And people continue to think Pizzagate is far-fetched, conspiracy theory, tin foil hat nonsense. Twelve people were arrested mid-February in North Florida in a child sex sting. Among those arrested were state employees, the page and messenger manager for the Florida House of Representatives and a Florida State University attorney.
News 4 Jax reports:
A dozen men, including a prominent state university attorney, were arrested during a weeklong child predator investigation, known as “Operation Cupid’s Arrow,” that stretched from Tallahassee to Lake City, authorities announced Thursday.
Detectives and agents from the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) took part in the investigation.
Investigators said they found child sex predators in chat rooms, dating sites and social media networks using instant messaging, texting and online classified ads.
Suspects came from all backgrounds from blue-collar workers to attorneys, including Dayton Cramer, the former associate general counsel for Florida State University, who resigned from his position after his arrest.
The ages of the men range from 21-70 years of age.
William Hall, a former clinical director of the Indian Health Services unit in Colville, Washington was among those arrested. He was a documented sexual predator in Washington, according to FDLE.
The bigger name arrests like those of a high-ranking associate general counsel for Florida State University and former Army Colonel, Dayton Cramer, and House page program manager, Michael A. Chmielewksi, garnered the attention of state senator Lauren Book.
“This week, Tallahassee was rocked by headlines telling of respected community members caught in the ‘Cupid’s Arrow’ sting: a lawyer, a (retired) doctor and an individual who works with children as young as 13 in the Capitol building,” Book said in an email to the Tallahassee Democrat. “This is shocking, it is terribly disturbing, but it is also all too familiar. I cannot say it enough. This happens in all communities, regardless of race, religion, education level or socioeconomic status. Any child can become a victim, and perpetrators are hiding in plain sight.”
Chmielewksi managed some 2-300 pages and messengers, ranging in ages from 13-18. Cramer resigned his position following the arrest.
Both the sheriff and an FBI agent put criminals who prey upon children on notice.
“My word to these folks that want to get out there on the internet and mess with our children, it is a day in and day out operation. We have continuous operation going 365 days a year,” Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said. “We are going to continue to do that as long as we have these type of people out there.”
“We are committed to protecting this community, and predators should know that the FBI and our partners will stop at nothing and use every available resource to identify and stop those who seek to exploit our children,” saidAgent Carlton Peeples, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division.
Mark Perez, FDLE special agent in charge of the Tallahassee Regional Operations Center, said, “If you prey on our children, we will find you and arrest you.”
Perez also noted the behavior of those interested in people they communicated with being underage.
“While most adults online immediately stop communicating with these investigators,” he said. “Once they believed they were children, the 12 suspects arrested during the operation only became more interested.”
The names of all the men arrested are:
- Tony Sheldon, 38 of Tallahassee.
- Philip Graham, 41, of Live Oak.
- William Hall, 64, of West Palm Beach.
- Calvin McFarland, 21, of Jacksonville.
- Kyl Johnson, 26 of Lake City.
- Christopher Francis, 34 of Tallahassee.
- Darrel Harvey, 48 of Tallahassee.
- Matthew Carter, 33 of Lake Park, Georgia.
- Frantisek Pribyl, 47 of Snellville, Georgia.
- Michael Chmielewski, 37 of Tallahassee.
- Dayton Cramer, 70 of Tallahassee.
- James Singletary, 53 of Jennings.
Each of the men was charged with traveling to meet after using a computer to lure a child and obscene communication use of a computer to seduce/solicit a child.
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