Online, underage sex operation nets 14 arrests | Crime
Plant City, Florida-- Police arrested 14 people in Plant City last week as a part of a three-day, undercover sting in which suspects arranged to have sex with minors.
According to reports, Plant City Police teamed up with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and prosecutors from the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office to conduct ;"Operation Last Minute".
During the operation, officers posted online ads pretending to be minors, or parents offering up their minors for sex.;
Those arrested reportedly chatted via text or email about the ads, and arranged meetings, sent pornographic photos of themselves and asked for nude pictures of the "children".
When the suspects arrived for what they believed to be pre-arranged meetings for sex, they found Plant City Police Officers instead.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that a total of 8 men were arrested, though Plant City Police said Monday the number had risen to 14.
The following men, ranging in age from 19 to 57, were arrested during the sting:
- David Langford, 56, of Alturas
- Toby Hebert, 41, of Holiday
- David Letchworth, 22, of Tampa
- James McGinnis, 46, of Dover
- Chuck Lindeen, 53, of St. Petersburg
- David Bigelow, 43, of Massachusetts
- Peter Ciaverelli, 30, of Tampa
- Joseph Malventano, 23, of Odessa
- Nathan Warren, 23, of New Port Richey
- Pedro Leon, 18, of Plant City
- Vincent Lamar Lewis Jr., 19, of Wesley Chapel
- Spyros Kouvaras, 18, of Spring Hill
- Brian Daniel Dahlberg, 26, of Tampa
- Shannon Paul Beasley, 35, of Valrico