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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -
35 suspects who investigators say made arrangements to have sex with children, were arrested during a recent four-day undercover sting.
"Operation Home Alone" targeted people who use a computer or other electronic devices to try to arrange to have sex with children, according to Clearwater Police.
The suspects, who range in age from 19 to 65, thought they were chatting with boys or girls, instead they were communicating with undercover detectives, investigators say.
The suspects then traveled to various locations to have sex with the kids, who they thought were as young as 11-years-old. But, the men were arrested instead, according to investigators.
"If these predators are going after our children, we're going to make sure we go after these predators," said Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office partnered with Clearwater Police for the sting.
Investigators say most of the suspects were from the Tampa Bay area. 23 were from Pinellas County, seven were from Hillsborough County and two each were from Pasco and Manatee counties.
One man traveled all the way from Miami to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Another came from Tarpon Springs to have sex with a mother and her two daughters, ages 11 and 14, according to investigators.
The suspects were arrested on a variety of charges, the most common ones include traveling to meet a minor and seduction of a child using the internet or an electronic device. Other charges included attempted lewd and lascivious battery, resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer.
The following suspects were arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail:
Eden Imran Emanuel Popo II, 26, Oldsmar
Mark Edward Holzworth, 26, Clearwater, 26
Dean Laurence Ingram, 47, New Port Richey
Roger Morgan Palmer, 63, Tarpon Springs
Marcus Allen Coffey, 19, Tampa
Stanley Bruce Sandrowitz, 65, Clearwater
Shane Lee Power, 26, Largo
Demetrius Stephaun Cardwell, 20, Clearwater
Kevin Matthew Zalich, 39, Lutz
Minh Phuoc Nguyen, 24, Dunedin
Stephen Eric Virgil, 46, Tampa
David Brian Hubbard, 53,Seminole
John Jackson Finch, 25, Dunedin
Jeance Asdrub Colina-Enriquez, 20, Tampa
Luis R. Malave, 38, Clearwater
Yaser Abdelrahman Manm Alsalameh, 27, Tampa
Travis Labron Freeman, 25, Kenneth City
Nicholas Demasky, 29, Hudson
Russell Allen Edwards, 39, St. Petersburg
Eric A Mendez, 30, St. Petersburg
Steven James Bandura, 22, Largo
David Alan Degener, 29, Tampa
Kevin Miller, 33, Clearwater
Michael H Powers, 54, St. Petersburg
Clinton Bradley Sizemore, 38, Clearwater
Alexander Levi Blackwell, 35, Miami
Elliot Sheffield, 26, Clearwater
Robert Luis Scherriff, 60, Oldsmar
James Ronald King, 28, Tampa
Alberto Aguilar Jimenez, 28, Pinellas Park
George Francis Dadswell Jr., 57, St. Petersburg,
Steven Knapp, 25, Dunedin
Jose Armando Guandique, 42, Clearwater
Rodney Glen Montgomery, 45, Bradenton
Michael R Dempsey, 43, Bradenton
Other participating agencies included the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Air Force, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Polk County Sheriff's Office, St. Petersburg Police Department and Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office.
All of the participating law enforcement agencies are part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.