Hartford PD: Sexual predator operation a success

Hartford PD: Sexual predator operation a success

GENEVA CO., AL (WSFA) - One Wiregrass police department is taking to the internet to fight crime.

The Hartford Police Department is working along side Perverted Justice, a non profit organization, to catch online sex predators before they strike.

"Basically when they start talking or texting with someone on a website, and it turns sexually explicit or goes into the predator wanting to have sex or meet the child for sex, they will contact us," said Lt. Tim Goad.

The most recent arrest came on Saturday when 34-year-old Jeong Lee allegedly traveled to Hartford with plans to meet who he believed was an underage female.

Six months since starting operation Guardian Angel, the Hartford Police Department has arrested and charged a total of 13 men. They have all been charged with electronic solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act. So far investigators believe their efforts have been a success.

"The way we look at it, we are the guardian angels protecting our children," said Goad. "We want to keep doing this as long as perverted justice is willing to work with us and as long as these guys keep trying to come to meet a child. We will be here waiting for them."

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