A Minnesota man was among the 18 people arrested in a Georgia sex sting operation.
Kevin Scott Kerr, 48, of St. Paul, was one of the suspects arrested in the five-day sting called "Operation Riptide," according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation news release.
The sting centered in Glynn County, Georgia, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the suspects, who ranged in age from 19-58 years old, traveled to the area to meet a child for sex.
Kerr was arrested Sunday night was arrested after making contact with an undercover agent, KARE 11 says. Investigators say he had arranged to meet two 14-year-old girls for sex, the news station notes.
He is charged with using a computer to solicit a child, under the child exploitation prevention act.
Exploitation of children
As the internet grows, so does the number of cases involving the exploitation of children, which includes sexual abuse images, online enticement, sex trafficking and sexual molestation, the FBI says.
The agency works with other programs, including the Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program (a network of 61 task forces across the country – including in Georgia and Minnesota) and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Between 2001 and 2013, the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children program made more than 23,953 arrests.
In 2015, the NCMEC's CyberTipline received 4.4 million reports related to children being exploited, according to the organization's website.