11 Pedophiles Arrested during Major Police Sting Operation in Texas

A multi-agency police sting operation has taken down almost a dozen pedophiles in Texas, authorities have revealed.

The Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) announced in a Facebook post that 11 men were arrested for allegedly trying to have sex with minors, all from Texas.

The FWPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit worked in cooperation with local, state, and federal agencies on a three-day “Online Solicitation Sting Operation.”

The sting operation led to the arrest of 11 male Texas residents in early June 2023.

Authorities established designated locations for subjects to show up.

When the men arrived, expecting to meet with a child, where they were subsequently arrested, a police spokesperson told TheBlaze.

Each of the suspects was charged with one or more counts of online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony in Texas.

The media alert stated that authorities used several online platforms to communicate with the suspects.

The individuals they snared were pedophiles who were “actively seeking to engage in sexual conduct with children under the age of 17.”

According to police, 42-year-old Daniel Alford of Fort Worth is a registered sex offender.

Alford went to a location where he allegedly thought he was going to have sex with a 15-year-old.

Alford allegedly spoke sexually with a law enforcement agent he thought he was 16 years old.

Other Fort Worth suspects include 24-year-old Joshua Whitfield.

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Whitfield, who was already on probation for a robbery case, allegedly thought he was meeting a 16-year-old girl for sex.

This was also allegedly true of Jimmy Johns, a 52-year-old.

A fourth Fort Worth suspect, Christopher Upton, 29, is accused of having attempted to meet a 16-year-old for sex, as well.

Lyle Campbell-Gergen, a 34-year-old from North Richland Hills, Texas, allegedly believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl.

23-year-old Kristofer Kane of Richmond Hills, Texas, allegedly believed he was meeting a 16-year-old girl for sex, according to authorities.

Along with 33-year-old Kautik Patel of Cleburne, Texas, even a 19-year-old was allegedly caught trying to meet someone he believed was a 15-year-old girl.

The teen, Aaurje Henderson, hails from Bedford, Texas.

In addition, Jonathan Bailey, a 26-year-old from Garland, Texas, and Joshua Blackmon, a 24-year-old from Aubrey, Texas, were allegedly arrested for attempting to meet a 16-year-old for sex.

The only accused man not to have his mugshot shared by authorities was Brian Swift.

55-year-old Swift allegedly sent explicit pictures of himself to someone he thought was a 16-year-old girl.

Multiple law enforcement agencies took part in the sting, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Secret Service, and Immigration Customs and Enforcement, as well as several local police departments.

Forth Worth Police confirmed that “none of the accused [were] working as part of a group, nor [was] there a network of individuals.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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