SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office recently wrapped up a weeklong sting dubbed Operation to Catch-a-Predator.
Working with allied law enforcement agencies, undercover agents posed as 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls, chatting with men through online apps.
Arrests were made after suspects sent back explicit communication and tried to meet up with them.
“We were able to set up a decoy operation, ‘To Catch a Predator’-style, and arrest 18 folks for trying to engage in sexual activity with folks that they believed were underaged girls,” said Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
Operation Catch-a-Predator conducted last week by sheriff’s detectives, along with several other law enforcement agencies, arrested men ranging in age from 19 to 57.
Among them was 56-year-old Ronald Ray Lovell, of Tracy, a…