GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) –
Five men were arrested during a sting in Guilford this weekend that was searching for potential sex offenders.
Between Friday and Sunday, the Guilford Police Department and the Veterans 4 Child Rescue Foundation conducted a regional/multi-jurisdictional joint/parallel sting known as “Not in my Town” initiative.
The focus of the sting was to arrest “potential sex offenders” after investigators had “arranged sexual liaisons” with fictional children. The fictional children reached out to the possible suspect through various social media applications over the internet.
“They came to a home with the understanding that they were going to meet a woman and her stepdaughter and the woman was providing this daughter for them. So this is some next level perversion,” said Guilford Police Chief Jeffrey Hutchinson.
But there was never a woman or a teen.
“The reason we’re doing this is multi-fold. Obviously, we want to raise awareness for parents, educators, anyone that’s in contact with children to make sure they understand the dangers of the internet, parents need to understand what their children are doing,” Hutchinson said.