A registered sex offender from Pensacola and two men from Milton were among the eight suspects arrested on suspicion of soliciting minors for sex after a sting operation by the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
The eight suspects all allegedly responded to online and engaged in conversations with undercover officers posing as minors. They arranged meetings with who they believed were the children, and were taken into custody when they arrived at the deated meeting locations.
Jame Nicholas Gibson27, allegedly responded to an online ad targeting people looking to solicit sexual activities with underage children. Gibson engaged in a conversation with an undercover officer posing as a year-old girl and asked for a photo of her breasts, according to his arrest report.
More: Navarre man sentenced to 25 years in prison, lifetime probation for molestation of. On Friday, he allegedly traveled to a location in Santa Rosa Beach to meet with who he thought was the girl.
But before police could arrest him, he fled, driving more than mph on State Road 30A before eventually crashing into a bay and then fleeing on foot, according to the news release. He was arrested the following morning and was charged with using a computer to seducetraveling to meet a minor for sex, using a communication device in the commission of a felony, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.
Trenton Patrick Hooks32, of Milton, is accused of ing and sending text messages to an undercover investigator who posed as a mother wanting someone to have sex with her year-old daughter. Hooks allegedly responded to an ad on Craiglist and, after he learned the girl's age, he sent a photo of his genitals to the officer. Authorities said he traveled Sunday from his home in Milton to meet the minor and, on the way, bought lubrication.
He faces charges for using a computer to solicit a parent or guardian to engage in sexual activity with a minor, transmitting harmful material to a minor, traveling to meet a minor for sex and using a communication device in the commission of a felony.
More: Gulf Breeze man sentenced to 75 years for sexual battery of. Another Milton man, year-old Timothy Keith Lewiswas arrested after he allegedly responded to an ad on Whisper and had a conversation with an undercover officer pretending to be a year-old girl. Lewis then allegedly traveled from his home in Milton to meet who he believed was the girl to engage in sexual activity, according to police.
He has been charged with using a computer to seducetraveling to meet a minor for sex and using a communication device in the commission of a felony. Facebook Twitter. Pensacola sex offender, 2 Milton men arrested in Walton County child sex sting operation.
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