Detectives and Agents with the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) arrested 12 child predators from Tallahassee to Lake City as part of a weeklong investigation known as Operation Cupid’s Arrow.
Operation Cupid’s Arrow was a joint law enforcement operation involving local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force or ICAC. The goal of this operation was to target suspects who prey on children using the Internet.
The ICAC Task Force Members conduct investigations like these in on a daily basis. But Operation Cupid’s Arrow was a larger scale operation planned to deliver a clear message: If you prey on our children, we will find you and arrest you!!!
Operation Cupid’s Arrow yielded a total of 12 arrests. Four of those arrests came from Columbia County;
James Michael Singletary 53 of Jennings Fl.,
Philip Aaron Graham 41 of Live Oak Fl.,
Matthew Franklin Carter 33 of Lane Park Ga.,
Kly Lee Johnson 26 of Lake City Fl.
The arrestees during the operation came from all walks of life. Regardless of their individual differences, these suspects all have one thing in common, their strong desire to have sexual relations with children.
Investigators found child sex predators in chat rooms, dating sites and social media networks using instant messaging, texting, and even online classified ads. Parents need to be vigilant and talk with their children about the internet!
For information on how you can keep your family safe, visit www.secureflorida.org
Agencies who are part of the North Florida ICAC Task Force are the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Sheriff’s Offices of Columbia, Leon, Volusia, Marion, Jacksonville, Okaloosa, Putnam, Walton, Seminole, and St. Johns counties, and the Police Departments of Tallahassee, Gainesville, Cocoa, Orange Park, and Panama City, along with the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshal’s Service, State Attorneys, 2nd and 3rd Judicial Circuits and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Northern and Middle District.
Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “I am grateful for all the partnering agencies participating in this operation; removing these predators from our communities will go a long way in keeping our children safe!” “I would like to give a special thanks to the following local businesses that provided meals and support to the numerous law enforcement personnel on the operation; Panera Bread, Premier Paper and Janitorial Supplies, KC’s Produce, Spires, Firehouse Subs, The Landing Family Restaurant, Ken’s BBQ, Moe’s, and 1000 Degrees Pizza.”