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8 men arrested in online sting

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - An undercover sex sting in central Virginia has netted eight men, accused of trolling online for sex with minors. The arrests were the result of a sting by the Louisa County Sheriff's Department called "Operation Guardian Online". 

It is an ongoing effort by Louisa law enforcement, where cops pose as young people online to capture people looking for sex. Under arrest are 23-year-old Shakir Moore of Richmond, 55-year-old T.J. Dudley and 22-year-old Christopher Anderson both of Charlottesville, 32-year-old Adam Toghill of Richmond and 26-year-old Joseph McDaniel of Goochland.  

The sheriff's office also released indictments on 71-year-old Charles Hopkins, and 75-year-old Richard Wilz both of Louisa, and 19-year-old William Peele the Third from Mechanicsville. 

Police used web sites like craigslist during the month long undercover investigation. Investigations like these usually always turn up someone looking for sex with a minor. 

"I think a lot of these guys play the averages. They get online, they contact somebody they think may be an underage child, and they just assume that more than likely there's not a police officer on the other end of the line. But our main goal is to get the word out that, hey, this stuff is not tolerated here," said Detective Patrick Siewert with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. 

Louisa law enforcement officials aren't done yet. They say they will continue their investigation until the end of the year. They claim the men arrested in this particular sting would get online, propose graphic acts of sex numerous times to people they thought were underage. 

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