SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - The Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office says they arrested four suspected pedophiles in an undercover cyber investigation.
The suspects are: Tyler Martin, 21 from Richmond; John Howell, 44 from Fredericksburg; Toby Parker, 46 from Manassas and Robert Catanzaro, 55 from Fredericksburg.
The Sheriff's Office says the four suspects traveled to Spotsylvania County to meet with an underage female "with the intent of having sexual contact." The "underage female" turned out to be a Spotsylvania detective.
"The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit has had a great deal of success, since its creation and has brought several suspects to justice over the last three years," said Sheriff Roger Harris. "These subjects target young children and attempt to establish relationships with them in the different on-line mediums. The goal of these suspects is to 'Groom' the children, convincing them to meet and then perpetrate their criminal acts."
All four suspects face felony counts of indecent liberties and using a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.