2 locals arrested in sex sting

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Two Wise County residents were arrested last week as part of an undercover sting of men seeking sex with minors.

On July 17 and 18, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint online solicitation operation with other local law enforcement agencies. Ten men were arrested as a result of the operation.

“The goal of the operation was to conduct undercover online chats utilizing personal advertisements, covert social media and other communication platforms to communicate with potential targets looking to have sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 17,” a news release from Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree stated. “Individuals that agreed to meet were sent to a local location and were met instead by law enforcement and arrested.”

All 10 were charged with the felony offense of online solicitation of a minor.

Among those arrested were two men with Wise County addresses, according to Denton County Jail records – Mitchell Kerley of Alvord and Jesse Wilson of New Fairview.

Five of those arrested were Denton County residents, and the other three suspects were from counties contiguous to Denton County.

“This operation was a huge success,” Murphree stated in the news release. “I am extremely proud of all the dedicated officers that worked long hours to take these predators off the street. I want to thank all the agencies that participated to make this possible. This type of operation should open the eyes of parents and other citizens to the dangers that lurk on the internet. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect our most precious resource, our kids.”

In addition to the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, other law enforcement agencies involved in the operation included the Texas Department of Public Safety, Denton PD, University of North Texas PD, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Fort Worth PD, Wylie PD, Homeland Security, Dallas PD and the U.S. Navy NCIS.

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