Garrard County, KY

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings
In December 2017, local police conducted an undercover operation focused on apprehending men using the internet to prey on children for sexual purposes.  Using popular social media websites, an officer posed as a 15-year-old female who was interested in meeting an older man for sex. In each case, after exchanging private online messages and text messages, a meeting was scheduled.  When the men appeared and affirmed their intent to purchase sex, they were apprehended by members of the Garrard County and Lancaster Police Departments. One of the apprehended men indicated he worked around youth, and another had a Bible and Santa outfit in his car, suggesting working or volunteering in proximity to children.Police arrested four men whose identities were released in news reports.  All were charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, sex act under 16 years of age, and prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure minor/peace officer.



Key Partners

  • Garrard Police Department
  • Lancaster Police Department

Key Sources

Reverse Sting:


State Kentucky
Type County
Population 17237
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