In January 2018, Guilford police arrested five men in an online reverse sting operation targeting men seeking to buy sex with children. Operation “Not in my Town” was a collaborative effort between Guilford police, the New Haven State’s Attorney and the Veterans for Child Rescue Foundation. Officials said the men had gone online using various social media applications and arranged “sexual liaisons” with fictional children. The arrested men had all conversed online with a police officer posing as a minor, and all five were charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Attempt to Commit Risk of Injury. The identities of the arrested men were publicly disclosed. Law enforcement stated that the ads for sex with children had over 5,000 responses.
- Guilford Police Department
- New Haven State’s Attorney
- Veterans for Child Rescue Foundation
Web-Based Reverse Stings: