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ROUNDUP: Kentucky Attorney General's Office arrests five men for trying to meet children for sex

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Five men who were allegedly trying to meet children for sex met police detectives instead -- and now they're in jail.

On Wednesday morning, during a news conference at the Sun Valley Community Center in Valley Station, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear addressed the recent arrests made by his Cyber Crimes Unit.

All five of the suspects thought they were meeting children for sex -- but were instead interacting online with undercover investigators.

"These are dangerous people that are out there on our streets and we need to do everything we can to not only protect our children, but to locate, identify and ultimately pull these folks off the street," Beshear said.

A few were before a judge in Louisville Wednesday morning, all suspected of seeking sex with a minor, and some also facing child pornography charges.

Among them was 39-year-old Timothy Tucker. Police say he had a gun when he showed up for what he thought was sex with a minor. 

Police say 29-year-old Jeffrey Stone came from Brandenburg, thinking that the child he was speaking with online would have sex with him -- but it turns out that he was conversing with an undercover investigator.

The other suspects include Carl Sewell and Wayne Wilson -- both of Louisville -- and Jeffrey Lee Justice, who was arrested last week.

"In one of these instances, the person believed a parent was going to show up with their children, and sadly we see that across the Commonwealth," Beshear said.

That was Justice's case. Police say he thought he was coming in from Lexington, Indiana, for a sexual encounter with a man's 14- and 8-year-old stepdaughters. 

All five suspects have pleaded not guilty.

The Attorney General's Office says they've topped 80 arrests of dangerous sexual predators so far this year -- and they say they're cracking down. Investigators now comb websites like Backpage.com and the Kik app fishing for buzzwords, waiting for bad guys to take the bait.

But, Beshear says, parents must also police their kids. 

"Make sure you monitor and know what websites or apps they use, because today people can communicate through almost any app on their phone," Beshear said. "There's so many different ways, so understand how to protect their children."

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