By: CJ Cassidy
Kennett, MO - Parents, consider yourself warned.That's the message from police after taking down more than a dozen would be online predators.
The two week long investigation took place in Kennett, but suspects hailed from all over Southeast Missouri, Northwest Tennessee, St. Louis, several different towns in Arkansas, even as far away as Fort Leonard Wood.
At first glance investigators don't appear to be doing anything unusual, as they sit at their computers. But a closer look reveals they're all posing as young teenage girls, chatting with would be online predators.
"We had one male show up from Dyersburg, Tennessee with a box of viagra and a box of condoms," Kennett Police Chief Barry Tate says.
But that, Tate says wasn't nearly as shocking as the number of predators they netted; all expecting to have sex with a minor.
Among the fifteen suspects: two prior sex offenders and one Army Staff Sgt.
"He was from Fort Leonard Wood and when he showed up he was driving a federal vehicle with his uniform in the back," Chief Tate says.