YORK COUNTY, S.C. – Ten people, including a college professor, were charged with sex crimes against children.
An operation called Vigilant Shepherd was launched in York County but covered the entire Charlotte area.
Vigilant Shepherd involved agencies, including the FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, CMPD and several sheriff’s offices in South Carolina.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson called those who were charged potential predators, who were arrested when police said they solicited undercover officers for sex.
Officers posed as children online to catch the alleged predators.
Five of the suspects drove to Fort Mill to try to meet them.
The suspects, who are from Rock Hill, Charlotte, Lincolnton, Mooresville and as far as Virginia, were charged with child sex crimes.