HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WXTX) -
Harris County Sheriff's deputies didn't have to go undercover for their latest bust of sexual predators. The tip came from a local parent who found her 15 year old on the website DateHookUp.com.
Even though the website says you must be 18 years old to sign up, the young girl got through and was being propositioned by men in the area.
The mother turned over her daughter's profile to Harris County Investigators.
When someone initiated contact with the 15 year old, they responded.
Investigator Glenn Presley said, "The chat messages were very explicit, sexually explicit. Some of those sending the chats were actually inquiring about meeting the 15 year old. The sexually explicit communication continued and there were obscene and lewd photos sent. A meeting place was set up."
Instead of a cute 15 year old girl, the men encountered deputies with handcuffs.
Kurt Ventors, Steven Horward and Justin Copeland are all charged with attempted child molestation. John Perrine was charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes and furnishing obscene material to a minor.
"It goes back to just old fashioned parenting. You really have to be aware of what your teenagers are doing, especially as it pertains to online," said Presley. "It really surprises me how many people are out there that are willing to commit this kind of crime. It kind of blows your mind at the magnitude."
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