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Sting leads to arrest of 26 for online child sex offenses


A Cypress-Fairbanks ISD band director, a Houston firefighter and a Texas prison guard — all now relieved of their duties — are among 26 men facing charges arising from a two-month sting operation that investigated Internet crimes against children, authorities said Wednesday.

"I hope this gives you a picture of what a true pedophile might look like," Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said at a news conference in The Woodlands, pointing to a photo display of the arrested suspects. "They come from all walks of life, all ages and all races."

He warned parents to be vigilant in controlling their children's use of social media applications such as Grindr, Tinder, Vine, Instagram and others where investigators have found predators trolling for underage children, both girls and boys.

"This is a global problem that knows no social or economic barriers. No one agency alone can fight it," said Brian Moskowitz, who heads the Houston regional office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which provided computer forensic experts for the investigation.

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