Topeka (WIBW) - Area law enforcement wrapped up an undercover sting operation Monday designed to nab internet predators.
The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office coordinated the effort. The District Attorney's Office says it led to three arrests, with charges already filed against one of the suspects.
DA Chad Taylor says 24-year old Patrick Johnson of Topeka is charged with two counts of electronic solicitation of a child under the age of fourteen. He was taken into custody August 13 and is being held on $75,000 bond.
Also arrested in the sting were 39-year old Nasir Manzur of Wichita and 19-year old Nathan Gerum of Wausau, Wisconsin. They were arrested separately on August 14 and both are being held on $250,000 bond on charges of electronic solicitation of a child under the age of fourteen.
The DA's office says charged against Manzur and Gerum must be filed by 4 pm Wednesday, August 18.
The week-long sting operation took place from a southeast Topeka home. Law enforcement officers chatted online with potential suspects.
More than 60 law enforcement officers were involved. In addition to the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, agencies involved were the Topeka Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Attorney General’s Office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office.