12 arrested in 'Operation Cupid’s Arrow' child sex sting

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By: Erika Fernandez
February 16, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Twelve men from across north Florida and south Georgia are under arrest today following a child sex sting called 'Operation Cupid's Arrow.' Five of those men are from right here in Tallahassee.

The investigation wrapped up Thursday with a press conference at FDLE headquarters. Investigators say they used chat rooms, dating sites, social media, and even online classified ads. Officials say they want this to serve as a warning to predators that they will find and arrest you.

The investigation involved local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

"This type of crime cuts to the very core of why it's so important that we keep our children off the internet and at least aware of what they're doing on the internet and away from these sexual predators," said Leon County Sheriff, Walt McNeil.

The suspects range in age from 21 to 70-years old, coming from a variety of backgrounds including a college student to a well-respected attorney. Investigators say this proves child predators come in many different forms.

"This can be anybody, it's just those individuals that have the propensity to harm children by sexual encounters and sexual acts," said FDLE Special Agent in Charge, Mark Perez.

Investigators posing as underage children say the suspects became more interested in meeting with them after learning they were talking to minors.

"They’re not going to stop. Unfortunately, the internet and these chat rooms only make it easier for them to prey on our children," Perez said.

Internet usage is just one of the factors that officials say is putting our children at risk.

"They are vulnerable and they're susceptible to these communications and they get caught in them thinking that it's somebody else," Perez said.

Investigators say they're now doing everything they can to make sure these predators are taken off of the streets and put behind bars.

Some of the men even asked for or sent lewd photos to the children, all with the intent to act upon the sexual requests.

Only one of those men was a documented child predator prior to being arrested.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 16, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Thursday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announced the arrests of twelve suspects as part of a child sex sting known as 'Operation Cupid's Arrow.'

The suspects are all from North Florida and South Georgia, including five suspects from Tallahassee.

In the weeklong operation, investigators went undercover posing as children in chat rooms, dating sites, and social media platforms. FDLE says all of the suspects believed they were speaking with underage children.

The following suspects were arrested on the listed charges:

Tony Sheldon, 38, 2821 Richview Park Circle S., Tallahassee, Leon County Jail, 2/8/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Philip Graham, 41, 10093 81st Rd., Live Oak, Columbia County Jail, 2/9/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

William Hall, 64, 3204 Poinsettia Ave., West Palm Beach, Leon County Jail, 2/9/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Calvin McFarland, 21, 3399 Shauna Oaks Circle E., Jacksonville, Leon County Jail, 2/11/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Kyl Johnson, 26, 611 SW Dexter Circle, Apt. 204, Lake City, Columbia County Jail, 2/11/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Christopher Francis, 34, 2544 Bedford Way, Tallahassee, Leon County Jail, 2/11/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Darrel Harvey, 48, 7893 Preservation Road, Tallahassee, Leon County Jail, 2/12/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Matthew Carter, 33, 218 Oak Lane, Lake Park, GA., Columbia County Jail, 2/12/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Frantisek Pribyl, 47, 3971 Rocmar Dr., Snellville, GA., Leon County Jail, 2/12/17, attempted enticement of a minor and traveling to meet a minor for sex acts

Michael Chmielewski, 37, 1712 Hall Drive, Tallahassee, Leon County Jail, 2/12/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child

Dayton M. (Mike) Cramer, 70, 332 Winnstead Ct., Tallahassee, Leon County Jail, 2/14/17, attempted enticement of a minor

James Singletary, 53, 3131 NW 34th Blvd., Jennings, Columbia County Jail, 2/15/17, traveling to meet after using a computer to lure child and obscene communication use computer to seduce solicit/lure child


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