The mission of the authorities participating in "Operation Predator 2010" was to conduct internet chat room discussions while posing as underage (under 15-years-old) girls and/or boys.
If, while chatting, an adult man or woman solicits, seduces, lures, or entices a meeting for the purpose of any sex act, the objective was to identify that person and to arrest and file a criminal complaint against that person.
Throughout the month of June, officers spent many hours chatting online while posing at the teenager. During the hours spent, several sexually illicit contacts were made to the undercover officers.
From their efforts, one offender, James Buchanan, 50, of Fouke was arrested Thursday June 24 after attempting to pick up an alleged underage female from a house in Texarkana.
Buchanan was arrested and charged with internet stalking of a child, a felony crime.
At this time, warrants have been issued for two local offenders and several additional warrants are expected.
Overall the operation was a success. USMS Agent Cory Harris advised, "If this operation prevents just one child from becoming the victim of a sexual crime, then our work throughout the week will be well worth it."
(Source: Texarkana Arkansas Police Dept.)