A Collier County high school student was arrested in an internet child sex sting in Central Florida, law enforcement officials announced Tuesday.
Frederick David Adams, 18, of the 700 block of Crossfield Circle, East Naples, was arrested during Operation Red Cheeks, conducted from Jan. 8-16 by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The sting resulted in 40 arrests, all in Osceola County. They included a swim coach, a professional golfer, an eighth grade teacher, and eight college students.
During the investigation, undercover deputies posed online in chat rooms and instant messaging programs as juveniles or the parent or guardian of a juvenile, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office. Most of the suspects sent pornographic images to the undercover detectives.
The suspects would then travel to Osceola County with the intent to have sex with a child, sometimes bringing alcohol or drugs to the meeting place, Osceola officials said.
Adams faces charges of travel to seduce a child to commit sex acts; use of computer to seduce/solicit/entice a parent, guardian or custodian of child to commit sex acts on the child; attempted lewd and lascivious battery on a child; travel to seduce/solicit/lure a parent, guardian or custodian to consent to commit sex acts with a child; use of a computer to solicit a child for sex; and possession of alcohol by a minor
Adams was identified as a high school student in a news releases. He was a sophomore last year at Naples High School, where he was on the lacrosse team and participated in ROTC, according to the school’s 2011 yearbook. No further details about his arrest were available.