A sting to capture attempted child molesters netted 49 men in Riverside County, including a U.S. Homeland Security agent and a high school teacher, law enforcement authorities announced Friday.
The arrests, to be aired on a "Dateline NBC" television segment, followed police-monitored Internet chat room sessions with authorities posing as girls and boys.
"The men were very descriptive in what kind of sex acts they were going to do to these children," said Michelle Paradise, a Riverside County deputy district attorney who supervised the sting. "We know this is a prevalent problem, but to see 49 guys come through in three days, that's scary and alarming."
Among those arrested last weekend were Michael Burks, 30, a Homeland Security agent who was formerly a police officer in La Verne, and Walter Babst, a high school math teacher from La Verne, the prosecutor said.