Volusia County sex predator sting nets 43 arrests

Former police officer among arrested

A Volusia County sheriff's office undercover child sex operation results in 43 arrests, including a former New Smyrna police officer.

47 year old Raymond Smith, of Daytona, a bail bondsman and a former police officer, was arrested for possession of child pornography found on his work cell phone.
Of the 43 arrested, 22 men were caught on camera approaching a decoy home after making arrangements to have sex with someone they thought was a child.
Deputies said Operation PredaTour wrapped up  Saturday night and targeted child predators, prostitution and distribution of child pornography.
Many of the men had drugs, sex toys, and one man, seen in the sheriff's office undercover video even brought chicken nuggets.

More than 20 local, state and federal agencies took part in the operation and it was no coincidence the sting took place during Bike Week.

Officials said illegal sex trade is common for special events, 19 arrests were made for prostitution.

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