Eight men – including a former Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy – have been arrested for soliciting minors for sex as a part of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s “Operation Spring Cleaning.” During the operation an undercover deputy posed online as a 13 or 14-year-old girl, and in one case as a boy. The men are accused of communicating with the deputy and arranging to meet. However, when they showed up, they were arrested. The eight range in age from 22 to 79 and all but one are from the local area. Matthew Stevens, one of the men arrested, is a former Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy.

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