FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office took 6 men in custody who they said tried to arrange sex online with what they believed was a 14-year-old girl.

Operation Safe Summer targeted sexual predators by having undercover officers pose as 14-year-old girls online.

  • 32-year-old Densworth Hendricks of Destin
  • 44-year-old Steven Hooper of Fort Walton Beach
  • 45-year-old John Staggs of Shalimar
  • 28-year-old Jordan Towery of Milton
  • 22-year-old Miguel Santa Maria of Opelika Alabama
  • 57-year old Walter Mochel of Shalimar

The four-day operation led the suspects into custody on July 9 in Fort Walton Beach. OCSO said more suspects are in custody and charges are pending.

OCSO said online crimes and sexual crimes against children remain top priorities for the department.

Stay ahead of the biggest stories, breaking news and weather in Mobile, Pensacola and across the Gulf Coast and Alabama. Download the WKRG News 5 news app and be sure to turn on push alerts.