Eleven men were arrested for trying to solicit minors online for sex in Texas, police said.

An investigation, dubbed Operation Stylianos, was carried out on Aug. 8-9 by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, the Arlington Police Department and various federal agencies.

Undercover officers used online personal ads, covert social media, and communications platforms to meet potential people soliciting sex with a minor under the age of 17.

Fort Worth police said 11 people were arrested in the sting operation and that four crimes were committed over the course of the investigation. Arrest warrants for those crimes will be obtained.

Authorities only named nine of those arrested on third-degree felony online solicitation of a minor charges.

If a minor is younger than 14 years old or is an individual whom the suspect believes to be younger than 14 years old at the time of the crime, it is a second-degree felony.

Police are investigating to determine if there are additional victims.

The following nine people were arrested in the sting:

  • Christopher Alan Hodge, 44 (consented to a DPS polygraph and believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl; used a smartphone with a dating app; is a homeless man who had an outstanding warrant for assault family violence)
  • Gerald Eugene Weishuhn II, 37 (consented to a DPS tactical polygraph; believed he was meeting a 13-year-old girl)
  • Gilmar Coutinho Darosa, 39 (believed he was meeting a 13-year-old girl; is a Brazilian national who was on probation for a previous sexual assault with a child charge)
  • Jose Manuel Guzman Hernandez, 29 (believed he was meeting a 13-year-old girl; is a Mexican national and is being held on an ICE detainer)
  • Mikel Adam Couch, 25 (consented to a DPS tactical polygraph and believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl; will faces charges with possession of four videos child pornography on his mobile phone)
  • Christopher Dave Dieterich, 37 (consented to a DPS tactical polygraph; believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl)
  • Stephen Kyle Honza, 34 (consented to a DPS polygraph; believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl)
  • Jason Alan Hamner, 40 (consented to a DPS tactical polygraph; believed he was meeting a 14-year-old girl)
  • Stephen Polo Romo, 23 (consented to a DPS tactical polygraph and believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl; was also charged with prostitution of a child under 18. Investigators also found child pornography on his phone and a warrant for that crime will be written at a later date)

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