More than two dozen men thought they were meeting with underage teenagers for sex.
One brought condoms and alcoholic beverages to the rendezvous. Another one brought along his toddler.
Instead, authorities say, the 25 men were met by uniformed officers.
The men were arrested as part of an investigation targeting predators who solicit sex from minors online, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.
For three days last week, investigators with the sheriff’s office’s High Tech Crime Unit posed as underage kids, between ages 11 and 15, as they talked to the suspects online and agreed to meet with them at certain locations, according to media reports.
The men, whose ages range from 20 and 48, were arrested last week, according to ABC affiliate KTRK-TV. They have been charged with online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.
Seven of the suspects showed up armed. One, a security guard who pretended to be an officer from a nearby county, brought alcohol and 25 condoms with him, according to KHOU-TV. Another one showed up with his 2-year-old son, the TV station reported.