WOOD COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - A Toledo man says he's guilty of sending inappropriate texts messages to a young girl.
Aaron Swartz pleaded guilty to two counts of importuning and was arrested after sending sexually explicit messages to who he thought was a teenage girl.
As it turns out, it was actually a Wood County Sheriff's deputy.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says unfortunately, there are many people who jump on opportunities to build relationships with minors and that's why these stings aim to get those people off the streets.
He says it's important for parents to also be aware of what their kids are doing online, because these stings only catch a fraction of the predators who are out there.
"We've done demonstrations in front of parent groups, where we'll go online posing as a 13-year-old, and there will be predators hitting within minutes, wanting to be their friend, and wanting to start a relationship, it's scary," said Wasylyshyn.
Swartz is due back in court for sentencing on May 9.