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Jonesboro man arrested in child-sex sting

A 35-year-old corporate headhunter was arrested by the FBI in Morrow on charges he enticied a child to have sex.

Robert Brady Dacus, of Jonesboro, allegedly carried on an Internet conversation with someone he believed to be a 10-year-old girl, but who was actually a police officer, undercover and trolling the Internet, according to the Federal Bureau Investigation. On Wednesday, the man was arrested in Morrow, where he was allegedly attempting to meet the child to have sex with her.

The sting was done by the Safe Child Task Force, an FBI-led coalition of federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The Clayton County Police Department and the Morrow Police Department participated in the task force.

The sting was the latest of the federal-local operations, which have snared a local police officer, a local lawyer, an information-technology manager from Missouri, a high-ranking federal employee from Virginia, and others.

FBI Spokesman Steve Emmett said Internet child predators are not a fad and, despite high profile sting operations and arrests, the number of predators continues to increase.

"It really does amaze me and does amaze my peers in law enforcement," Emmett said. "The number of child predators does appear to be growing instead of dissipating ... they're not going away like we had hoped."

Emmett said there's some research to suggest the increase in Internet predators reflects the increasing use of online peer-to-peer tools, such as the social networks which are currently ubiquitous among teenagers.

- Daniel Silliman