One by one they arrived at the brown colonial in this quiet neighborhood, allegedly with one purpose — to have sex with a 12-year-old girl or a 13-year-old boy.
There was the 32-year-old math teacher from Harrison, N.Y., who police said claimed he only wanted to smoke marijuana with the girl.
And the the 28-year-old sandwich-shop manager from Ansonia who allegedly sent the boy a photograph of his private parts and claimed he only wanted to follow up with a kiss.
And the 31-year-old T-shirt printer from Shelton, who later told police he was medically unable to have sex. The box of condoms found in his car? They were
Then there was 27-year-old Stephen Buchanan, of Stratford, a member of the Connecticut National Guard who fought in Iraq. Police said he tried to convince the Fairfield University student portraying the girl to get into his car, where officers later found a black bag containing a loaded gun, a roll of duct tape, a knife and a box of condoms.
He is now being held in lieu of $1.1 million bond.
“Our community is safer today as a result of this operation,” Police ChiefGary MacNamara said following a made-for-TV sting that started Thursday and ran through the weekend.
Ten men, ranging in age from 19 to 64, who police said each came to a house in Fairfield expecting to have sex with a minor, were arrested in an undercover operation. Five of the men arrested came from out of state. the rest are from Connecticut, including one from Fairfield.
The sting was set up — with the cooperation of local police and Bridgeport State’s Attorney John Smriga — by former NBC newsman Chris Hansen, whose “To Catch a Predator” segments used to be featured on network’s “Dateline NBC” program.