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Stillwater man arrested in undercover online operation

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YUKON, Okla.-An online sex sting by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office lands a Stillwater man behind bars.

Investigators say 30-year-old Stephen Sloan arranged to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old girl at a Yukon movie theater.

Instead, he was met by sheriff’s deputies.

Det. Adam Flowers with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office said, “I entered a chat room, sat there and was contacted by Mr. Sloan.”

Within 20 minutes of detectives posing as a 15-year-old girl, authorities say Sloan turned the conversation to sex.

Officials allege Sloan began detailing explicit sex acts and eventually arranged to meet the teen and her friend at a movie theater Friday evening.

Det. Flowers said, “When I was at the movie theater waiting for this man to show up, and I see these children out there waiting and wanting to see a movie, waiting for their parents to pick them up, parents dropping them off. These children are innocent. They can’t fend for themselves.”

Flowers says Sloan wanted to have group sex with the fake 15-year-old girl and her friend, along with taking pictures of the girls performing sexual acts on each other.

Deputies say Sloan pulled into the theater parking lot and left.

That is when they pulled him over and took him into custody.

Sloan was taken to the Canadian County Jail where he is awaiting arraignment and bond.

Officials are warning parents of online predators say it only takes a matter of minutes for a child to become a target.

Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said, “That’s what parents need to be aware of. It takes minutes for them to hit on my undercover deputy. He’s usually in a chat room for less than 15 minutes.”

Flowers said, “There are monsters out there and these monsters will do nothing but prey on these children and ruin their lives if they get ahold of them.”

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Department is part of the “Internet Crimes Against Children” program.