A Pine Bluff man was one of 25 people arrested during a week-long undercover sting operation in Florida that targeted people who allegedly were trying to have sex with children.

A Pine Bluff man was one of 25 people arrested during a week-long undercover sting operation in Florida that targeted people who allegedly were trying to have sex with children.


Robert Broach II, 33, was charged with use of a computer to solicit a child for sex, traveling to solicit a child for sex, attempted lewd and lascivious battery, and two counts of transmission of materials harmful to minors by electronic device.


According to a press release from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, "Detectives went online in various undercover capacities and subsequently set up meetings with the defendants at an undercover residence in Manatee County. The defendants went to the residence believing they were meeting up with a juvenile for a sexual encounter."


A list of defendants provided to news media outlets in Florida indicated Broach was the only defendant who did not live in the state of Florida. The youngest defendant was 19 and the oldest 75.


The undercover operation, dubbed "Operation Green Shepherd III" started Feb. 10 and ended Feb. 17.