Cook County Sheriff leads national sex crime sting

February 7, 2012

The Associated Press

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

The days surrounding the Super Bowl weren't so super for more than 500 people arrested around the country on prostitution and other sex crime charges.

In a news release, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's Office announced Tuesday that it had coordinated the operation that involved law enforcement agencies in Illinois and seven other states.

During the "National Day of Johns Arrests" the agencies conducted stings in hotels, on the streets, in brothels and online over a 10-day period that ended Monday night.

Dart says 314 of the 565 arrests were men accused of soliciting sex. Others were arrested for human trafficking, pimping, pandering, as well as drug and weapons charges.

The other states involved were Indiana, Massachusetts, California, Arizona, Nevada, Virginia and Ohio.