LENEXA, Mo. - A Lenexa, Kan., man was charged Wednesday with attempting to pay for illicit sex with a 12-year-old after being caught in an undercover sting operation.
John J. McCarthy, 24, contacted a woman he believed to be the mother of two children, but was really an undercover Kansas City police detective. McCarthy proceeded to text and e-mail saying he would like to engage in sexual activity with the 12-year-old in exchange for money.
Guardian Angel, the undercover law enforcement operation, targets child sex trafficking in the Kansas City metro area.