Undercover operation nets one arrest in Oneida County
An Athens man appeared in Oneida County court Monday, facing charges related to crimes against children. Oneida County deputies arrested 35-year-old Dustin Zernicke Friday after conducting an undercover operation targeting online predators who solicit children for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
According to a press release, this is the first operation, which used online ads to communicate with predators, the Oneida County Internet Crimes against Children Task Force conducted alone. Sheriff Grady Hartman has indicated the task force will be conducting similar operations on a regular basis.