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Dec 22, 2013 12:44 PM by Mackenzie Lee - KPAX News

More details emerge in Missoula child sex sting

MISSOULA - We have learned more details about the child sex sting in Missoula that put seven people behind bars.

A press conference on Friday afternoon was held following the sexual predator sting that put six men and one woman behind bars.

"This was a collaborative effort between multiple agencies of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The purpose of this operation is to identify and maintain safety on the internet here in the state of Montana," task force director Tim West explained.

The task force posted ads on websites, Craigslist and Backpage acting as a woman advertising a 12-year-old girl who the suspects could have sexual encounters with.

Authorities set up times for suspects to meet the child, which gave police a chance to make arrests.

The suspects are identified as Chad Briggs, Jenna Davis, Christopher Cooper, Keith Matthews, Justin Walker, James Myers and Neal Gray.

Court documents released Friday reveal shocking details - including that Jenna Davis responded to the ad for her boyfriend and suspect Chad Briggs, saying that Briggs had been involved in a prior sexual encounter with an underage girl and it had been a positive experience.

Missoula County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Dominick only had one message during Friday's press conference.

"I would like to speak to the men who believe it's all right to victimize children. I would like to promise them three things: We will find you, we will arrest you and we will lock you away for as long as the law will allow."

James Myers posted bond for $50,000 after being taken into custody, but the six others remain behind bars.

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