School Bus Driver, Radio DJ Arrested in Child Sex Sting
A school bus driver and a local radio DJ are just two men arrested in a child sex sting in Warren County.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office says twelve people were arrested as part of "Operation Spider Bite." It's an effort by law enforcement to lure people online into sexual relationships with undercover agents posing as girls ages 9 to 14.
Among the twelve people arrested are Frank Gunther, a Mechanicville school bus driver, and radio DJ Tim Celeste of 101.7 FM, as well as Thomas Abrams, captain of Westchester County Corrections.
Sheriff Bud York says his department is committed to working with state and federal agencies when it comes to potential crimes involving children.
"As I've said, we've attached one of our investigators with their talk unit ... organized crime, drugs, child pornography, we're gonna continue doing that, we think it's important," York said. "And with the federal assets, it's certainly gonna be a lot easier to do."
The school district says it is cooperating with the investigation.
Mechanicville sent out an alert to parents about Gunther, stating in part: "We understand this matter did not involve his employment for the District, nor did it involve any District students... The District always has as its top priority the safety and welfare of our students."