Eight arrested in undercover sex sting operation

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From top left: Paul Hilpp, Joseph Brown, Michael Cruse, Justin Jones, Dequan Brown, Hubert Carter, Shawn Williams, Mark Shelton

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BOYLE CO., Ky. (WDKY) – Eight people are facing charges – six from Kentucky – accused of using a popular dating app to solicit sex from minors.

Deputies say the arrests stem from an undercover operation in Boyle County.

Individuals from Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky were arrested in the case and now all face multiple charges. They say two of the arrested individuals are repeat offenders.

The Boyle County Sheriff’s Department lists the individuals facing charges as follows:

Paul F. Hilpp II, 28, of Lebanon, Ky.

Joseph A. Brown II, 49, of Danville, Ky.

Michael S. Cruse, 46, of Columbus, Ms.

Justin P. Jones, 40, of Stanford, Ky.

Dequan L. Brown, 23, of Lebanon, Ky.

Hubert D. Carter, 52, of Ennis, Tx.

Shawn A Williams, 39, of Springfield, Ky.

Mark A. Shelton, 33, of Stanford, Ky.

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