During the sting, a pedophile the undercover officer pretending to be girl.
When the HCSO deputy moved to arrest that pedophile, he was a fellow .
Sergeant Stephen Utter, 37, with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was arrested this month for trying a 14-year-old girl for sex.
According to investigators, Utter was made immediately the girl's age before he began to sexually groom her.
Luckily, the 14-year-old girl was a cop and not an actual child.
Once he'd incriminated himself enough, police moved in to arrest him.
When deputies advised the Manatee County Sheriff's Office of the investigation, MCSO worked with HCSO to arrest Utter.
Police issued a canned statement noting how Utter's actions echo of other cops area.
"The conduct of this sergeant is in no way of the thousands of deputies across who are committed to serving their communities with integrity," said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.
"We tolerate this predatory behavior from anyone, including a fellow officer, as displayed by actions both the Manatee and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Offices took to arrest this individual."
Unfortunately cops are caught on basis attempting to or actually committing crimes against children.
TFTP has reported on department who committed horrific acts against children.
As we reported, a former Manatee County Sheriff's Lieutenant was sentenced for his sadistic and sickening acts against three children.
Officer Dale Couch was arrested after children told authorities what he had done to them - violently sexually abused them.
He was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of under age 12, and charge of lewd and lascivious molestation against a 12-year-old child.
Just before Couch's trial, we reported on the who was caught with multiple hard drives child porn.
The Project also reported on the case of officer Christopher Allen Carson who orally forced himself onto a sleeping 7th grader and was only given a 30-day sentence.
In November of 2013, John Van Trump was accused of sexually assaulting younger than six-years-old.
Since the girl was younger than six, his charge was considered crime.
On June 17, 2015, John Van Trump was convicted of sexually assaulting girl.
He received no time, his status.
A former Florida of the year admitted to forcing undocumented immigrants into having sex with him.
Jonathan Bleiweiss, 34, pleaded guilty to an array of charges last year, admitting to 14 counts of armed , 15 counts of battery counts of stalking.
Due to his status, this former Broward Sheriff's deputy was given an insultingly lenient plea deal.
As that deal, Bleiweiss face charges of sexual battery, and required by the state of Florida to register as a .
Broward Howard Finkelstein called , "Shocking and shameful to county."