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Net task force nabs 3 men in one week

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January has been a busy month for Utah's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Last week, three men were arrested in separate incidents after they allegedly arranged meetings with young girls they met over the Internet.

Those "young girls" were actually task force agents.

One man may be charged with two counts of enticing a minor on the Internet for trying to meet two young girls in one night, said task force director Ken Hansen. The man was observed by agents driving around one designated meeting place but got lost, he said.

An hour later, the man went to a second location where he thought he was going to rendezvous with another young girl. The man was arrested at the second location, Hansen said.

This is the second time this month that agents have arrested three people in one week. Normally, Hansen said his group averages one arrest per week.

"It's a bit of a disturbing trend," Hansen said.