TAVARES — Men carrying beer, soda, lip gloss, pillows, blankets, prophylactics and other items came to pre-arranged meeting spots in Lake County to have sex with young teens.

Instead, they were met by sheriff’s deputies and arrested.

The Lake County sheriff’s cybercrimes unit announced Wednesday morning it has jailed 10 people on child sex charges following a recent week-long sting aimed at sexual predators.

Standing in front of a giant, colorful poster adorned with mug shots of the suspects during a press conference at Lake Tech’s Institute of Public Safety in Tavares, Lt. Kristin Thompson of the sheriff’s special investigations unit, said the agency "wanted to send a message."

Taking a page from television’s popular “To Catch a Predator” show, the Lake County operation was dubbed Treasure Florida’s Kids and conducted between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19. Thompson said investigators posed online as 13 and 14-year-olds or caregivers of children and they eventually attracted adults looking to have sex with them.

Detectives then set up the rendezvous points in public spots in Tavares, Mount Dora and Eustis and reeled in suspects who ranged in age from 65 to 22, most of them from Lake County.

Some came from as far away as Sumter County, Ocala and Orlando.

Shawn Francis Kenyon, 46, of Ocala,, showed up in a pickup truck with cash he had expected to pay for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Steven G. Head, 48 of Ocala, brought a Dr. Pepper soda, Thompson said.

Craig Alexander Harley, 32, also of Orlando, reportedly took an Uber cab ride to one of the meeting places.

They were all met by deputies and taken into custody on charges of traveling to seduce, solicit and lure a child for a sex act.

At least one suspect drove off after being confronted by deputies before he was chased down and apprehended.

Three vehicles were seized.

Two of the suspects, John Francis Daiuto Jr., 65, of Leesburg, and Richard Karl Hummer, 52, of Leesburg, never made the trip but were arrested at their homes after sending explicit pictures to an officer posing as a 13-year-old online.

The remaining suspects were Gunner James Artibee, 25 of Mount Dora, Austin Jereimiah Guiffre, 24, of Tavares, John Ghaly Hanna Ghaly, 29, of Orlando, Martin Lee Wilkins, 55, of Lake Panasoffkee, and Michael A. Castillo, 22, of Mount Dora.

Guiffre also had a juvenile criminal record of sex-based crimes.

All were placed in the Lake County Jail on various bails.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a number of similar operations during the last several years.

In a February 2014 sting dubbed “Be Mine,” 22 suspects were arrested, including one man who brought a McDonald’s Happy Meal with him.