DOJ Task Force Arrests 2,300 Suspected Online Child Sex Offenders

By Natalia Mittelstadt | June 13, 2018 | 5:02 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces arrested 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a nationwide operation that lasted from March through May 2018, the Department of Justice announced yesterday.

“The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.”

The operation called “Broken Heart” consisted of “61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.”

“During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children and delivered more than 3,700 presentations on Internet safety to over 390,000 youth and adults.”

The suspects targeted by the operation were those who met these four criteria: “(1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.”

“Any would-be criminal should be warned: this Department will remain relentless in hunting down those who victimize our children,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced.

“The ICAC Program is funded through the Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In 1998, OJJDP launched the ICAC Task Force Program to help federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems or computer technology to exploit children,” the Justice Department said in a press release.

“To date, ICAC Task Forces have reviewed more than 775,000 complaints of child exploitation, which resulted in the arrest of more than 83,000 individuals. In addition, since the ICAC program's inception, more than 629,400 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and other professionals have been trained on techniques to investigate and prosecute ICAC-related cases,” it added.

 


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Natalia Mittelstadt
Natalia Mittelstadt
Natalia Mittelstadt