Kirsters Baish| After a recent federal sting, 2,300 perverts suspected of producing child pornography or committing crimes of sexual nature against children are locked up. The Justice Department stated that the sting, which was dubbed “Operation Broken Heart,” was conducted between March and May of 2018. Investigators working on the sting were following up on over 25,000 complaints of sexual crimes against children.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that 383 children who have been the victims of sexual abuse or were forced into child pornography were identified.
The Attorney General stated, “No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse. And yet, in recent years, certain forms of modern technology have facilitated the spread of child pornography and created greater incentives for its production. We at the Department of Justice are determined to strike back against these repugnant crimes. It is shocking and very sad that in this one operation, we have arrested more than 2,300 alleged child predators and investigated some 25,200 sexual abuse complaints. Any would-be criminal should be warned: this Department will remain relentless in hunting down those who victimize our children.”
Chuck Cohen, State Police Captain in Indiana, aided in 40 of the arrests. He explained that the very fact that they received so many tips proves that there is a big issue out there with people committing crimes against children. It’s happening far too often.
“Every day, there is more criminal investigations,” Cohen explained to WXIN-TV. “Every day there’s more offenders identified.”
Law enforcement has a lot of trouble dealing with how fast technology moves. Criminals are always changing their online behavior, so police have to do the same.
Cohen explained that all of the hard work is worth it once they see arrests like they saw with Operation Broken Heart. They are really making a difference.
“If you are victimizing children, you may not have been arrested yet but at some point you will be discovered, you will be arrested, you will be prosecuted and you will be convicted,” Cohen said.
The Justice Department’s press release was as follows:
The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. 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 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, led the coordinated operation known as “Broken Heart” during the months of March, April, and May 2018. 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.