Washington, D. C. - The Department of Justice, announced on Tuesday, June 12, the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month nationwide operation, conducted by " Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforces (ICAC)."
The 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states led the coordinated operation known as " Broken Heart", during the months of March, April, and May.
"No child should ever have to endure sexual abuse" Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. " 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 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."
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.
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.
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