More than 1,000 child sex predators arrested during Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded Operation Broken Heart.
The arrests marked the end of Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated DOJ investigative operation to intensify efforts to identify and arrest suspected child sexual predators during April and May 2017.
Sixty-one units of the task force, comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies participated in the operation. Over a period of two months 1,012 child sex predators were arrested. Details below:
BATON ROUGE – Joined by numerous police departments, sheriff’s offices, and state and federal agencies at a press conference this afternoon – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced the arrests of 51 people on child exploitation charges as part of Operation Broken Heart.
The Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force participated in Operation Broken Heart IV, a two-month long National ICAC investigative and prevention effort alongside 60 coordinated task forces across the country – representing over 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
“My office is committed to doing all we can to protect our State’s children from predators,” said General Landry. “The great teamwork by all our ICAC partners, including the LBI’s examiners and investigators, has resulted in the arrests of 51 people from all parts of Louisiana.”
“Most of us cannot imagine the horrific things these dedicated law professionals have to see and hear to bring child predators to justice,” added General Landry. “But all of us are grateful for their work to save children’s lives.”
In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of internet safety, the Internet Crimes Against Children task force – which includes 155 law enforcement agencies throughout Louisiana – arrested the 51 perpetrators from April 1st to May 31st on charges ranging from possession, distribution, and production of sexual abuse images and videos of children to Solicitation of a Minor.
From June 2016
WASHNGTON—Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces have recently arrested 1,368 suspected child predators and conducted about 2,300 community presentations on Internet safety, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) reported today.
The 61 ICAC Task Forces, funded through an OJJDP grant program, conducted Operation Broken Heart III, a coordinated investigative operation to identify and arrest suspected child sexual predators during April and May 2016. The national crackdown targeted individuals who: (1) possess, manufacture and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as prostitution of children); and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing children in other countries).
“Today, mobile devices, such as smartphones, make it easier for youth to access the Internet, making them more vulnerable to online predators,” said OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee. “Operation Broken Heart allows ICAC task forces and law enforcement to intensify their efforts to apprehend these predators and keep youth safe through Internet safety training and outreach.”