DOJ arrests thousands of child sex offenders during nationwide o - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

DOJ arrests thousands of child sex offenders during nationwide operation

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders were arrested 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.

The 61 task forces across all 50 states are 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 of this year. Over the span of three months, the task forces investigated 25,200 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes against children.

"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 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."

Operation Broken Heart targeted suspects who produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; engage in sex trafficking of children; and travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.

For more information, visit the ICAC Task Force webpage at: https://www.icactaskforce.org/.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    39-year-old Spokane Valley man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 2:20 PM EDT2018-10-16 18:20:11 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old man for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.  Last month, detectives received information from the Post Falls Police Department naming Jeffrey A. Christenot as a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2015-2016. The information stated Christenot confessed to the crimes in a video that had been posted to Facebook. 

    >>
  • Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-10-17 02:30:26 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter. The cameras of ESPN turned their attention to one lonely Coug fan in the 300 level.  There was one man. His feet were reclined, his arms were sprawled.

    >>
  • Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Monday, October 15 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-15 23:38:29 GMT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    >>

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Idaho State Police arrest 2 after finding 117 pounds of pot

    Idaho State Police arrest 2 after finding 117 pounds of pot

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-10-17 03:26:27 GMT

    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police say two people were arrested after officers discovered more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana during a traffic stop near Idaho Falls.    KIFI-TV reports police arrested 25-year-old Javier Luna-Gutierrez and 19-year-old Aida Rodriguez-Hernandez following the stop Sunday on U.S. Highway 20.

    >>

    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police say two people were arrested after officers discovered more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana during a traffic stop near Idaho Falls.    KIFI-TV reports police arrested 25-year-old Javier Luna-Gutierrez and 19-year-old Aida Rodriguez-Hernandez following the stop Sunday on U.S. Highway 20.

    >>
  • Man arrested after trying to sell car he didn't own on eBay

    Man arrested after trying to sell car he didn't own on eBay

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:40 PM EDT2018-10-17 02:40:03 GMT

    A Spokane man is in jail Tuesday because police suspect he was trying to sell a car on eBay that he didn’t own. Deputy Mark Gregory said Samuel Richardson took pictures of a 1964 mustang that was on sale for $10,000. Richardson then posted those pictures on eBay, selling the car for $3,000. 

    >>

    A Spokane man is in jail Tuesday because police suspect he was trying to sell a car on eBay that he didn’t own. Deputy Mark Gregory said Samuel Richardson took pictures of a 1964 mustang that was on sale for $10,000. Richardson then posted those pictures on eBay, selling the car for $3,000. 

    >>
  • Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    Pullman Police issue 'Attempt to Locate' for 'WSU Popcorn Guy'

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-10-17 02:30:26 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - It's a moment that proudly lives in WSU football history.  September 28, 2013.  WSU is losing to Stanford. The score isn't important, but let's just say it was a lot. Ok, fine. It was 41-3 early in the 4th quarter. The cameras of ESPN turned their attention to one lonely Coug fan in the 300 level.  There was one man. His feet were reclined, his arms were sprawled.

    >>