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USDOJ announces arrest of 2300 for alleged online child sex crimes.

[justice.gov – 6/12/18]

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.

“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.”

The operation targeted suspects who: (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.

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. 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.

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  1. mike r

    Yeah like how they state online child “sex offenders” like they were registered sex offenders already or something. I bet not one of the were RCs. Just feeding the beast. I say good. Just adds to the ever growing list….

    • AJ

      @mike r:
      I bet not one of the were RCs.
      —–
      My bet is that 0.6% – 4% were recidivist RCs, just like study after study shows. But yeah, their crimes are still alleged, last time I checked how our judiciary works.

  2. David

    I wonder how many of those arrested were actually sexting teens or high school Romeo-Juliet relationships.

    • Harry

      I am going throw in 90%? David.

    • Tim Moore

      Maybe quite a few. On thing authoritarian regimes fear is the younger generation challenging their authority. The young and rebellious should be seen and not heard, so power for the already empowered is secured. One has to be careful in crafting laws against children to make them appear as laws saving children. Then the governing has to demonstrate to the governed that evil people are being neutralized. Who’s that man behind the curtain pulling levers? They like using big numbers of anonymous perpetrators. It gives the impression of an epidemic of heartless ne’er-do-wells, and what better than to show the humble public servant as savior. Notice they learned from the past. In the past, the evil villian had a face, and a personality, a Baby Face Nelson or a Bonnie and Clyde. The governing found out they were turning criminals into folk heroes this way and their authority was being mocked. The worse thing for the government now is for these child perpetrators to come out and show a face.

      • Nondescript

        Very well articulated Tim Moore. I think it has been their agenda all along to eventually ensnare the younger generation with these laws.

        • Tim Moore

          About 50 years ago the country had 40 percent of the population under 20 years old. That population challenged the authority simply by trying to think more broadly than was accepted at the time. It must have really scared the establishment types, because they have declared war on the outward superficialities of the summer of love. There was the drug war, there was the war on alternate forms of living, there is the war on sex. There was a cold civil war going on and it hasn’t stopped.

        • CR

          “About 50 years ago the country had 40 percent of the population under 20 years old.”

          @Tim Moore, “the establishment” of 50 years ago are now mostly dead. Those same under 20 year-olds who challenged authority 50 years ago are the establishment of today. I suppose once one becomes authority, one is more likely to protect and consolidate it, rather than challenge it.

          Fifty years ago, I was ten, but I’m not “establishment” material. I’ve no more inclination to tell other people how to live their lives now than I did back then.

        • Tim Moore

          Yep, I was also ten, not old enough to enjoy the fun, but too young to be drafted.

      • Tired of this

        Good points, Tim, but there is a silver lining: it can be pretty much guaranteed that all these kids winding up on the registry will have absolutely no respect for this authoritarian regime when they’re of voting age, and neither will their families, friends, or future children. Each child registrant added to this police-state experiment known as the registry represents an exponential number of additional voices to challenge the authority.

        • Tim Moore

          Well, authoritarians never get the concept of for every reaction, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Nothing exists but them. “Look at me. No one has ever done it as good as me.” Famous last words.

  3. Facts should matter

    They’re just tootin’ their horn to get more grant money! They might as well be having a war on dust because they’re playing a non-winnable game of whack-a-mole.

  4. AJ

    From the sounds of it, UC Santa Barbara is trying to ensure DOJ never runs out of fish in the barrel: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/13/california-university-s-website-says-its-ok-for-children-to-engage-in-sexual-play-watch-porn.html

    • Anonymous

      Though the article seems to be inflammatory in nature, I had a different take from the intent of the school.

      “Children might display affection to their friends by hugging and kissing, or touching each other’s genitals, which is perfectly normal. Parents should not react in a negative way because children are just exploring.”

      This quote seems to me to indicate a goal of educating future parents that this kind of behavior is a natural part of human growth, and that parents should not react in a negative way. This is opposite to some of the articles we’ve seen where children engaged in this kind of exploration have sociopaths for parents who freak out and call the police for engaging in what, for all of human history except the last 10 years, has been completely normal.

      The comments section is, as always, a circus. God bless the internet, but it sure has given the ignorant and the uninformed a soap-box from which the world may listen.

      Dangerous times ahead…

      Regarding the folks caught up in this sting, I have to agree, the media’s conflation of the term “sex offender” with people who are likely not (yet) on the list is disturbing for reasons more complicated than can be dealt with in a comment section…

      I hope the victims are safe now. I hope the people caught up in this sting find forgiveness, compassion, support and redemption. I hope the state recognizes that both victim and perpetrator should be supported, educated and ultimately encouraged to move forward. These are all things I still have hope for.

      Some days I feel I am naive. Most days I feel I am alone. On rare days I feel like my naive hope is more important than ever.

      • Janice Bellucci

        @Anonymous – Please know that you are not alone. You have the love and support of ACSOL, its board and its members. We are truly all in this together. There is much reason for hope despite self-serving press releases like the one above. We are successfully challenging laws based on myths that continue to punish registrants directly and their loved ones indirectly. We are even stopping bills from becoming laws such as SB 976, SB 1143 and AB 2839. And we are meeting all over the state of California to share information and feelings. Please join us if you can at a meeting so that you can join with others who share similar challenges, so that you will know that you are not alone.

      • R M

        @Anonymous, every day I feel alone. I committed a crime in 1996 and still fear going back to prison for some violation I don’t know about. I have educated myself on the laws as much as I can, but still feel “they” are out to get me. Yes, I am very paranoid; I installed 8 security cameras around my property, installed a 6 ft privacy fence around the backyard, got a big dog for protection, don’t answer unknown calls or knocks at the door, and have lost basically all touch with reality. I hate going out in public and only do so when I need to. Very few know of my crime that I know of (I am on a public registry so who knows).

        I feel your pain and I too hope one day it will end.

      • Tim Moore

        Beautiful.

  5. Tim Moore

    Bomb children in foreign countries, but make sure the prisons grow ever fuller in the States.

    • Joe123

      EXACTLY ^ However let’s be careful when speaking the truth though. I’m sure you’ve seen enough documentaries to know what happens when people get ‘too smart’ in this country. The people’s Holy Government isn’t a fan of anyone who sees through the blatant Bullsh*t that is being pulled over the American people.

  6. PK

    “(4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse 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.”

    I’m not clear about the correlation between traveling across state lines or to foreign countries, and those who commit crimes over the internet involving child pornography.

    “(4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.”
    Wheres the data on this? How many were arrested traveling to a foreign country to sexually abuse children?

    • FATCA SUX

      Ask Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ. He knows.

      “We know from law enforcement and media documentation that Americans on U.S. sex offender registries are caught sexually abusing children in Asia, Central and South America, Europe—everywhere,”

      https://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400752

      • Smith the liar

        Smith should release exactly how many RC’s have been convicted in foreign countries in the past 10 years in order to clearly demonstrate how large the actual problem is.
        I can not get over that no one seems to ask him that question in a public forum.

        • PK

          I mean look at hes face! Doesn’t he kind of resemble someone who could have had horns in their head in their past life? A very unseemly character am I wrong? Or a slobbering drunk either one.

      • kind of living

        It would be funny if real facts were to come out that most of the people that you have to worry about are the people that push for these stupid laws , bunch of life time watching control freaks that have more skeletons in their closet than a museum .

      • Joe123

        I just emailed this mentally sick politician the message below through their website, will be awaiting their reply:

        “Regarding Passport Identifier.

        Good Day Congressman,

        I understand you authored the legislation for the passport identifiers. As a constituent, I hereby request documented proof of the hundreds and thousands of US Citizens on the Sex Offender Registry which You claim have traveled to various countries to Specifically engage in sex with children. Since you started a crusade to pass such as Bill to place stamps on people’s passports as the Nazi Regime placed on Jews passports during World War II, I would like to see the overwhelming statistics and emperical evidence showing that a large amount of people on the Registry were PROVEN to be traveling to countries to engage in sex with children. Do not send me information about “How many people traveled to another country that happened to also be sex offenders” as proof, because I surely hope you are an intelligent person and can see how that would NOT stand up to court scrutiny, if and When your law is challenged in court. Your law also doesn’t stand up to the extremely low recidivism rates of Sex Offenders which has been published by Department of Justice and state governments.

        In summary, please provide Proof that shows that registered Sex Offenders in large numbers traveled to other countries SPECIFICALLY to engage in sex with children, and they didn’t travel for business, leisure, or with their loved ones for a normal vacation.

        My team will be awaiting your emperical evidence. If we don’t receive it within a reasonable 2 week period, we will be calling your office until such evidence is furnished.

        If we need to submit a FOIA request to help, please let us know.”

        • Eric

          Keep us informed on that one, that should be interesting, if he responds at all.

  7. marc Hatwig

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/01/21/fbi-ran-website-sharing-thousands-child-porn-images/79108346/

    Two years ago, the FBI operated a huge child porn website; based on the current condition of the US DOJ and the FBI, I am quite sure that more than just a couple of agents completely enjoyed their job watching kiddie porn and entrapping a few curious people. I am curious about this article and the DOJ’s stings because there is no mention of the second largest profession arrested for sex offenses, which would be police officers. Now, if any boys in blue were snared in the trap, I wonder if the played their get out of jail free card as often happens.

  8. Registry Keeps Me From My Partner

    Given how relentless and absolutely uncaring Session’s DOJ has been in the pursuit of deporting undocumented people (and people who look like them/get caught in the dragnet: https://news.vice.com/article/the-us-keeps-mistakenly-deporting-its-own-citizens), I’m terrified that Sessions and the DOJ will eventually shift their focus to “sex offenders”, demolish any reform or abolishment movement we’ve built, and take us to a new low. Mandatory civil confinement? Mandatory chemical/physical castration? Hell, we rip apart families fleeing violence and are building actual kiddie koncentration kamps, so anything’s possible if you ask me.

    • Joe123

      Everytime I listen to Jeff Sessions, I think of Hitler. How this clueless, ancient, misguided (on many topics) moron got to the top of the food chain speaks volumes about how most people in government think; they are Completely disconnected from reality that the rest of us live in.

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