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Nearly 1,700 Suspected Child Predators Arrested During Operation “Broken Heart”

[ – 6/11/19]

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of almost 1,700 suspected online child sex offenders during a two-month, nationwide operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. The task forces identified 308 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 357 children who suffered recent, ongoing or historical sexual abuse or were exploited in the 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 April and May 2019. During the course of the operation, the task forces investigated more than 18,500 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes targeting children and delivered more than 2,150 presentations on internet safety to over 201,000 youth and adults.

“The sexual abuse of children is repugnant, and it victimizes the most innocent and vulnerable of all,” Attorney General William P. Barr said. “We must bring the full force of the law against sexual predators, and with the help of our Internet Crimes Against Children program, we will. Over the span of just two months, our ICAC task forces investigated more than 18,000 complaints of internet-related abuse and helped arrest 1,700 alleged abusers. I would like to thank our Office of Justice Programs, all of the task force members, and especially the state and local partners who helped us achieve these important results. We are committed to bringing the defendants in these cases to justice and protecting every American child.

”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) within the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). 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 922,000 complaints of child exploitation, which have resulted in the arrest of more than 95,500 individuals. In addition, since the ICAC program’s inception, more than 708,500 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and other professionals have been trained on techniques to investigate and prosecute ICAC-related cases.

For more information, visit the ICAC Task Force webpage. For state-level Operation Broken Heart results, please contact the appropriate state ICAC task force commander. Contact information for task force commanders is available online.

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt M. Dummermuth, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal justice system. More information about OJP and its components can be found at

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The assumption that everyone arrested is guilty just floors me. Calling everyone a sex offender, a term usually declared only after conviction and at time of sentencing is not okay. Calling anyone that who poses little to no risk is bad terrible enough, but to arrest people and declare them all that is unfathomable to me. Every person accused will have their day in court and many will likely never be convicted. I highly doubt 100% of those arrested will be convicted, so why are 100% called sex offenders? I guess it’s okay now to call anyone accused this label,… Read more »

The fact that they’re calling them all “predators” is what bugs me. It is fear mongering, in the purest sense of the term. And as you said, before they’ve had their day in court.

And all wrought from unfettered used of electronic domestic surveillance. The Surveillance Saints are ” tooting their horn” basically emphasizing their markets necessity. WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS! No doubt there are some bad actors here but was the approach lawfully executed? Have their actions ” prevented crime? ” One fact is apparent the FED is engaged in the daily lives of individuals on a one one one basis. Any arrest legitimate or not, ALWAYS LEADS to political security or the appearance \ perception of the agency diligence and efficacy. Odds are IMHO, at least one case of the bunch… Read more »

Beyond what Nicholas posted, how many of those arrests were entrapment? Guessing most, if not all.

As if the electronic infrastructure isn’t the problem in itself. Could children be ” enticed online” if ” online interactions” were not available to them? NO! COULD our election outcomes be vulnerable to attack or manipulation without electronic poll tabulation? NO!
When you opt for convenience, you pay a price.

I surmise that if one works for the government, and is one of the 5,200 pentagon employees who purchased child porn and traded it, and used it to pleasure themselves, then you need not worry about the ICAC. Though I guess that behavior is not really tolerated any more.

im wondering if the lawyers asked HOW they were caught? by using a programing that was challenge couple months ago?
Wasn’t this the same programing that the court threw out couple months ago?

@CA cool RC

Your observation is excellent. However, if the defense attorneys, whether they are public defenders or privately bought, don’t call out what you just said, but merely give in, the schlep that is caught is screwed. The government will continue to use the same playbook until it’s told no. Until then, it will use the tools as required even if it doesn’t end up being a 100% success because any positive conviction in their eyes is a success regardless if its constitutional, legitimate, or not.

Maybe they all should contact Mr. Kraft’s representation. I hear they are pretty good at convincing courts to toss out evidence gathered by their own warrants.

Assuming a 100% conviction rate and using the recidivism rate range for RCs, this means anywhere between 11 (0.6%, rounded up) and 85 (5%) of those caught are currently registered. Put another way, that means between 1,615 and 1,689 new Price Club members. Every new membership increases the chance a relative or friend of someone in a position of responsibility (Congress, Governors, etc) is affected. Closer and closer to critical mass. Maybe one of these days our country will quit going apesh!t over this or that vice and instead apply some reasonableness to crime and rehabilitation.

It is interesting that this article/news release leaves out any mention of how many were previously registered. The govt loves to beat the recidivism drum, so how many of these 1700 were RCs? I would love for it to be zero!

Good point, since the article terms those that were caught “sex offenders”, which to the public, could well be interpreted as that they ALL were already registered.

@CRITICAL MASS THEORY, ALL to easy to truncate. The wide spread publication of this Article is to that end. The right wing is promoting “INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS” and threatening the deep-state’s hammer lock on unfettered domestic surveillance. IMHO the precise purpose of Wettering.. Eh why? Because of what it says about gov USE thereof. Indenture to database ( as property) and maintenance ( duty under penalty). TIMING! Just as William Barr is under contempt ( for nondisclosure of ) surveillance scope and range with or without secured warrant- FISA via Mueller report. Too often the ” light needed” is right… Read more »

This doesn’t help the cause to eliminate SORNA

Why not? How many arrested are registrants? And even if a lot, what good does / did SORNA do?

But hey, logic and reason has no place here.

I didn’t get that comment either. Although I admit that I haven’t even TRIED to understand what all the P.O.S. SORNA is. Perhaps SORNA funds this type of nonsense? I do wonder how many millions and millions of dollars these efforts take and what is gained from them. Perhaps they have saved 1 child – what is that worth in $$$? And if all these law enforcement criminals weren’t so busy jacking off with this effort, perhaps those people could have been working on even more serious crimes that actually did occur? Perhaps some children were murdered while they were… Read more »

Karma – right back atcha! Works both ways. I mean…. 16! the horror! I am sure the thin blue line will save his beehind, but funny nevertheless.

Oh of course, we have to save the 16 year old “children”! If your “child” is not mature enough at 16 to decide with whom he/she should be having $EX then your “child” has no business driving cars on the same roads that my family and I do. Sorry. Maybe we can coddle the little twits until they are 21. Or 25. But we’ll have to move the driving age up along with the age of consent. Among many other things. And frankly, as a parent, I took it as my responsibility to teach my children when it was appropriate… Read more »

@Will Allen: And these same “children” are pushing for the right to vote because they are so intelligent, mature, and responsible. Thankfully, the current Dem-led House shot down a proposal to allow them to vote in federal elections. Nevertheless, there are places that are considering allowing it. How they will be able to run an election with federal and non-federal candidates co-mingled on a ballot is beyond me since they’d need to be 18 to vote for federal offices. I say if voting moves down to 16, so should the entire legal definition of adult so they go to adult… Read more »


I think it’s been a long-standing rule that if a young adult from the age of 19 to 26 could always be on your parents insurance for healthcare purposes if they were a full time college student. I remember back in the day when horse and buggy were the main mode of transportation and being able to do that. That of course was when OPEC was ruling the oil world and I’m not Amish. 😆

Will Allen ~ So true. I say this all the time. CHILDREN are driving on our Freeways every day. Why are CHILDREN allowed to drive and endanger others on a day to day basis. Bottom line, if they are old enough to drive on freeways, they are old enough to decide who they want to have sex with, when and how often. End of story! You can’t have it both ways, government interference. Either they are children or they are not. Make up your mind. Oh wait, I get it. Driving brings money, so all of a sudden, you don’t… Read more »

Well did they arrest Mark Lunsford? They found child pornography on his computer while investigating his daughter Jessica Lunsford. Here’s the part of the article about Mark : BROOKSVILLE – Police investigating the disappearance of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford found a “limited amount” of child pornography on her father’s computer, prosecutors said Monday. Mark Lunsford won’t face prosecution for possessing the child pornography, said Peter Magrino, one of the prosecutors of Jessica’s confessed killer, John Evander Couey. “There’s no evidence to show that he was manufacturing or producing child pornography,” Magrino said. “There was a limited amount of that on the… Read more »

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