Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #247

This big huge story from this past week was the announcement of the results of a monthly-long, international online sextortion sting operation, led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. “Sextortion” is the growing trend where a predator doesn’t groom a victim to meet them and have sex in real life, but rather – through trickery or grooming – is able to entice nude photos of the victim, and them extorts them for more…

The arrests too place during June. 255 individuals across the globe were arrested. 244 are here in the US. 4 were women. 20 were charged with online sexual enticement of a minor. 2 were involved with sextortion of multiple victims. The other 235 were charged with child pornography production, possession and distribution of child pornography; traveling with the intent to have sex with a minor; and various other offenses, including rape and molestation. 17 of those arrested held positions of trust, including nine teachers and three clergy members.

61 victims were identified…

Below are a bunch of local stories with details on the men arrested from their corners of the US. So, folks, here are 255 more reasons you need to be using PC Pandora computer monitoring software to know who your kids are talking to online… and who is potentially trying to talk to them!

July 15, 2013
ICE: ‘Operation iGuardian’ arrests 255 suspected child predators
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times

Two hundred and fifty-five suspected child predators were arrested and 61 victims of child sexual exploitation were identified during a five-week operation announced Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

“Operation iGuardian,” which operated from May 28 to June 30, was described by ICE as a “surge operation” aimed at identifying and rescuing victims of online sexual exploitation, and arresting their abusers as well as others who own, trade and produce images of child pornography in the U.S. and its territories.

“Protecting our youth in the digital age requires all of us to be on the lookout for child predators abusing and extorting victims online,” said ICE Director John Morton. “Children and parents need to understand that not everyone online is who they say they are.

“Child abusers prowl social media looking for opportunities to force young people into sexual exploitation through guile, deceit, and extortion,” he said. “We want children to know that it’s wrong for any adult to solicit or pressure them for sex and that the law is on their side.”[READ FULL STORY]

July 15, 2013
Operation iGuardian Arrests: 5 Marylanders Among 255 Suspected Child Predators
By Jessica Kartalija, WJZ

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Hundreds of suspected child predators are under arrest following a major sting operation. [READ FULL STORY]

July 15, 2013
About 60 child-predator suspects arrested in Florida
The operation, which focused on producers and users of child pornography, was carried out between May 28 and June 30.
By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel

Nearly 60 suspected child predators were arrested in Florida as part of a nationwide federal operation aimed at identifying and rescuing victims of online sexual exploitation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations said Monday. [READ FULL STORY]

July 15, 2013
Nine suspected online child predators arrested
By Rachel Azevedo, CBS 47

Nine valley men are facing charges after a five-week, nation-wide sting targeting online sexual predators:

Richard Cervantes, 32 of Fresno
Raul Rosario, 31 of Fresno
David Hutchinson, 48 of Fresno
Derek Garcia, 35 of Fresno
Mathew Broadway, 30 of Clovis
Fabian Lopez, 27 or Corcoran
Danny Reynoso, 42 or Corcoran
Sean Eberle, 37 of Lemoore
David Godinez, 28 of Visalia

There were 255 arrests across the country. With guns drawn, a task force in Los Angeles surprises a suspected online child predator. He is one of hundreds arrested in an operation called iGuardian. A total of nine men in the valley were arrested which was the second most of any region in the nation. [READ FULL STORY]

July 15, 2013
Riverside County men arrested in sting targeting alleged child sexual predators
From City News Service

LA QUINTA — Two Riverside County men were among 255 people arrested during during a monthlong, nationwide federal sting targeting alleged child sexual predators.

Jarrett Wayne Martindale, 26, of La Quinta, was arrested July 1 on federal charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Martindale pleaded not guilty at his arraignment that same day in U.S. District Court in Riverside. A judge set his bail at $50,000, and a trial date was set for Aug. 20, according to court records.

Ryan Christopher Edgecomb, 32, of Murrieta, was arrested June 27 on suspicion of distribution and possession of child pornography, according to ICE. [READ FULL STORY]

July 15, 2013
Men from Wyoming and Hopkins arrested during federal sex predator sweep
By Christa Graban, WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) — Federal investigators say they’ve arrested 255 child predators, including two from West Michigan, during a nationwide sweep.

Task forces from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) conducted the five-week investigation, called “Operation iGuardian.” Federal officials say 61 young victims were also identified during the sweep, which targeted online predators who owned, traded and produced child pornography. [READ FULL STORY]

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