MORE THAN 1,000 SUSPECTED CHILD SEX PREDATORS ARRESTED DURING OPERATION BROKEN HEART

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces arrested 1,012
suspected child predators from more than 40 states during a two-month nationwide operation
following the investigation of more than 69,000 cases, the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced today.

The arrests marked the end of Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated investigative
operation to intensify efforts to identify and arrest suspected child sexual predators during April
and May 2017. The 61 ICAC Task Forces, funded through OJJDP grants, comprise more than
4,500 federal, state and local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that participated in the
operation.

“As technology and social media evolve, predators are quick to figure out how they can
use these new tools to reach—and exploit—our children,” said OJJDP Acting Administrator
Eileen M. Garry. “Our greatest strength on this ever-changing battlefield is the partnerships we
have with federal, state, and local agencies. Our combined efforts across jurisdictional, state, and
even national boundaries make both the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program
and Operation Broken Heart effective.”

The operation targeted suspects 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 or prostitution of children; and (4) engage in child sex tourism—
traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing children in other countries. ICAC Task
Forces first conducted Operation Broken Heart in 2014.

The task forces also delivered 1,245 presentations on Internet safety to more than 99,000
youth and adults during these two months.

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 705,963 complaints of child exploitation, which resulted in the
arrest of 75,688 individuals. In addition, since the ICAC program’s inception, 585,604 law
enforcement officers, prosecutors and other professionals have been trained on techniques to
investigate and prosecute ICAC-related cases.

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