The Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announced its largest cumulative arrest of suspected online child predators yesterday.
During the past three months, “Operation Red Box” executed 42 search warrants, arrested 40 people for possession or distribution of child pornography and made four arrests of people attempting to meet with a child for sex. Eight children were identified as victims.
“To anyone who chooses to create, download or distribute child-sex-abuse images, or anyone who engages in sexual exploitation of children in any manner, the Franklin County ICAC task force will be at your door,” Sheriff Zach Scott said.
The task force is made up of eight full-time and eight part-time officers from agencies in central Ohio. Since the force was created in 2009, officers have investigated 218 complaints, executed 361 search warrants, identified 69 children as victims and made 488 arrests.
“One of our biggest priorities is fighting against crimes that would hurt our children,” said Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs.
The task force is charged with seeking out child predators online and in sting operations.
“The Internet has become a virtual playground for kids, and with that there’s easy access to our children,” said Brett Kyker, director of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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