Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces around the country, including the Sacramento regional ICAC task force, launched in April a two-month Operation called, “Operation Broken Heart IV.” Operation Broken Heart IV was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies--with the purpose of arresting as many child predators as possible, along with Internet safety education and outreach.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says the operation will concentrate on offenders 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 of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution), and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children).
All participating Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces compiled arrest statistics from the two-month long Operation Broken Heart IV and share them with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, D.C.
During the operation, the Sacramento ICAC task force, part of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, arrested five individuals in five separate cases, served 9 search warrants and presented internet safety education to 478 adults and children.
Nationally, the 61 regional task forces made 1012 arrests and conducted 1245 community presentations.
For more information on the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, visit their webpage at www.sacvalleyhitech.com .
Sergeant Tony Turnbull