“NET NANNY” OPERATION CAPTURES SEVEN MEN ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX CRIMES
January 28, 2020
SEATTLE — Seven men accused of several child sex crimes were arrested in Snohomish County following a multi-day sting dubbed "Operation Net Nanny."
The Washington State Patrol arrested the following men tied to child sex crimes:
• Nicholas Jerman, 25,
• Eric R. Orth, 38
• Colin M. Wood, 31
• Richard E., Rettig, 56
• Anthony J. Scott, 23
• Kevin F. Pickett, 34
• Michael A. Barbee, 21
The men arrested in Snohomish County over the past several days were allegedly involved in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The men face child sex charges including rape of a child in the first degree, rape of a child in the second degree, commercial abuse of a minor, communication with a minor for immoral purposes and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office will determine whether or what criminal charges should be filed against the men with ties to Bellingham, Seattle, Monroe, Arlington and Everett.
"I am very proud of the deputy prosecuting attorneys from my office who worked diligently to assist in this critical investigation alongside the Washington State Patrol and other criminal justice partners," said Adam Cornell, Snohomish County Prosecutor.
More than 70 law enforcement officers from the Snohomish County Prosecutors Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force, Everett Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service assisted Washington State Patrol authorities to capture the suspects.
Washington State Patrol said "Operation Net Nanny" is the 18th operation led by the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate. The task force was designed in August 2015 to target people involved in child abuse and exploitation using the Internet.
Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said the Internet allows criminals to commit "unspeakable crimes" against young children.
"Working with our local, state, and federal partners in law enforcement in operations like Net Nanny, we use every available resource to pursue the guilty and protect the innocent," Batiste said. "This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children and making our communities safer.”
The task force has resulted in 294 arrests and rescued more than 31 children across Washington state since its inception five years ago.
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