OPERATION SILENT PREDATOR NETS 26 CHILD SEX CRIME ARRESTS. The suspects range in age from 21 to 69 years old.
February 5, 2020
PHOENIX – A recent operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations’ Phoenix office has arrested more than two dozen individuals suspected of child sex crimes.
Operation Silent Predator was an undercover operation targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking.
During the operational period, officers and undercover detectives placed ads on websites and apps which are commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts with children.
As part of the investigation, 26 suspects were identified for soliciting and/or brokering deals for various sex acts and were subsequently arrested.
Other agencies involved in the operation include: the Phoenix Police Department, the Mesa Police Department, the Tempe Police Department, the Chandler Police Department and the Arizona Attorney General’s office to identify and arrest alleged sexual predators.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is also prosecuting those arrested.
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