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California authorities arrest 275 child predators

By Tami Abdollah

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities throughout Southern California Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a retired sheriff's deputy, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department explorer.

The monthlong national campaign dubbed "Operation Broken Heart" involved a taskforce of dozens of local, state and federal authorities who worked in concert throughout the month of May, sweeping sex offenders for allegedly violating their terms, targeting child sex traffickers, pimps, child porn traders and sex tourists traveling abroad.

In a technique reminiscent of the infamous show "To Catch a Predator," the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children task force had its investigators pretend to be 12 to 14-year-old children online and arrested many individuals when they showed up to engage in sex acts with children.

"The dirty old man stereotype no longer applies," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations, which works on the task force. "The perpetrators in these cases come from all walks of life and virtually every strata of the socio-economic spectrum they're community leaders, white-collar professionals and even law enforcement personnel. The common denominator in most of these cases is the Internet. It has become the preferred playground for child sex predators."

At a news conference Thursday, authorities emphasized the importance of educating youth about the dangers of the Internet and insisted that parents strictly supervise and are aware of their children's online activities.

"You lock your doors and windows every night to be able to keep predators out of your home," said Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. "If your child is in the next room on the Internet, you may have a predator basically sitting virtually in the next room and you're giving that predator access."

A number of the more than 275 people arrested were in positions of trust and with easy access to children. Arrestees included:

- A teacher's assistant was arrested by the Los Angeles Police department after allegedly showed up to a meeting believing he was going to have sex with two children.

- A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography through several websites.

- Of the 275 arrested, 186 were sex offenders arrested by California parole agents for violating their terms of release. Three were found in possession of child pornography, multiple found in and around parks, schools and children. Of the 186 sex offenders arrested, 155 were sent back to court with recommendations to have their parole revoked.

- A master's student in health care management was arrested by Alhambra police for allegedly arranging to meet with a 14-year-old child for sex.

- A 64-year-old computer programmer was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies after allegedly traveling to a park to try to meet with a 15-year-old child for sex. A search warrant issued for his home and business indicated he'd exchanged emails with multiple other children and had posted 100 advertisements looking for sex with young girls.

- A U.S. Army soldier on leave responded to two separate undercover investigators posing as young girls and was arrested after showing up to engage in sex acts.

- A salesman and Los Angeles Fire Department explorer, a prelude to a possible career with the department, was arrested after allegedly using an online media sharing program to download child porn videos.

- A former substitute teacher allegedly posted a personal ad seeking sex with a father and a son. He was arrested after allegedly traveling to meet with what he believed was an 8-year-old boy.

The number of arrests and potential allegations are expected to grow as forensic investigators continue analyzing seized evidence. Law enforcement conducted the operations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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tangier June 26 2014 at 10:12 PM

These guys are sick beyond comprehension and it should be a federal law that any conviction of this type should automatically call for a life sentence. This is truly the essence of evil and has no place in any society and that includes the corrupted ones as well. Execution as a worthy alternative?

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jjemder June 26 2014 at 9:16 PM

Execute them all.

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Mike June 26 2014 at 9:31 PM

Nice job, law enforcement

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poll100 Mike June 27 2014 at 7:59 AM

Now go get the other 2 million.

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kimmer0310 poll100 June 27 2014 at 9:45 AM

Geez...can't you just take a good deed for what it is? Stop a second and focus on the positive.

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jbraidedbeauty1 Mike June 27 2014 at 9:33 AM

right, unload the black men who are jailed for marijuana on person and load the jail up with these perverted child pedophiles and baby molestors..How the F can a man with a decent high up job like a DR , lawyer School teacher stoop so low as to show uo for sex with a damn kid,,, people need to re-evauate these folks credentials.. because most of them have child poronography on their computers at home,, but oh i for got they too busy looking for other type of criminals.. like weed sellers, and every damn body and their i mama is smoking it,, including them.. whats the problem they must be mad because its a million dollar busines and they arent getting a cut of it.. Weed is from the ground,,and th e earth not put here by man.. geessshh! and i dont even smoke it .. never have and never will!

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kimmer0310 jbraidedbeauty1 June 27 2014 at 9:46 AM

You are on point. I usually don't read a post past a racist statement, yours was the exception.

We need to take race out of it.

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dogguy888 jbraidedbeauty1 June 27 2014 at 11:35 AM

Your grammar is impeccable! LOL

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Trisha June 26 2014 at 10:45 PM

Do all this and they go bac kout there and do it again. Jail time is not a cure for pedophiles.

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Rhonda June 26 2014 at 11:38 PM

Fry them all. I don't want to hear any
of their sob stories. Flip the switch.

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Bob June 26 2014 at 10:15 PM

They need to do that all over the state and all over the country, get em all

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dsands1201 June 26 2014 at 9:40 PM

When will their names be published?

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roseyoungstewart dsands1201 June 26 2014 at 11:54 PM

read the los angeles news papers on line to see photos and names.

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Hello Beautiful dsands1201 June 27 2014 at 10:00 AM

It's California: libs protect their kin. Where I live, you can go to a site and SEE a picture of the offender and they are listed on a map where they live, along with their arrest records. Awesome.

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YChild Hello Beautiful June 27 2014 at 10:33 AM

Libs protecting their kin? lol, very funny. WRONG!
In 1947, California became the first state in the United States to have a sex offender registration program. Community notification of the release of sex offenders from incarceration did not occur until almost 50 years later. In 1994, a federal statute called the Jacob Wetterling Act required all states to pass legislation requiring sex offenders to register with state sex offender registries.
In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 83, which will enforce "lifetime monitoring of convicted sexual predators and the creation of predator free zones
As for 'Where I live, you can look up"
Here ya go: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/registry/registry
We can all look them up! awesomesauce.

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goodgrief61945 Hello Beautiful June 27 2014 at 10:57 AM

In Columbus, Ohio, they send out postcards every month, with the picture and address of the sex offenders closest to you home. Get one of the same guy every month. Seems like a little overkill, but probably worth it.

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moooooooooochelle June 26 2014 at 10:50 PM

TOM CORBETT WOULD HAVE OVERLOOKED THIS JUST LIKE HE DID WITH JERRY SANDUSKY...AS LONG AS HE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED CAMPAIGN MONEY...

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fine7760 moooooooooochelle June 27 2014 at 1:16 PM

The allegations you speak of came from a Democrat trying to enhance her own chances of seeking higher office. The allegations were never proved and are only hypothetical. Blame the real culprits in the Sandusky case, Penn State and the head couch attempting to protect his friend.

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Franco June 26 2014 at 10:33 PM

How can theses bastards get away with what they get away? I would only have to say say one bad thing, against anyone and I get deleted by my guardian internet cherub. Oh, and G forbid I would say the wrong political thing, I'd get banned from certain sites.

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roseyoungstewart Franco June 27 2014 at 12:00 AM

its your own settings. you need to start from scratch insert a dvd disc and start all over and when you get to settings do not put in parental watch guards.

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summerchaser June 27 2014 at 4:06 AM

What is needed is a strong........ honest judge...... to make a stern statement.... this will only stop if the book is thrown at them and all get jail time..... have to register as what they are..... and regardless who they are........
digusting........ pigs....

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poll100 summerchaser June 27 2014 at 7:27 AM

There are court psychologists which determine if the pervert is safe on the street, lots of payoffs. Not just up to the judge.

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Barb and Russ poll100 June 27 2014 at 7:45 AM

What do these court psychologists do to come to their conclusions? Maybe read a page or two about the perp? Oh, that's plenty of info to make such an important determination.... NOT.

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CPA11973 poll100 June 27 2014 at 12:59 PM

and their scientific method to determine who is safe to release is thru flipping a coin. Heads your free. Tails , we'll flip again.

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kharmah21 summerchaser June 27 2014 at 1:05 PM

I'd really rather we skip the jail time and registering, etc and just put them all to death.

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