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HUGE #PEDOGATE BUST: 238 Arrested in Sweep of Suspected Child Sex Predators, INCLUDING HOLLYWOOD HOUSEHOLD NAMES

Among those arrested during sweeps in April and May were entertainers, community leaders, white-collar professionals and clergy members

by Veronica Rocha, LA Times:

A monk from Riverside and an Australian man looking to buy a 6-year-old boy were among 238 people arrested during a two-month operation targeting child predators in Southern California, officials said Monday.

Conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes against Children task force,  “Operation Broken Heart III”  targeted offenders wanted for the sexual exploitation of children, child prostitution, sex tourism and possessing and distributing child pornography, said Deputy Chief Matt Blake of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Among those arrested during sweeps in April and May were entertainers, community leaders, white-collar professionals and clergy members, said John Reynolds, acting special agent in charge for U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

“The incidence of child sexual exploitation has reached staggering proportions,” he said at a news conference.

Law enforcement officials said the arrests underscore the importance of families maintaining an open dialogue about Internet safety.

“Parents and kids need to have frank conversations about how to stay safe in cyberspace,” Reynolds said.

Children and teens, he said, are spending more time on the Internet and social media sites, where child predators often look for victims.

The Los Angeles task force is one of 61 programs nationwide funded through theU.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Created in 2014, Operation Broken Heart gives law enforcement agencies and task forces an opportunity to combine resources and investigative tools to identify child sexual predators.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit serves about 300 warrants each year in pursuit of child pornography suspects. In a high-rise building in Long Beach, 11 officers review an average of 350 child pornography cases a month.

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Investigators use forensic equipment inside a mobile crime lab named “The Beast” to scan through hard drives for any illicit images.

In May, Michael Quinn, 33, traveled from Australia to Los Angeles to complete a deal to buy a 6-year-old boy for sex, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Undercover agents met Quinn on a social media networking site, where he had communicated that he wanted to “meet up with a dad who shares his young one,” according to prosecutors.

“Quinn explained to the undercover agent he was hoping to meet ‘other pervs’ in the U.S. and ultimately agreed to pay a human trafficker $250 to provide him with a young boy with whom he could engage in illicit sex,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Quinn went to a hotel in Los Angeles, where he planned to meet and party with three other child predators and engage in sex with boys, prosecutors said. Instead, undercover agents were waiting inside the hotel room.

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9 comments to HUGE #PEDOGATE BUST: 238 Arrested in Sweep of Suspected Child Sex Predators, INCLUDING HOLLYWOOD HOUSEHOLD NAMES

  • Judy Heffron

    Sean, why does this article in the LA Times have a date of June 21, 2016. Did this just happen or last year?

    • SGT

      Judy… Yeah, this sucks. This is me, falling on my sword. The link to this piece was sent to me last night, when I saw it this morning and read the article, I LOOKED at the date, and saw JUNE 21 but completely missed the 2016 part. So…. on top of that I was away from my computer all day today for my son’s sporting event (tournament), so just seeing these comments now. My regrets for personally posting this news item thinking that is was FRESH news.

  • willygroper

    you know what stinks about this story? “Michael Quinn, 33”

    33…that pesky 33, like silsby & the 33 chilllren.

    so a coupla names were dished out, how about these…entertainers, community leaders, white-collar professionals and clergy members???

    any story i read with 33 in it is immediately suspect….el lay times too.

    it’s these sick SOB’s wink…

  • ecobel

    more bullshit with old and fake news. Happened a year ago and nothing else came out of it. Problem with these reporters is they accuse everyone else of hearsay and fake new but don’t look at their own stuff!

  • boyo

    I love how there’s no contact for SGT.

    If info is bad, and caught, it needs to be retracted and an apology issued. ASAP.

    This shite tarnishes some reputations.

    “You can rub and you can rub and you can rub and you can rub, but you can’t make shite shine.”

  • Alex

    SGT Reports prints fake news, old news, click bait articles and what ever else will get them page views. Sites like these are giving legit alternative media sites a bad name. It’s unfortunate but they’ve become worse than the MSM.

  • randy0302

    Another black eye for the SGT report via Dave Hodges! Ohh I’m shocked!
    That guy is stinkin up the bus! He is a liar and you are FAKE news SGT!!

  • Timco

    As much as I respect the SGT Report, I must agree with Randy and the others. Continually posting these BS stories from Dave Hodges, and others like him, is diminishing your credibility.

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