Child Sexual Exploitation Sting Nets 19 in Southeastern Louisiana

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178795084NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Nineteen men from across southeastern Louisiana were arrested as part of a month-long sting aimed at keeping Louisiana’s children safe ahead of the summer months, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Wednesday.

Operation Broken Heart, led by Louisiana internet crimes against children task force, comprised of local, state and federal officials concentrated on offenders who engaged in the possession, production or distribution of child pornography, commercial and online solicitation of children for sexual purposes and sex tourism.

While most of the 19 arrests involved the possession or distribution of child pornography, other arrests included charges related to the production of pornography involving juveniles, indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, unlawful use or access to social media, simple rape and attempted simple kidnapping. See a detailed list of the suspects and their offenses HERE.

“The results of this operation illustrate that kids don’t have to venture out of their backyard any longer to encounter danger, it can find them right in their own home,” Caldwell said in a release.  “Our affiliates are spread across the state with a common purpose—to keep our kids safe.”

June is National Internet Safety Month.

In 2013, the attorney general’s Cyber Crime Unit arrested 87 and secured 62 successful prosecutions.