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KSP Participates In Coordinated Effort To Lock Up Child Predators

Date of News Release: 06/16/2014

(Frankfort, KY) - Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces around the country, including the Kentucky State Police, launched "Operation Broken Heart" on May 1st, a coordinated strike by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies--with the sole purpose of arresting as many child predators as possible.

The Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says the operation concentrated on offenders who: (1) possess, manufacture and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution) and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children).

The combined efforts of the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force resulted in approximately 52 investigations and 12 arrests across the state. ICAC affiliate agencies from the State Attorney General's Office, Boone County Sheriff's Office, Bowling Green PD, Campbell County PD, Hopkinsville PD, Kenton County PD, Lexington PD and the Kentucky State Police participated in the month long operation.