Law enforcement officials from across the region Thursday touted the success of a wide-reaching child exploitation investigation that resulted in more than 275 arrests in May.
“Operation Broken Heart” involved 62 federal and regional law enforcement organizations across five counties.
“The dirty old man stereotype no longer applies,” said Homeland Security Special Agent Claude Arnold at a Thursday news conference. “The perpetrators in these cases come from all walks of life.”
According to authorities, those arrested include a retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy involved in child pornography, a special needs teacher’s assistant who sought sex with two children, and a 64-year-old computer programmer who hoped to meet a 15-year-old at a public park for sex.
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