Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it has arrested 255 alleged child predators, including a 49-year-old middle school teacher, and identified 61 underage victims in an international sting operation.
The five-week operation, which ended June 30, targeted sexual predators who use the Internet to exploit children and disseminate child freak flicks.
Twenty people were charged with online sexual enticement of a minor, which investigators are calling ‘sextorting.’ The crime involves coercing children into producing nekkid or sexual photos by threatening them with blackmail or violence.
The remaining suspects were charged with child freak flick production, possession or distribution of child freak flicks, traveling with the intent to have sex with a minor and other offenses including sex assault.
More than one third of the victims identified during the sting operation were engaging online with strangers who sexually exploited them. The ages of those victims ranged from seven to 17 years old and the majority were between 13 and 15 years old.
Overall, 20 of the victims are under the age of nine, including seven who are younger than six years old.
Among those arrested was John David Boyle, a 49-year-old Los Angeles-area middle school teacher who has been charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy, advertising child porn on the Internet and several other crimes.
Boyle, of Glendora, California, was arrested last month after he set up a meeting in his classroom to watch child porn with a man that he met online.Unbeknownst to him, the man was actually an an undercover agent.
Further investigation revealed a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly molested by Boyle, a teacher at Royal Oak Middle School in Covina.
B-b-but wait it gets worse!
In a separate case, authorities tracked down and charged Jimmy Caraballo-Colon, a former high school cheerleading coach, for allegedly blackmailing a 17-year-old girl from Colorado.
Caraballo-Colon, 25, reportedly met the girl in an anonymous Internet video chat website.
According to court documents, Caraballo-Colon persuaded the minor to remove her clothes during a video chat and then threatened to publish a recording of the act unless she provided him with her personal information, such as her phone number and email address.
He then forced her to perform more explicit acts during video chats that he recorded. If she didn’t comply, he would threaten to post the videos online.
Sadly enough, this probably didn’t even put a small dent in the amount of internet pervs lurking out there.
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