Sting Operations (2015)
All of the items below are related to Child Sex Sting Operations. Sting means the FBI or local law enforcement are using websites, social media, or messenger programs to lure suspected child predators to a location for arrest. I tried to do a cursory search via google (6 pages) and capture as many big sting operations as possible. I did not try to include any prostitution or Human Trafficking related operations. BTW, Florida seems to have the highest number of these child sex sting operations going on, or at least the most publicity. E-mail me if I’ve missed anything.
- 2015 January: Maryland – 18 men ranging from 21 to 70 caught during year long investigation.
- 2015 March: Operation Spring Cleaning – 12 men arrested in Texas ranging in age from 19-43.
- 2015 April: Oklahoma – Six busted in across Oklahoma.
- 2015 April: Central Texas – Five arrested in Central Texas.
- 2015 April: Operation Spring Cleaning – 23 arrests in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Run over 5 days and captured ages 19 – 48. In 2014 the Georgia ICAC Task Force made 196 arrests. It made 244 arrests in 2015 340 arrests in 2016. The Georgia ICAC Task Force has made over 2,000 arrests since its inception in 2002.
- 2015 April-May: Operation Broken Heart II – A two month operation which netted 1140 child predators in 41 states. On the plus side the task force did deliver 2,200 presentations on Internet safety to more than 186,000 youth and adults during these two months.
- 2015 May: Georgia Sting – 22 people arrested in Georgia Sting Operation (185 Arrest in 2014 noted).
- 2015 June: Operation L and P – 101 people arrested in Florida Child Sex Sting Operation.
- 2015 June: Operation Intercept – 10 men in Tampa area
- 2015 July: Colorado – 8 arrested as part of nationwide operation in April-May.
- 2015 July: North Texas – 16 people in North Texas. Age Range is 21-67.
- 2015 September: Operation Panther – 21 people for soliciting minors in Gainesville, Florida.
- 2015 September: Osceola County Sting – 10 arrested in Osceola, Florida.
- 2015 September: Net Nanny 1 (WA) – 9 arrested in Kitsap County, WA. First well planned and organized Sting operation in Washington.
- 2015 October: La Crosse – 4 arrested in Wisconsin but part of bigger FBI operation called Operation Cross Country IV.
- 2015 November: Houston – 13 more people in Houston, Texas (Fort Bend).
- 2015 December: Net Nanny 2 (WA) – 10 people arrested in Pierce County, Washington.
Total Arrested: 280 + 1140 (Operation Broken Heart II)