Twelve Los Angeles County residents, including a former middle school teacher, are among 255 suspected child predators arrested during a five-week operation conducted by federal agencies. Operation iGuardian, which ran from May 28 to June 30, was created to rescue victims of online sexual exploitation and arrest their abusers.
It is also targeted at criminals who posses or produce child pornography, according to a statement issued to the media by Homeland Security Investigations (HIS). HIS, along with Internet Crimes Against Children, oversaw the operation and determined that a "disturbing trend" is emerging in which child predators are persuading children to create and share sexually explicit material online. Sixty-one children were identified as victims.
Investigators found the child predators were sending minors obscene images, chatting with them about sexual topics, asking them for sexual images or videos and attempting to meet them for sex. Statewide, 39 people were arrested and five juvenile victims were identified during the operation. Among those arrested was David Boyle, 49, a former Middle School teacher who allegedly used the internet to entice a 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual activities.
Also arrested was 29-year-old David Jones of Topanga, a professional inline skater accused of having and distributing child pornography. The suspect allegedly used several different email addresses to upload child pornography images on social networking sites. Investigators uncovered an external hard drive at one of his residences with "several thousand" images and videos depicting child sexual abuse. Some of the victims were as young as 6 years old.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, receiving child pornography, distribution of child pornography, child molestation or any other type of
sex crime, it is essential to
consult with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who can aggressively fight the charges against you.