Pierce County ‘Net Nanny’ Operation Leads to 21 Arrests Of Alleged Child Predators
August 01, 2018
(PUYALLUP, WA.) – A total fo 21 alleged “dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Pierce County” were arrested during a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), and several local law enforcement partners and affiliates.
Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this was the 13th such combined law enforcement operation around the state with a mission to “proactively target those persons involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet,” according top a statenent released by the WSP.
In addition to the identified suspects, detectives believe four suspects have been recognized as having access to over 10 children at risk of being abused. “Supplemental follow-up investigations are currently underway to identify those children and arrange for the appropriate assistance for any abuse they may have been exposed to,” said WSP Trooper/Public Information Officer Rick Johnson in an email.
These high-arrest Net Nanny operations began in August of 2015 by the Washington State Patrol and since the first operation there have been twelve additional operations throughout Washington State.
The WSP Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) affiliate, spearheads the multi-agency operation that includes partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement.
The “Net Nanny” series, conducted throughout the State of Washington, has now netted a total of 205 arrests and rescued over 30 identified child victims throughout the state.
In this latest Net Nanny “sting,” undercover law enforcement officers communicated on the internet through various websites and mobile phone applications with people interested in having sex with children.
The operation generated “hundreds of responses,” said the WSP with the would-be perpetrators who were arrested over the five day operation traveling to meet with undercover detectives posing as young girls and boys with the intent to engage in sexual activity with children as young as nine years old.
Among the alleged crimes the WSP is investigating as a result of the operation and arrests are:
RCW 9A.44.073 – Rape of a child in the first degree – attempt
RCW 9A.44.076 – Rape of a child in the second degree – attempt
RCW 9.68A.100 – Commercial sexual abuse of a minor
RCW 9.68A.070 – Possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct
RCW 9.68A.050 – Dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct
RCW 9.68A.090 – Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
RCW 69.50.4015 – Involving a person under 18 in unlawful controlled substance transaction
RCW 69.50.406 – Distribution to persons under age 18
Arrested during the operation were men ranging in age from 19 to 70 and from towns and cities all over western Washington including:
And one 34-year old man who listed his address as Gresham, Oregon and one 19-year old who gave an address of Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) WA.
The WSP says a collaborative effort involving over 60 dedicated law enforcement officer, agents, and staff led to the success of this operation. Those agencies involved:
Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations
Federal Bureau of Investigations Seattle and Tacoma Field Offices
Naval Criminal Investigative Services
Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID)
Southeast Region Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State – ‘Intercept’ Unit
Bellingham Police Department
Bonney Lake Police Department
Centralia Police Department
Lakewood Police Department
Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office
US Marshall’s Service
Washington State Department of Corrections
Washington State Attorney General’s Office
Washington State Patrol High Tech Crime Unit
Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigation Division
Washington State Patrol Field Operation Bureau – District 1 and 2