COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The Collin County Sheriff’s Office arrested 15 people during the two-day “Operation Home Alone.”
The undercover operation targeted suspects who would use the Internet to hunt adolescent children.
Sheriff’s investigators, in conjunction with agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Pleasant Police Department, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, worked together.
“I would like to thank the researchers who participated in this operation for their hard work and dedication to bringing this group of sexual predators to justice. These predators are very advanced in their use of technology and exploit online forums to target and communicate with children.” said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner. “Parents should talk to their children about their devices and how they use them — and report any suspicious activity to the nearest law enforcement agency. Here in Collin County, we will continue to do what it takes to protect our children.”
Eleven men were charged with online solicitation of a minor, four were charged with prostitution of a person under the age of 18, one man was charged with sexual performance of a child and another was charged with possession of child pornography.
During the operation, investigators seized a large number of electronic devices used by these individuals to commit their crimes. These devices will be subject to forensic examination, which could lead to additional criminal charges.