More than two dozen individuals have been arrested and 19 youngsters have been rescued following a months-long regulation enforcement operation in Texas focusing on the distribution of kid sexual abuse materials on-line, authorities mentioned Monday.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office mentioned “Operation Hydra” resulted within the arrest and charging of 28 individuals with crimes associated to the sexual exploitation of youngsters.
“This operation is a stark reminder of the realities of youngster sexual exploitation and the proliferation of kid sexual abuse materials on the web, and the necessity for proactive measures to handle these crimes towards our youngsters,” the DA’s workplace mentioned in a information launch.
Detectives had monitored discussion groups on social media and recognized individuals who allegedly participated within the distribution of kid sexual abuse materials.
The suspects arrested have been from 17 states, the DA mentioned.