WASHINGTON (WWLP-AP) - Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it has arrested 255 people in an international child exploitation investigation.
ICE officials say they also identified 61 child victims in the five-week operation that ended June 30.
Check out the video by DVIDS/Peter Nissen from ICE to see arrests during operations in Los Angeles and Baltimore, as well as a look at their Cyber Crimes center.
Twenty people were charged with online sexual enticement of a minor. The remaining 235 people were charged with child pornography production, possession or distribution of child pornography, traveling with the intent to have sex with a minor, or other various offenses including rape.
According to a news release sent to 22News by ICE, two of those arrested in the sweep were from Massachusetts, but both were from the eastern part of the state. Agents arrested Joel Van Iderstine of Roslindale for child pornography possession, and Raymond Depaula of Marblehead in violation of state laws related to the production of child pornography.
So far this year, agents have arrested more than 1,600 people in such investigations.
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