LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Authorities throughout Southern California on Thursday announced the arrests of more than 275 child predators that included a teaching assistant for special needs kids, a U.S. Army soldier and a Los Angeles Fire Department officer.
The monthlong "Operation Broken Heart" took place in May and involved dozens of local, state and federal authorities who worked in concert.
The Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children task force had its investigators pretend to be 12 to 14-year-old children online and arrested many individuals when they showed up to engage in sex acts with children.
The number of arrests and potential allegations are expected to grow as forensic investigators continue their analysis of seized evidence.
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