California authorities announce arrest of 275 child predators in monthlong operation

Tami Abdollah / The Associated Press
June 26, 2014 03:09 PM

Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force detective Shannon Geaney demonstrates computer forensics on a hard drive at a mobile lab, after authorities throughout Southern California announce the arrests of more than 275 child predators during a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday, June 26, 2014. Law enforcement conducted the operations in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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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