The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office arrested 31 suspects involved in an undercover online child sex crimes operation as part of “Operation Deja Vu.” These suspects, ranging from ages 20 to 80 and coming from 5 different counties, reportedly engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with people who they believed were minor children.
As a result of the undercover operation, 33 cell phones, 10 vehicles, drugs, champagne, lubricants, condoms, HP tablets, and other drug paraphernalia were seized to be reviewed as evidence.
Ohio ICAC Task Force Commander David Frattare stated that a lot of offenders feel very comfortable. They simply believe the child is home alone and enter the residence in an attempt to engage in the activity they expressed interest in.
What Is “Operation Deja Vu”?
How did Operation Deja Vu play out?
Undercover police officers posed as minors under 16 years old. The 31 sex crime suspects talked with the “children” on popular social media apps and sent them photos of their genitalia.
All 31 suspects agreed to meet with the “children” at an undisclosed location in Cuyahoga County. These individuals knocked on the door of a residence only to be arrested by officers. The items mentioned above were seized and may be used as evidence in court. Currently, the suspects are in custody at the Cuyahoga County Jail.
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