New Jersey authorities have arrested 79 alleged sex offenders, among them a youth minister and a police officer, following a nine-month investigation that targeted those using social media to prey on children.
The initiative, "Operation Safety Net," saw arrests for various sex offenses, including sexual assault, possession of thousands of files of child pornography, and sending lewd photos to children. Those arrested range in age from 14 to 75. Among them are:
Authorities also arrested 10 men outside the state on charges of trying to traffic children from New Jersey for sex.
Officials pinned part of the investigation's success on two new tools: a canine that can detect hidden electronics and a mobile forensics van used to more safely search devices. Police in Delaware County also recently employed an electronics-sniffing dog for child-pornography investigations.