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Operation Net Nanny 16th By WSP MECTF

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COLLABORATION: OPERATION NET NANNY

Operation Net Nanny: 19 ARRESTS
in KITSAP COUNTY

KITSAP COUNTY, WA  –  Nineteen dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Kitsap County were removed from the streets, thanks to a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and several partner agencies.

Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 16th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate.  Since the original operation in August 2015, MECTF has netted a total of 271 arrests and rescued more than 31 children across the state.

The funding for this operation was made possible due in part by support from the public as well as a generous donation from Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).  O.U.R. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) who shares the mission of law enforcement agencies to save children and see that child predators are arrested and prosecuted. O.U.R. is privileged and honored to partner with our nation’s law enforcement heroes in this important cause to combat the sexual exploitation of children in our nation’s communities.

MECTF’s primary mission is to proactively target those persons involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet.  “This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children.  We will not rest in our efforts to make Washington communities safer and appreciate our partners in this important work” says WSP Chief John R. Batiste.

From July 25, 2019 to July 29, 2019, undercover law enforcement officers used various websites on the internet and phone applications to communicate with people interested in having sex with children.  The operation generated hundreds of responses.  The would-be perpetrators who were arrested during the operation traveled to meet with the undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys with the intent to engage in sexual activity with children as young as six years old.

Primary crimes investigated are:

  • RCW 9A.44.073 – Rape of a child in the first degree – attempt
  • RCW 9A.44.076 – Rape of a child in the second degree – attempt
  • RCW 9.68A.100 – Commercial sexual abuse of a minor
  • RCW 9.68A.090 – Communication with a minor for immoral purposes

The names of the individuals arrested during the operation are:

  • Joseph T. McCarthy, 23, Maple Valley
  • Anthony J. Tangonan, 24, Bremerton
  • Owen T. Shreve, 27, Poulsbo
  • Hector C Escobar, 26, Lakewood
  • Jordan M. Kaufman, 24, Port Orchard
  • Kendall N Spann, 25, Bremerton
  • Bradley D Petrie, 21, Bremerton
  • Skyler L Barkdull, 20, Tacoma
  • Timmothy A Hoskinson, 49, Bremerton
  • David Bagby, 39, Port Orchard
  • Mathew E Sanches, 25, Tacoma
  • Zachary M. Drouin, 26, Olalla
  • Dominic J. McGill, 27, Lynnwood
  • Reid A. Weeks, 64, Woodland
  • Noah A. LaFountaine, 22, Bremerton
  • Jason C. Steele, 46, Seattle
  • Travan T. Tagaloa, 33, Bremerton
  • B. A. Youngblood Simpson, 26, Bremerton
  • Jimmy S. Howard, 46, Bremerton

“The number of arrests made during this operation is extremely disappointing,” said Bremerton Police Department Chief Jim Burchett.  “I hope that someday we conduct an operation like this and no one responds.  Until that time, we will continue taking proactive steps to keep our kids safe, including partnering with the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force in the outstanding work they do in protecting children from predators.”

Anyone with information related to the suspects listed, or information leading to the identity of victims potentially involved in these cases please contact MECTF at mectf@wsp.wa.gov.

“The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office will continue targeting those persons who engage in victimizing the most vulnerable members of our communities, our children, through sexual abuse and human trafficking,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson.  “Working as part of the WSP task force optimizes our investigative and enforcement capabilities ten-fold, which assists us in holding these perpetrators accountable for their actions.”

The collaborative effort involving more than 60 dedicated law enforcement officers, agents, and staff led to the success of this operation.  Those agencies involved include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation’s South Sound Child Exploitation Task Force
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • Bremerton Police Department
  • West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team
  • Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office
  • Washington State Attorney General’s Office
  • Washington State Patrol High-Tech Crime Unit
  • Washington State Patrol Criminal Investigation Division
  • Washington State Patrol Field Operation Bureau
  • Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit
  • Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF)
  • Washington State Patrol Fusion Center
  • Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Maui Police Department ~ Hawaii
  • Alabama Attorney General Office

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.jpg photo of Operation Underground Railroad Logo graphicIn the past five years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued 2,760 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 1,493 traffickers around the world.

NY Gov Dragging Feet Signing Legislation?

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Erin Merryn

Child Sex Abuse victim advocates want
to know why Cuomo hasn’t signed
Erin’s Law

ALBANY, NY  –  Advocates for child sex abuse victims say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dragging his feet on signing education legislation that could decrease future child sex abuse cases.

“Erin’s Law” requires at least one hour per school year to teach kids in kindergarten through eighth grade about abuse and how to report it.

A 2015 federal law championed by U.S. Senator Kirstan Gillibrand (D-NY) provides grant funding for the program.

It’s been passed in 37 states, including New York, when the bill cleared both legislative chambers on June 20.

“I don’t know what’s going on in New York.  It’s frustrating because I flew to New York and testified in 2011.  It’s been the most difficult state to get it passed.  Now we have to wait yet another year,” Erin Merryn, an abuse survivor from Illinois, for whom the legislation is named, told The Post.

Under the law, the state Education Department would be required to devise the curriculum, but a spokesman said the department does not comment on pending legislation.

“They made me repeat first grade because of what nobody knew was going on,” Merryn added.

“You’re actually saving money by teaching this because those kids that are being abused are the kids that you’re having to pour so much more funding into.”

“It’s important that [Gov. Cuomo] does this sooner than later, even though we’ve missed this year’s deadline, this is crucial for the children of the state of New York,” she said.

“Erin’s law actually prevents child abuse in a big way,” said child sex abuse survivor Gary Greenberg, who has pushed the bill for years.

“[It] is an even more important law than the Child Victims Act because it will actually go into every public school in the state and teach kids who to report to, and about appropriate touching.  As time goes on he’s signing all these bills, a lot of bills, and no Erin’s law,” he said of Gov. Cuomo.

The law would take effect on the July 1 after the bill is signed.

“We 100 percent agree with the intent of the bill and want to ensure it’s implemented correctly.  The bill language remains under review by counsel’s office,” said Cuomo spokeswoman Caitlin Girouard.

The state’s office of Children and Family Services said in 2018, the statewide central register hotline received 297,233 calls related to child abuse cases resulting in 199,047 reports flagged for further action.

Not Much Of A Deterrent

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A professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine was charged with the distribution and possession of child pornography.

UCLA professor of medicine charged with possession and distribution of
Child Porn

A professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine was charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office news release announced Wednesday.

Guido Germano, director of artificial intelligence medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA professor-in-residence, plead not guilty to one felony count of distributing obscene matter and one count of possession of child or youth pornography Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He is accused of using a peer-to-peer software to distribute child pornography videos and downloading them to his personal computer, according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the Cyber Crime Division in the news release.

Germano is still listed on the UCLA campus directory as of Aug. 2.  However, he was placed on administrative leave Thursday after the university was made aware of the charges against him, a UCLA spokesperson said.

He was arrested June 19 and released on bond.  His arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 1.

Germano faces a potential maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the news release.  The case is still under investigation.

NC Man Wanted For Felony Child Abuse Now In Custody

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Christopher Shaun Forde, 36, was arrested in Forsyth County for felony Child Abuse.

Wanted man found in Forsyth County, arrested on Child Abuse charges
after baby found with injuries
to face and brain

RANDOLPH COUNTY, NC  –  A man, wanted on child abuse charges, was found and arrested Tuesday evening, according to a Randolph County Sheriff’s Office news release.

At about 7 p.m., Christopher Shaun Forde, 36, was arrested in Forsyth County.  He was given a $250,000 secured bond.

On June 16, deputies received a child abuse/child neglect report.

The report said that a baby had been in the care and custody of Forde and was discovered with injuries.

The juvenile was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital and it was determined the child had sustained facial bruising and injuries to the face, neck and shoulder, deputies say.

It was also determined that the child had older injuries that were healing including a brain bleed.

An arrest warrant reports the child was less than 1 year old and had a bleeding mouth and disrupted frenulum.

Doctors determined that the injuries were not accidental.

Investigators say that both incidents happened while the child was in the care and custody of Forde.

Warrants have been issued for two counts of felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, the release says.

35K Bond For Lying And Child Endangerment????

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Chrystal Jackson, the aunt of 18-month-old Cedric “CJ” Jackson, the toddler whose body was found in a landfill.

Aunt of Dallas boy found dead in landfill arrested

DALLAS, TX  –  The aunt of an 18-month-old Dallas boy whose body was found in a landfill has been charged with child endangerment.

Chrystal Jackson was arrested Thursday morning.  Her bond was set at $35,000. Conditions of her release stipulate she is to have no contact with any child.  She must also submit to random drug testing, not consume alcohol or possess a deadly weapon.

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Cedric “C.J.” Jackson,18-months-old

Chrystal reported her nephew, Cedric “CJ” Jackson, missing on July 10.  She told police she put him to bed the night before and said he was gone when she woke up the next morning.

An Amber Alert was issued for Cedric because another child living in the apartment said they saw someone take Cedric in the middle of the night.

Jackson’s boyfriend, who has a lengthy criminal history, later confessed that he had swaddled Cedric in a blanket to “restrict” his movement.

Johnson explained the 18-month-old got up one night and “made a mess” by getting into ketchup packets, so he wrapped him tightly to prevent him from getting up in the night, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Johnson said the boy began throwing up and became unresponsive after he unwrapped him.  He said he performed CPR on the boy for 30-45 minutes before putting him in a dumpster, the affidavit states.

C.J.’s body was found at a Rockwall landfill after the dumpster had been emptied.

C.J. was placed in his aunt’s care by Child Protective Services in May under an agreement with the child’s biological parents.  It’s not clear why her boyfriend was caring for him instead.

CPS removed six other children’s from Jackson’s home following Cedric’s death. Two are Jackson’s children and four are Johnson’s children.

A custody hearing is set for later this month, and CPS says it is reviewing how it handled C.J.’s placement into Jackson’s home.

One mother who lives in the same complex as Chrystal Jackson said this will help justice be served for C.J.

“It’s sad.  I feel like justice should be served for the baby, you know. It’s crazy,” Heather Johnson said.

[REPORTER: “To hear that he died in such a terrible way under her care, what goes through your mind as a mother?”]  “It’s just, you have to watch everybody, I mean, the closest people that you think, I mean, stuff happens,” she responded.

Blue ribbons wrapped around trees with C.J.’s name line the streets surrounding the aunt’s condominium where he was reported missing.

A neighbor said they were put up in and around the area where DPD officers and volunteers searched for the little boy.