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Global child porn sting includes 3 arrests in Washington

stingSEATTLE — A child porn sting spanning the globe has led to hundreds of arrests, including some in the Northwest.

It was a five-week sting, spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It was dubbed, “Operation Sunflower,” and led to the arrest of 245 people. Agents said 123 children were also rescued, one as young as 19 days old.

“The results were significant but grim,” said John Morton, ICE director. “A sad reminder to us all that online child exploitation is a very real part of our lives.”

Brad Bench, a special agent in the Seattle office, said three people were arrested in Washington as part of the sting, including 36-year-old Luis Manyari of Burien.

Investigators said Manyari had dozens of photos and videos of child porn on his computer hard drive and that he told them, “Sometimes you get curious and make mistakes.”

He’s been charged with distribution and possession of child pornography. Manyari declined to speak to Q13 FOX News about the accusations.

Agents said they’ve also been able to catch the adults that actually abuse victims of child pornography, by using social media sites like Facebook.

Less than 24 hours after asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who could be seen in a video engaging in sexual contact with a 4- to 5-year-old child, a tip came in that led to her arrest.

Bench said not only do child pornographers have to fear law enforcement, they have to fear the public as well.

“I think as a community most people are so offended by the abuse of children that that is one area where they do want to help,” he added.

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3 Comments to “Global child porn sting includes 3 arrests in Washington”

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    Gladys said:
    February 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I worked for a couple of years day and night online conducting stings against predators. The amount of men and some women willing to have sex with a 12 & 13 year old girl that I portrayed myself as is mind boggling. I was doing a routine check on one person and got hit with nearly 50 instant messages in one chat room of which there were hundreds maybe thousands like it. I was physically ill that so many strange men would want to have sexual conversation or meet up with an adolescent for sex. My heart was so heavy that I was completely overwhelmed and exhausted after and quit the work, but not before I saw men arrested, prosecuted, deported and or imprisoned. These men were from every walk of life and sent me their pictures and called me on the phone which helped me identify some of them, others remained aloof. One man came to a hotel twice to meet two 12 year old cousins. I got help from the FBI on that one but this guy has to be someone with power because he is still out there. After I quit ICAC finally came to my state and began stings with trained local law enforcement who wanted nothing to do with this while it was a sting by a volunteer even though it meant real girls were being groomed online, molested and probably abducted and in some cases missing or killed. We need an army of people going after these sex offenders. There is no way law enforcement can do this alone. You will find these child predators in law enforcement, in court rooms, lawyers and judges, blue collar jobs, children's schools, clubs and churches, doctors and nurses, your next door neighbor, no one people group is free from these predators.

    Gladys said:
    February 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    PS if anyone needs help finding more information or a sting conducted on someone or any other investigative need please contact me at accurateinvest@bellsouth.net or check out my web page at http://www.accurateinvestigation.com.

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