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News Release

Monday, June 20, 2016

Media Relations

Operation Broken Heart III Results in the Arrests of Hundreds of Child Predators NA16127ne

WHAT:
News Conference outlining the operation

WHEN:
Monday, June 20, 2016
10:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Jesse A. Brewer Jr. Park
3875 Bill Robinson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(Southeast corner of Vermont Avenue and Exposition Boulevard)
*Parking will be on Bill Robertson Lane and in Lot 3 adjacent to the park

WHO:
LAPD Deputy Chief Matt Blake, Chief of Detectives
LAPD Captain Julian Melendez, Juvenile Division Commanding Officer
HSI Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge, John Reynolds
LASD Chief Earl Shields, Detective Division
LASD Commander Rod Kusch, Detective Division
LASD Lieutenant Kent Wegener, Human Trafficking Bureau
LADA SDDA Samer Hathout, High Tech Crimes Unit

WHY:
During the months of April and May 2016, all 61 Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Forces across the nation, launched "Operation Broken Heart III". The Los Angeles Regional ICAC's operation resulted in the arrest of over 238 child predators. Investigators will outline the operation and provide information as to their individual roles in the operation. There will be a mobile lab on display, which is maintained by ICAC- LAPD. It is used for on-site examination of digital devices use for the production, distribution and possession of child pornography.

The following affiliate agencies will be available to discuss their roles in the task force: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Child Exploitation Investigative Groups from Long Beach and Orange County, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and Fontana Police Department.

CONTACT:
For more information, please call LAPD Media Relations at (213) 486-5910.

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