WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement reported Monday 255 child predators were arrested, and 61 victims identified, in a five-week operation.
Operation iGuardian, which ran from May 28 to June 30, was a surge operation conducted by the agency's Homeland Security Investigations and Internet Crimes Against Children task forces to identify and rescue online sexual exploitation victims and arrest their abusers, an ICE statement said.
Of the 255 child predators arrested, 20 were charged with online sexual enticement of a minor, the rest with creation, possession and distribution of child pornography, the statement said.
Investigators pointed to three significant arrests during the operation. Jimmy Carabello-Colon, 25, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, was arrested after he allegedly blackmailed a girl, 17, he met online in a chat room.
John David Boyle, 49, a Glendora, Calif., high school teacher, was arrested during an undercover sting in his classroom and charged with attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity over the Internet.
Eduardo Arturo Romero Barrios, 33, a Mexican national, was arrested with help from the Monterrey, Mexico, police, for allegedly requesting provocative images from minors, then threatening to blackmail them.