NJ attorney general: 31 suspects arrested for sexually exploiting children online

Thirty-one men were arrested in the operation, which spanned three months. They range from 18 to 65 years old.

News 12 Staff

Jul 14, 2021, 8:14 PM

Updated 1,011 days ago

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Dozens of suspects were arrested in New Jersey and charged with sexually exploiting children online, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Wednesday.
Thirty-one men were arrested in the operation, which spanned three months. They range from 18 to 65 years old.
They're charged with crimes including attempted human trafficking and criminal sexual contact.
Grewal said in a statement that the suspects were arrested as part of "Operation 24/7," which his office described as a "collaborative operation launched to address the continued spike in reports of potential threats to children from online predators during the COVID pandemic."
In a statement, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan said, "We will never relent in our efforts to root out and arrest anyone involved in the depraved network of criminals who seek children to sexually assault, as well as those who share child pornography online. Parents can join the fight by talking to their children about the dangers of online predators and closely monitoring their online activity."
If convicted, some of the men could face up to 20 years in prison.


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