77 Cybercrime Offenders Caught by Florida CyberCrime Unit
A coalition among Attorney General Bill McCollum, Governor
Charlie Crist, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner
Gerald Bailey, and John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted are planning to announce the results of a 10-week statewide cybercrime operation.
Operation Orange Tree was a cooperative effort by 23 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working together to target some of the state's worst cybercrime offenders with the Attorney General's CyberCrime Unit was among the operation's leading participants, according to the Attorney General's news release.
Seventy-Seven men have been arrested including four registered sex offenders and charges range from possession and distribution of child pornography to sexual battery.
Seventeen of the individuals arrested possessed a highly explicit video tutorial which instructs users on methods to molest children ranging from infant to adolescent and tips fro avoiding detection.
Five victims were rescued including one teenage who disclosed to investigators that she has been abused on a regular basis for the past 10 years.
None of these offenders were listed in Alachua County.
The Cybercrime Unit was established in 2005 as a six-person unit based in Jacksonville, Fla. Since 2007 the unit has grown to 30 members and has five offices throughout the state.
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