238 arrested in “Operation Heartbreak” sting on child predators in California, 1,400 accused perverts busted nationwide
BY Alfred Ng NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Hundreds of suspected child predators were busted in a two-month sting across Southern California, police announced Monday.
Among the 238 people arrested in the “Operation Broken Heart III” sweep by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes against Children task force were clergy members, community leaders, entertainers and white-collar professionals, John Reynolds, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations special agent said at a press conference.
There had been nearly 900 investigations with 250 search warrants out for possible predators during the sweep in April and May. “The incidents of child sexual exploitation has reached staggering proportions,” Reynolds told reporters....
On June 1, Kounzong Saebphang, a Buddhist monk from Laos, was arrested at his monastery in Riverside after investigators received a tip he was sharing child pornography. Police found child porn on the monk’s computer, and believe he also shared it through social media, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
Saebphang had been staying in California on a religious worker visa.
Former "Glee" star Mark Salling was charged with child pornography charges in Los Angeles on May 27. The region’s most high-profile arrest was Mark Salling, the former “Glee” star who was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography on May 27....
Nationwide, Operation Broken Heart III has busted up to 1,400 perverts.