Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: September 4, 2015
Contact: Sergeant J. Paul Cagle
Phone: (360) 596-4014
Cell: (360) 507-6041
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

Nine Arrested and Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Kitsap County -- September 3, 2015, concluded a two week operation in Kitsap County where nine individuals were arrested and charged with either sexual abuse of a child, possesion of child pornography or sexual exploitation of a child.

Law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capcity, communicated with individuals interested in sexual exploitation of children. The operation generated hundreds of responses, with nine individuals agreeing to meet at a predesignated location and were ulitmately arrested.

This was a collaborative effort involving  the Washington State Patrol's (WSP) Criminal Investigative Division, Investigative Assistance Division, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations and  Kitsap County Prosecutors.

Child exploitation is a serious problem in our country. Without the dedication and passion of organizations and task forces such as the Missing and Exploited Childrens Task Force, (MECTF) Operation Undergound Railroad, Missing and Unidentified Person's Unit, (MUPU) The Federal Bureau of Investigations Child Exploitation Task Force and the High Tech Crimes Unit, the arrest may not have been possible.

The WSP is very proud of all the men and woman involved in bringing these individuals to justice.

More information about the various groups and task forces involved can be found online.