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

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: July 11, 2016
Contact: Lieutenant Mike Eggleston
Phone: (360) 704-2422
Cell: (360) 790-5960
Twitter: @wastatepatrol

13 Arrested in Spokane Child Sex Abuse Sting

Spokane County -- The Washington State Patrol's (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), arrested 13 people during a five-day operation that targeted individuals who wanted to sexually exploit children.

Law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capacity, communicated on the internet with individuals interested in the sexual exploitation of children. The operation generated hundreds of responses. The thirteen individuals arrested agreed to travel to various locations and engage in sexual activity with children ages six through thirteen years old.

Assistant Chief Randy Drake is the commander for the Washington State Patrol Investigative Services Bureau and was in Spokane for this operation.

"Children are some of the most vulnerable members in our society", said Chief Drake. "It is not only our sworn duty to protect them, it's our moral obligation" "I am very proud of the men and women who work tirelessly to identify and arrest these dangerous child predators".

This operation was a collaborative effort involving the following agencies:

The funding for this operation was possible due to donations from the public as well as a generous donation from Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.).

O.U.R. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing children around the world who are victims of sex slavery and assisting law enforcement in the prosecution of trafficking offenders. O.U.R. provides assistance to law enforcement in various ways across the world. O.U.R. is comprised of men and women who are internationally recognized experts in human trafficking and violence against women.

MECTF is a state law enforcement agency governed by RCW 13.60.110, and not designated at a 501 (c)(3) charity. Please consult with your tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service to determine if your donation is tax exempt.

Washington State Patrol's MECTF just recently rolled out a new donation page that allows the public to give monetary gifts online. All proceeds go directly to the identification and safe recovery of exploited children, the investigation of those that sexually exploit children, and successful apprehension and prosecution thereof.

To donate now, please visit:

More information about the various groups and task forces involved can be found online or call:

Operation Underground Railroad

Washington State Patrol - MECTF

Jerry Gowen

Investigative Assistance Division

Chief Operating Officer

PO Box 2347

Phone: (503) 313-0522

Olympia, WA 98507-2347

Phone: (360) 704-2410

Fax: (360 704-2973

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children