WSP Arrests 7 Men For Trying To Set Up Sex With A 13-Year-Old In Everett

January 28, 2020

Police Blotter

Net Nanny

Sadly it was a busy weekend for the task force in Everett, WA

Seven men each came to a residence in Everett, Washington after explicit sexual conversation over the internet and phone with what they thought was a 13-year-old girl. When they got to the home, they found out the 13-year-old was really an undercover Washington State Patrol detective.

The operation is called Net Nanny and for the past several years the Washington State Patrol has conducted these operations across the State of Washington to identify and arrest those who prey on underage and vulnerable victims. Here’s more on the operation conducted this weekend by the WSP task force. A similar effort was carried out in Snohomish County during one of the first half-dozen Net Nanny operations a few years ago. (This operation was Net Nanny #18)

Seven men were arrested in Snohomish County over the course of several days as part of an operation identifying individuals allegedly involved in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. This multi-day operation involved the Washington State Patrol (WSP), local Snohomish County law enforcement agencies and several partner agencies. These cases will be reviewed by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine whether or what criminal charges should be filed. Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell stated, “I am very proud of the deputy prosecuting attorneys from my office who worked diligently to assist in this critical investigation alongside the Washington State Patrol and other criminal justice partners.”

Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 18th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate. Since the original operation in August of 2015, MECTF has netted a total of 294 and rescued more than 31 children across the state.

MECTF’s primary mission during this operation is to proactively target those persons involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet. “While the internet is a powerful tool for information in people’s lives, criminals use the same technology to commit unspeakable crimes against vulnerable populations including the young. Working with our local, state, and federal partners in law enforcement in operations like Net Nanny, we use every available resource to pursue the guilty and protect the innocent.” says WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children and making our communities safer.”

Primary crimes investigated are:

 RCW 9A.44.073 – Rape of a child in the first degree – attempt
 RCW 9A.44.076 – Rape of a child in the second degree – attempt
 RCW 9.68A.100 – Commercial sexual abuse of a minor
 RCW 9.68A.090 – Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
 RCW 9.68A.040 – Sexual Exploitation of a minor

The ages and home cities of the men involved are:
. 25, Bellingham
· 38, Bellingham
· 31, Seattle
· 56, Monroe
· 23, Everett
· 34, Arlington
· 21, Everett

Anyone with information related to the suspects listed, or information leading to the identity of victims potentially involved in these cases please contact MECTF at mectf@wsp.wa.gov.

The collaborative effort involving more than 70 dedicated law enforcement officers, agents, and staff led to the success of this operation. Those agencies involved include:

 

o   Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office

o   Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

o   Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force

o   Washington State Patrol

o   Everett Police Department

o   Federal Bureau of Investigation

o   Naval Criminal Investigative Service

MECTF is a state law enforcement agency governed by RCW 13.60.110, and not designated as a 501 (c)(3) charity. All donations made to MECTF go directly to MECTF and are used explicitly in the identification and safe recovery of exploited children, the investigation of those sexually exploiting children, and successful apprehension and prosecution thereof. Please consult with your tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service to determine if your donation is tax exempt. To donate and support MECTF, please visit: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/mectf/

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