McKinney, Texas: The Collin County Sheriff's Office posted a press release to their website yesterday announcing the results of Operation Home Alone which took place between March 22 and 24, 2022.
"This undercover operation targeted suspects who utilize the internet to prey upon adolescent children."
A total of 15 individuals were arrested a numerous electronic devices were seized. Those devices will undergo further forensic evaluation which may result in additional charges being filed.
11 of the 15 arrested were charged with online solicitation of a minor, four were charged with prostitution of a person under the age of 18, one was charged with sexual performance of a child, and one was charged with possession of child pornography.
"I want to thank the investigators who participated in this operation for their hard work and dedication to bring this group of sexual predators to justice," Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said. "These predators are very sophisticated in their use of technology and exploit online forums to target and communicate with children. Parents must engage with their children about their devices and how they use them- and please report any suspicious activity to your nearest law enforcement agency. Here in Collin County, we will continue to do what is necessary to protect our children."