HOUSTON — A two-month multi-agency operation targeting child
predators netted 51 arrests, including a Houston firefighter and a
teacher, officials announced Thursday. Operation Broken Heart, which was
spearheaded by the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task
Force and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, targeted
individuals involved in online solicitation of minors, sex trafficking
of minors, and child pornography, officials said.
"This is not
just something that is relegated to your next door neighbor or one town
away," Houston Police Sergeant Luis Menendez-Sierra, who works closely
wioth ICAC, said. "Parents need to be vigilant."
Menedez-Sierra said the operation took places through April and May, and involved multiple agencies.
One of those arrested was a man who drove from California to Houston to meet a child for sexual relations, Menedez-Sierra said.
of the arrests centered in Montgomery County, which included a
39-year-old woman who worked as a private tutor in The Woodlands,
"You can't fix a pedophile," said Montgomery County DA Brett Ligon, where 25 of those alleged predators were arrested.
Broken Heart is a nationwide operation that targets child sexual
predators each year. In 2018, local law enforcement agencies arrested
more than 60 men and women in the Houston area, and hundreds nationwide
for various child pornography charges.