Four Seattle-area men indicted for seeking to sexually assault children during FBI online sting operation
In each case defendants allegedly communicated with undercover agents about their interest in sexually molesting children or young teens
Seattle (STL.News) A federal grand jury has indicted four Seattle-area men who were arrested and charged following an FBI sting operation focused on adults seeking to sexually assault children, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. The investigation revealed that some of the defendants had molested other children or collected images of child sexual abuse before they were identified by law enforcement.
“Law enforcement reports increasing concern about online sexual exploitation of children during the pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “Tragically, we saw this week that in service to the safety and innocence of children, two FBI agents lost their lives in Florida, and three others were wounded. I commend our local agents for their work on this matter, and indeed, all of law enforcement who risk much in pursuit of those who prey on our most vulnerable.”
According to records filed in the case, in September and October 2020, defendants allegedly communicated with undercover agents and officers via internet platforms with the intent to sexually abuse children, some as young as 6 years old.