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Operation targeting sexual predators produces 27 arrests

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 13:49:31-05

PHOENIX - An undercover operation by several Phoenix-area police departments and state and federal agencies to target sexual predators has resulted in 27 arrests.

Participating agencies in Operation Predator included the Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Chandler police departments, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Officials said the operation targeted the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking and used undercover detectives, with ads placed on websites and apps commonly visited or used by people seeking illegal sexual contact with juveniles. officials said people arrested are accused of soliciting sex acts with individuals they believed to be 14 years old or younger.

Those arrested ranged in area from 21 to 69.?