January 28, 2021

USA: Detectives Reviewed 100 Devices Found 17,000 Images Of Suspected Child Porn Leading To Arrest Of 14 Men In Florida. 33 Missing Children Rescued In Major Human Trafficking Investigation.

written by Tiffany Razzano
Friday January 26, 2021

MANATEE COUNTY, FL — A months-long investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of 14 men on 541 child pornography-related charges.

The MCSO Internet Crime Against Children task force launched Operation “One Way Ticket” in July. The task force obtained more than 200 subpoenas and 26 search warrants during the investigation, the MCSO said in a news release.

Detectives reviewed more than 100 individual devices, finding around 17,000 images of suspected child porn. This led to 541 felony arrest warrants for 14 suspects.

Those arrested include:
  • Edwin Aguirre-Pineda, 55 (3 felony charges)
  • Ryan Terryl Barg, 44 (36 felony charges) 
  • Michael John Bibby, 59 (50 felony charges)
  • Riley Burroughs, 19 (50 felony charges)
  • Michael William Blackmore, 64 (50 felony charges)
  • Robert Edelman, 68 (50 felony charges)
  • Walter Raymond Huddleston, 43 (20 felony charges)
  • Raymond Eugene Hudson, 69 (15 felony charges)
  • Seamus Eugene McNeela, 73 (50 felony charges)
  • James Tyler Moschella, 19 (42 felony charges)
  • Christopher Allen Schwartz, 51 (50 felony charges)
  • Sergio Vasquez, 19 (50 felony charges)
  • Parker Alexander Vastag, 23 (50 felony charges)
  • Richard Paul Warno, 73 (25 felony charges)
Huddleston faces additional charges after soliciting an undercover federal agent posing as a minor, MCSO said. “This was discovered after the residential search warrant was conducted at his residence. He was arrested for the local charges, with federal charges pending, upon notification of his continued criminal activity.”

The 13 remaining suspects were arrested Wednesday. Because of their criminal history, the MCSO SWAT team arrested Aguirre-Pineda and Blackmore without incident, the sheriff’s office said.

Schwartz fled to Fort Myers after the search warrant of his residence and MCSO detectives worked with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Myers Police Department to locate him. He was arrested during a traffic stop after he was seen driving over a bridge in Lee County.
Fox News
written by Peter Aitken
Saturday January 23, 2021

A multi-agency human trafficking investigation in Southern California has led to the recovery of 33 missing children, the FBI announced.

At least eight of the children had been sexually exploited, authorities said.

The FBI has seen a spike in human trafficking-related crimes in recent years, with the bureau reporting more than 1,800 pending investigations as of November 2020.

More than two dozen law enforcement agencies and non-governmental agencies participated in "Operation Lost Angels," which began Jan. 11 as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

"The FBI considers human trafficking modern-day slavery, and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims," Assistant FBI Director Kristi K. Johnson said, according to FOX 11 Los Angeles. "While this operation surged resources over a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex trafficking every day of the year and around the clock.

Several of the children returned to commercial sex trafficking after they were located by authorities, either voluntarily or no coercion, requiring authorities to make several interventions.

The operation resulted in the arrest on state charges of one suspected human trafficker and the opening of multiple investigations.

Not all of the children were the victims of severe circumstances, with one child the victim of a noncustodial parental kidnapping, the FBI said.

In 2020, the FBI initiated 664 human trafficking investigations nationwide, making 473 arrests.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or visit https://humantraffickinghotline.org/.

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