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'Net Nanny' operation leads to 15 arrests, including Rochester man

The Chronicle - 11/14/2023

Nov. 13—A multi-agency operation identifying subjects allegedly involved in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children has led to 15 recent arrests, the Washington State Patrol announced Monday.

The initial operation conducted in Longview at the end of October resulted in 11 arrests, and an extension of that operation conducted in Renton on Nov. 9 resulted in four additional arrests, according to the state patrol.

"I'm proud of the deputy prosecuting attorneys in my office who worked diligently to assist in this important operation to crack down on individuals who are online trying to victimize our youth," Cowlitz County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen said. "I was very impressed with the large-scale operation conducted by the Washington State Patrol, its partner agencies from throughout the state, and our local agencies that contributed resources, including the Longview Police Department, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office and the Kelso Police Department."

Dubbed "Operation Net Nanny," the operation was the 21st operation spearheaded by the Washington State Patrol'sMissing and Exploited Children Task Force, an affiliate of Internet Crimes Against Children, according to a news release.

"There is no greater cause than protecting the children of our community," said Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. "Proactive efforts such as these operations carried out by such a dedicated group of individuals have a ripple effect, protecting countless vulnerable and innocent victims.

The Missing and Exploited Children Task Force's primary mission during Operation Net Nanny is to proactively target persons involved in child abuse and child exploitation via the internet, according to a news release.

Washington State Patrol has identified the 11 subjects arrested in Longview in October as:

Theodore Dodge, 53, Brewster

Brandon Head, 26, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Aaron Henderson, 31, Olympia

Braxton Hood, 23, Longview

Justin Gardner, 38, Olympia

Nikolay Migorodskiy, 35, Kelso

Robert Murray, 29, Lake Forest Park

Pedro Romero-Rivera, 35, Rochester

Travis Saban, 49, Vancouver,

Phillip Thomas, 43, Puyallup

Oleem Tipikin, 30, Molalla, Oregon

The state patrol identified the four individuals arrested in Renton in November as:

Alec Bagley, 31, Renton

Christopher Doyle, 54, Burien

Reinaldo Cuadrado Jr., 22, Seattle

Christopher Johnson, 34, Seattle

The Washington State Patrol asks anyone with information related to the suspects or information leading to the identity of victims possibly involved in the cases to contact the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force at mectf@wsp.wa.gov.

The primary crimes being investigated are:

Attempted first-degree rape of a child

Attempted second-degree rape of a child

Attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor

Communication with a minor for immoral purposes

Sexual exploitation of a minor

Possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct

The collaborative effort involved over 50 law enforcement officers, agents and staff, from 15 separate agencies, according to a news release.

Though not detailed in the Monday news release, in the past, Net Nanny operations have included undercover detectives posing online children with profiles and posted advertisements on several websites. Those arrested have in the past attempted to meet with the undercover agents.

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