ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Abilene police assisted in the arrest of 12 suspects connected to online child sex crimes and prostitution.
Chief Stan Standridge says the Abilene Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit recently helped DPS, the FBI and the Midland Police Department with a 2-day undercover operation targeting online predators and human traffickers.
The operation resulted in the arrest of 8 Online Solicitation of a Minor Suspects from 12 different cases and 4 suspects with ties to human trafficking were arrested from 5 different cases.
Authorities were also able to identify two teens who had been engaging in online prostitution since they were minors.
Earlier this week, a custodian at Madison Middle School was arrested after allegedly using SnapChat to groom multiple pre-teen victims before sexually assaulting one on campus.
During a press conference following the arrest of Mario Gomez, 20, Chief Standridge urged parents to monitor their children's online and social media activity.
At least one parent heeded that warning and discovered possible criminal activity involving a 19-year-old suspect while going through her daughter's phone and other electronic devices.
Police are now investigating that case for the online correspondence and possible sexual assault.
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