The group agreed to meet with undercover detectives who posed online to target people interested in sexually exploiting children.
Six people have been charged with sexual crimes against children after authorities said the suspects made arrangements to exploit children online with undercover detectives, state authorities said.
The Washington State Patrol said authorities arrested the suspects following a large-scale operation in Snohomish County that ended Sunday, after the group agreed to meet with detectives who posed online to target individuals interested in sexually exploiting children.
The operation generated hundreds of responses and uncovered evidence of at least three child victims, according to state authorities.
Authorities arrested the six for investigation of crimes including child rape, commercial sex abuse of a minor, sex abuse of a minor and child pornography.
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Information on the genders and ages of those arrested was not immediately available.
The Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force oversaw the operation, which included federal and county agencies, such as the FBI, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the state Attorney General’s Office.