The program was called “Operation Day Care” and was helmed by the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, but involved more than 30 officers from other agencies like the Seattle Police Department, Tacoma Police, FBI and Homeland Security.
Operation Day Care focused on capturing suspects involved in two crimes: attempted rape of child in the second degree, and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Four men have been arrested and are accused of sexual predation targeting children in Pierce County.
WSP identified the four arrested in the operation as:
- Andrew Sapier, 52, of Seattle
- Bruce Dietzen, 52, of Tacoma
- Joel Cruz-Rizo, 22, of Bonney Lake
- Cesar Rosales, 34, of Tacoma
“The hard work by the dedicated professionals to locate and arrest individuals whose sole purpose was to cause harm to children is a testament to their commitment to diligently serve the public in their efforts to protect the children of our state,” said Captain Mike Edwards,commander of the Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “The Washington State ICAC Task Force (WA ICAC TF) is founded on these principals and we are privileged to have these dedicated public servants working on all of our behalf. The work does not end now that this operation is over but rather it encourages all members of the WA ICAC TF to continue the extremely difficult but necessary work that is being done each and every day.”
The task force has been running similar operations since 2015, which they say have now captured a total 292 child abuse suspects and rescued 31 children from across the state.
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