PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Four alleged sexual predators are off the streets of Pierce County after a two-day operation involving the Washington State Patrol and other agencies.
The Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children Task Force conducted the “Operation Day Care,” which is similar to the 18 Net Nanny Operations that have led to 292 arrests and rescued more than 31 children across Washington since 2015.
More than 30 officers, agents and staff members from the Seattle and Tacoma police departments, Washington State Patrol, FBI, Homeland Security and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office led to the success of the operation.
The primary focus of the MECTF is to target individuals involved in child abuse and child exploitation over the internet.
“While the internet is a powerful tool for our nation, criminals using it to target our communities necessitates a need for proactive investigations by our troopers and law enforcement partners in order to combat these horrible crimes,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. He added, “This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children and making communities safer.”
The crimes investigated by the task force included rape of a child and communications with a minor for immoral purposes.
According to a news release from the Washington State Patrol, the names of the arrested individuals are:
- Andrew Sapier, of Seattle, 52
- Bruce Dietzen, of Tacoma, 52
- Joel Cruz-Rizo, of Bonney Lake, 22
- Cesar Rosales, of Tacoma, 34