Kitsap County – Nineteen dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Kitsap County were
removed from the streets, thanks to a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and
several partner agencies.
Dubbed “Operation Net Nanny,” this is the 16th operation spearheaded by the WSP’s Missing and
Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF), an Internet Crimes Against Children affiliate. Since the original
operation in August 2015, MECTF has netted a total of 271 arrests and rescued more than 31 children
across the state.
MECTF’s primary mission is to proactively target those persons involved in child abuse and child
exploitation via the internet. “This operation is aimed at protecting our vulnerable children. We will not rest
in our efforts to make Washington communities safer and appreciate our partners in this important work”
says WSP Chief John R. Batiste.
From July 25, 2019 to July 29, 2019, undercover law enforcement officers used various websites on the
internet and phone applications to communicate with people interested in having sex with children. The
operation generated hundreds of responses. The would-be perpetrators who were arrested during the
operation traveled to meet with the undercover detectives posing as underage girls and boys with the
intent to engage in sexual activity with children as young as six years old.