126 child predators busted in 'Operation Broken Heart'

HOUSTON – The Houston-Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has arrested 126 people in its two-month long investigation into online child predators, the Houston Police Department announced at a press conference Friday morning.

Operation Broken Heart III was a joint-effort that took place in April and May of this year between more than 30 law enforcement agencies on the international, federal, state and local levels.


“The operation targeted predators that were sexually exploiting children on the internet,” Sgt. Richard Han said.

“We conducted several undercover chat sting operations and we targeted people who were actively trading child pornography image and video files.”

Through the operation, Houston-Metro ICAC conducted over 600 investigations, executed 111 search warrants, issued 250 subpoenas and court orders, and conducted 19 community outreach safety presentations with over 1,000 attendees, Han said. 

The goal was to arrest online child predators and raise awareness of internet safety through community outreach programs, Houston officials said.

District Attorney Devon Anderson with the Harris County said officers posed as children online to catch offenders.