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More than 30 accused of child pornography

More than 30 people in California have been arrested in connection with sex crimes. A sting operation was conducted and led to the arrests of 32 alleged child predators. One of the men accused of engaging in child pornography is a city planning commissioner, who has since resigned from his position.

The sting operation involved several law enforcement agencies. These agencies include a sheriff's office and a city police department, as well as a not-for-profit operation known as Underground Railroad. According to authorities, the arrests that took place were part of an operation that was resource intensive and lasted several months.

Police attempted to catch child predators by posting Facebook profiles featuring children, as well as ads on the site Craigslist. All of the people who were caught thought they had been in communicating with children and sent graphic pictures to those whom they believed to be girls between the ages of 9 and 14, along with one 13-year-old boy. The internet communication turned into phone communication, followed by in-person meetings, at which point the alleged perpetrators were arrested.

Just because a person in California has been accused of child pornography or other sex crimes does not mean he or she is immediately guilty. He or she is always presumed innocent unless prosecutors can prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that exists in an effort to protect innocent people from being convicted of crimes they did not commit. The criminal defense will strive for the most personally beneficial outcome for a defendant in light of the circumstances and work to protect his or her rights during the criminal proceedings.

Source: breitbart.com, "32 Child Predators Arrested in Sutter County Sex Sting", Chriss W. Street, Aug. 6, 2016

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