‘Heartbreaking’ TCSO sting snares online predators

To get “Operation Heartbreak” into motion, TCSO detectives set up underage decoy accounts, to which adults immediately started to reach out to meet in person for lewd purposes.(Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office nets eight felony arrest through “Operation Heartbreak” detail

TULARE COUNTY – Valentine’s Day didn’t stop Tulare County detectives from breaking some hearts, as a recent special detail dubbed “Operation Heartbreak” revealed a not-so-sweet surprise for online predators attempting to meet up with underage decoys.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit Detectives carried out “Operation Heartbreak” just before Valentine’s Day on Feb. 12-13. Detectives conducted a detail similar to the operations of the television program “To Catch a Predator,” and arrested a total of eight men who showed up to meet the decoy juveniles.

“We will continue to conduct these types of operations in the future for the safety and security of our children in Tulare County,” said the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office via an announcement.

To get the ball rolling on this operation, detectives first set up underage decoy accounts on social media. According to reports, adults immediately started to reach out to these decoys, trying to meet them in person for sexual purposes.

The TCSO Special Victims Unit Detectives carried out “Operation Heartbreak” on Feb. 12-13. (Tulare County Sheriff's Office)

During the sting, the following men were arrested for arranging to meet a child for lewd purposes, a felony offense: Milton Martinez-Rodriguez, 22, of Tulare; Gambino Zacarias Alvarez, 39, of Reedley; Jaden Rodriguez, 18, of Visalia; Eleazar Olivarez, 26, of Hanford; Miguel Rivera, 27, of Porterville; Donavyn Castro Escobedo, 25, of Tulare; Heraclio Nunez Gonzalez, 43, of Visalia; and Luis Rincon Garcia, 26, of Hanford.

“Everyone needs to know that there are predators looking to prey on the innocence of our children,” Sheriff Boudreaux said via the announcement. “We will be vigilant and aggressive in identifying these predators.”

Report crimes and suspicious activity to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218, or anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow Program at 559-725-4194 or [email protected].

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