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From July 8, 2019 through July 12, 2019, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office conducted “Operation Athena”. This operation directly targeted those who utilize the internet to prey upon our children and traffic in child pornography.

Investigators from 12 different federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies participated in Operation Athena and their dedicated efforts produced outstanding results. A total of 19 individuals were arrested. Three of these individuals were charged with Online Solicitation of a Minor and the others were charged with Possession of Child Pornography.

Investigators executed numerous search and arrest warrants during Operation Athena and seized a large quantity of electronic devices utilized by these criminals to commit their crimes. These devices will undergo further forensic examination and additional arrests are expected.

Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner stated, “The protection of our children continues to be one of my top priorities.

This type of operation wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation that exists among all federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in North Texas and the investigators who work tirelessly to root out this evil.”

The Collin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation Athena: Wylie Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, Homeland Security Investigations, Collin County Child Protective Investigations, Carrollton Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Farmers Branch Police Department, Frisco Police Department, Grapevine Police Department, Child Advocacy Center of Collin County, and Collin County District Attorney’s Office.

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