A Eufaula, Ala., man is one of nine suspected child predators arrested in a two-month investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Anthony Andrew Tew, 67, was charged with two counts each of possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography. Tew is held in the Barbour County Jail on bonds totaling $60,000, authorities said Saturday.
-Across the nation, 61 Crimes Against Children Task Forces made 1,140 arrests and served 1,831 search warrants. The arrests were the result of coordinated efforts by more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Operation Broklen Heart II was designed to arrest as many child predators as possible to promote Internet safety education. Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said the task force and authorities set out to locate and arrest predators who use digital media and devices to prey on children. “Operation Broken Heart II is a true testament to the efforts of law enforcement to protect our children, and it should serve as a warning to other individuals who may be involved in such crimes,” he said.
The task force concentrated on suspects who possess, manufacturer and distribute child pornography and engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes. They also focused on those who engage in commercial sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism which includes traveling for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children.
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Other arrests in Alabama occurred in Ardmore, Hoover, Decatur, Rainbow City, Falkville, Odenville, Mobile and Citronelle. ----