U.S. Marshals announced the rescue of 8 “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana over the weekend, bringing their total children rescued in Operation Homecoming to 72. “From August 31- September 4, federal investigators coordinated with IMPD and NCMEC to recover eight highly endangered missing children resulting in one arrest ofContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is reporting the arrest of five individuals upon completion of two undercover human trafficking investigations on Thursday. In addition, a true human trafficking victim being was rescued in the actions. On December 4, 2019, detectives came in contact with an 18-year-old human trafficking victim duringContinue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Vice Unit conducted a special investigation known as “Operation Santa’s Naughty List” over six days where undercover detectives identified and helped victims of human trafficking who might be forced into prostitution.  Assisting PCSO in the operation which began on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, were officers fromContinue Reading

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Sean Patrick Farrelly (47, Palm Coast) with sex trafficking of a minor girl. If convicted, Farrelly faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison. According to theContinue Reading

Bryan Matthew Cooney (30, Casselberry) has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Cooney faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. According to court records, from September 19, 2018 through September 27, 2018, Cooney chatted with an FBI undercoverContinue Reading

Hillsborough County detectives charged a Tampa man for running a human trafficking, prostitution ring at the La Quinta Inn near the Florida State Fairgrounds. Brandon Jackson, 30, has been arrested for holding a 32-year-old woman against her will, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. “Jackson was discovered hiding in a lockedContinue Reading