Nailing Preditors One At A Time

77 arrested in statewide cyber sting of child sexual predators; two are from Boynton Beach, one from Jensen Beach and one from Port St. Lucie

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

A statewide cyber sting announced Tuesday netted dozens of arrests of men who trolled the Internet for child pornography.

The 77 arrests round out a 10-week statewide effort dubbed Operation Orange Tree involving 23 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies targeting some of the worst cybercrime offenders.

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Among those facing charges are: Boynton Beach residents Timothy J. Elliott, 21, and Eric C. Super, 31; 46-year-old Jensen Beach resident Timothy D. Orman, who is also a registered sex offender; and Port St. Lucie resident Graham D. Widmann, 26.

All four were arrested on charges of child pornography possession, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

According to the Florida sex offender registry, Orman’s prior conviction was for a California charge involving a victim younger than 14.

Operation Orange Tree was announced during a Tuesday morning press conference attended by state Attorney General Bill McCollum, Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey and John Walsh, host of the television show America’s Most Wanted.

The sting nabbed four registered sex offenders. Seventeen of those arrested had a highly explicit video tutorial on how to molest children, officials said.

Investigators were also able to help five victims, including one teen who said she had been abused for the past decade.

“Florida is enhancing and fine-tuning the way we go about investigating these cyber predators,” Bailey said. “This should send a loud and clear message that our tactics and technologies will be aggressive and will always catch up with those who trade images of children being sexually violated.”

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