Sex crime suspects rounded up as part of Operation Worcester Safety Net, a yearlong investigation by the Worcester County Sherriff’s Office will begin filtering into court this month.
The operation began in December 2013 under the auspices of the Worcester County Commissioners signing a deal with the Maryland State Police. The results and indeed the existence of Operation Worcester Safety Net were revealed on Jan. 22.
The arrangement made the sheriff’s office an affiliate of the federally managed Internet Crimes Against Children task force and part of a national network of local law enforcement agencies dedicated to catching sexual crimes committed by internet users.
ICAC task forces follow up on leads from various local law enforcement agencies as well as tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tips are gathered using various social media websites, Internet Service Providers, cell phone companies and specialized apps.