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Child Predator Sting Busts 20 In Virginia

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A collaborative law enforcement effort called "Project Phalanx" resulted in the capture of 20 individuals in Virginia and 20 cases outside of the state.
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A collaborative law enforcement effort called "Project Phalanx" resulted in the capture of 20 individuals in Virginia and 20 cases outside of the state.

Police have arrested 20 people from across the Commonwealth in an undercover sting targeting online child predators. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other officials touted the the results.

Arrests were made in Bedford, Fairfax, Prince William, Virginia Beach, Richmond and Loudoun. Charges include online solicitation of a minor and distribution of child pornography.

Another 20 cases have been referred for investigation and prosecution outside of Virginia. The referrals involve cooperation among Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces and similar task forces across the country, as well as law enforcement agencies in Australia and France.

The weeklong operation was conducted in 2011.

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