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Police in Virginia have arrested 20 people in an undercover operation targeting online child predators. 

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli provided legal counsel during the week-long sting operation and says the difficult work was less tedious once the state's two Internet Crimes Against Children task forces and other agencies collaborated for the first time. 

Crimes against children are rampant across the U.S., and Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Steve Flaherty says the suspects show why there's an aggressive effort to catch Internet sexual predators. 

"There were hundreds of files," he says, describing one Fairfax County case. "Now, I'm not talking about just images. Hundreds of files of images, so thousands and thousands of images, that were on this individual's equipment from his personal computer to his cell phone."

Despite budgetary constraints, the Virginia ICAC units are among the most aggressive and advanced in the U.S., according to Cuccinelli. 

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