16 arrested in statewide online child sex sting

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) - The Wisconsin Department of Justice announced Wednesday the arrest of 16 alleged child sex predators and child sex traffickers.

The arrests were part of Operation New Hope, a week-long operation focused on child exploitation and online crimes in Wisconsin.

Law enforcement made arrests in the following counties: Brown, Clark, Columbia, Dane, Eau Claire, Marquette, Outagamie, Rock, Shawano, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Winnebago.

Five of the men arrested were registered sex offenders or had previously been arrested for internet crimes against children.

Charges for those arrested include: possession of child pornography, exposing a child to harmful material, child enticement, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempted sexual lof a child, causing a child to view sexual activity, and trafficking of a child.

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