BOISE, Idaho — Five men have been arrested and all been charged with enticing a child through use of the internet following a joint operation led by the Department of Homeland Security, with assistance from the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
Three men from Washington and two men from northern Idaho were arrested during the sting, dubbed Operation Lonely Heart.
Thomas R. Cartwright, 54, of Post Falls, Idaho and Richard Peterson, 24, of Rathdrum, Idaho were arrested with 54-year-old Carl Ness and 37-year-old Tyrel Clark of Spokane, and Kilian Hoyne, 20, of Spokane Valley on Friday and Saturday.
All five men were booked into the Kootenai County Jail.
"It's a sad reality that this type of crime exists, but thanks to law enforcement's cooperative efforts, we are able to push back against sexual predators who wish to victimize young people," Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a statement. "Children in the region are safer today as a result of Operation Lonely Heart."
Over 60 police officers, federal agents and investigators were involved in the operation.