Four “dangerous predators” were arrested and an at-risk juvenile who was the victim of sex trafficking was recovered during an operation in DuPont Thursday by the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Suspects from as far away as Tumwater came to meet with who they thought were juveniles with the intent to commit sex acts. Detectives posed as juveniles, and no children were used during the operation, according to the state patrol. The operation was carried out at a local hotel.
A victim of human trafficking was recovered during the operation, though additional details were not included in a press release.
Arrested were Zachary Gililung, 32, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Jared Greenwald, 26, of Olympia; Michael Regan, 34, of Tumwater; and James Victorino, 63, of Lacey.
“While DuPont is a safe community, we are not naive to the fact that being situated along the I-5 corridor brings with it transient crime, to include human trafficking and child predators,” DuPont Police Chief Douglas Newman said. “The safety of our children and citizens is our number one priority, and we want to send a message to anyone who is thinking of victimizing the innocent: Don’t come to DuPont to hurt our kids or our community.”
Members of Nisqually Public Safety were among those involved in executing the operation, which also included assists from the DuPont Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, Homeland Security, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Division, the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.