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FL Sheriff Arrests 27 Child Predators in ‘Operation Valiant Knights’ | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

Local and federal authorities have arrested 27 men involved in child sexual exploitation in Jacksonville County, Florida, and neighboring counties, according to multiple reports. 

Social posts from the Tim Tebow Foundation and its Operation Light Shine initiative state that the Christian-based nonprofit group supported the police operation. 

“These men, arrested during a sting called, ‘Operation Valiant Knights,’ are accused of using the internet to sexually exploit children,” stated the foundation online. “In partnership with Operation Light Shine and the INTERCEPT Task Force, we are grateful that we were able to support this effort to fight child exploitation.”

Among those arrested were a local school maintenance worker and a former Boston Red Sox pitcher, reported Jacksonville Today.

In March, the former NFL star went in front of Congress to plead for more money and resources to help children being exploited online. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in 2022 the nonprofit group received 32 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation.

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“Alongside Operation Light Shine, we are thankful to be able to support five INTERCEPT Task Forces around the country to fight human trafficking and child exploitation just like this undercover sting,” stated the Tim Tebow Foundation post.

The post continued: “Together, we will continue fighting through partnerships across the United States and the globe, so we can bring more children to safety and bring more perpetrators to justice.”

Tebow’s goal, according to the website, is to fight for the MVP, what he calls the ‘Most Vulnerable People.’ While Tebow played football, his focus was on career success. However, after he made a trip to the Philippines, he says God stirred his heart to care for those who can’t speak up for themselves. This includes children being sexually exploited across North America.  

“As the internet provides new and frightening opportunities for predators to victimize our children, our investigators will continue to proactively identify and apprehend child predators,” says Sheriff T.K. Waters in Jacksonville, FL, during a press release. 

Josh Shepherd contributed to this article, which was originally published at CHVN Radio.

Sylvia St. Cyr is an on-air radio host at CHVN, a Christian outlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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