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State Police arrest 32 on child pornography charges in ‘Operation Corral’

A statewide sweep by State Police last week led to the arrests of 32 people on child pornography possession and distribution charges.

State Police said today that troopers executed 56 search warrants between April 2 and April 6 in a crackdown dubbed “Operation Corral’’ that resulted in arrests in East Boston, Stockbridge, New Bedford, Harwich, and Oak Bluffs, among other places.

“Our work is not done. It will never be done as long as even one child suffers the horrible trauma of sexual exploitation,’’ Colonel Marian McGovern, commander of the State Police, said in a statement.

She said the arrests should send a signal to child pornographers that Massachusetts is not a safe haven. She said she wanted to send a “stern message to those who prey on these children and support the evil trade that exploits them — we will never stop coming after you, day after day after day.’’

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Drawing on evidence developed by 21 law enforcement agencies, the sweep focused on individuals who had connections to peer-to-peer sites used by child pornographers to share images.

The crackdown drew on investigations by federal agencies like the Secret Service and Homeland Security Investigations, as well as local agencies like the Boston police department, which arrested three suspects.

“Law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth will be relentless and diligent in our efforts to hold accountable the most disturbing and perverse of suspects who attempt to operate and evade authorities under a cloak of technology while victimizing our most vulnerable population,’’ Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said in a statement.

The investigative leads were pieced together by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of the Boston field office of Homeland Security Investigations, which is a directorate of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement, “We stopped predators in their tracks, and the security of Massachusetts’s children is better off for it.’’

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