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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Operation ‘Safe Summer’ Targets Internet Predators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
June 30, 2017

Contact: 
Kraig Troxell, Public Information Officer, 703-771-5278
[email protected]

Alex Kowalski, Public Information Officer, 703-777-0625
[email protected]    
                                             
Operation ‘Safe Summer’ Targets Internet Predators

Loudoun County- The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Fairfax County Police Department, the FBI Washington Field Office Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, the Northern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force (ICAC) and its affiliated member agencies in June to conduct a joint operation targeting internet predators called Operation Safe Summer.

As part of ongoing online investigations on suspects identified through proactive operations, the suspects arrested during the investigation resided, or planned on traveling to, Loudoun County. The suspects were seeking to engage in criminal sexual activity with a person whom they believed to be a juvenile. 

Arrested during the operation were:

•Hatim Abdelrahman, 22, of Reston for communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact and attempted indecent liberties.
 Abdelrahman was taken into custody by the Fairfax County Police Department. 

•Arthur L. Berrier, 62, of Ashburn for two counts of communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact and attempted indecent liberties. Berrier was taken into custody by the Fairfax County Police Department.

•Ian M. Florance, 34, of Falls Church for communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact and attempted indecent liberties. Florance remains held on no bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

•Jack D. Guard Jr., 54, of Ashburn, for two counts of communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact. Guard was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. 

•Jeremy M. Hawkins, 26, of Point of Rocks, MD, for two counts of communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact. Hawkins was released on a $5,000 secured bond from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. 

•Rajender Mahavadi, 36, of Sterling, for two counts of communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact. Mahavadi is currently being held on no bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. 

•Bhanu C. Muddam, 28, of McLean for three counts of communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact. Muddam is currently being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.
 
•Anishkumar Patel, 44, of Fairfax for communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact and attempted indecent liberties. Patel was taken into custody by the Fairfax County Police Department.

•Nathaniel C. Sams, 33, of Sterling for communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact and attempted indecent liberties. Sams remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

•Avinash S. Thakoorie, 24, of Chantilly for communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact and two counts of attempted indecent liberties. Thakoorie was taken into custody by the Fairfax County Police Department.

•James A. Zientek, 46, of Centreville for one count of communication with a minor under the age of 15 for the purpose of sexual contact. Zientek is currently held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. 

“Operation Safe Summer and similar operations conducted by Loudoun Sheriff’s detectives and our partners with the ICAC Task Force make Loudoun County safer from internet predators,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman.   

The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit encourages parents to monitor your child’s activity on all technological devices and report any suspicious online encounters by calling 703-777-1021.
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