A law enforcement operation in the New Orleans area led to the discovery of five missing teenagers and 30 sex offender arrests, authorities announced.
The US Marshals Service revealed in a press release that in an annual multi-agency initiative dubbed “Operation Boo Dat,” conducted between mid-October and Dec. 24, 17 of the arrests were of those accused of felony sex offender registration violations. All five of the found teenagers were girls ranging between the ages of 14 and 17, according to the news release.
US Marshals said Monday that among the arrests were one of a man wanted for raping 12-year-old girl victim in an abandoned home on the West Bank of New Orleans. Another man was arrested for an alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old girl in June in San Patricio County, Texas, according to the US Marshals.