He allegedly wanted to keep girls in cages and kidnap children, police say. Now, a suspected child predator is facing felony charges along with 50 other accused predators, after a massive sex sting operation carried out by Texas authorities.
ABC reports that the Internet Crimes Against Children carried out the undercover Operation Broken Heart sting operation from April until May, leading to 51 arrests, mostly after suspects were allegedly caught chatting online with who they thought were children and arranging to meet them. Charges against the suspects included child pornography, online solicitation and child trafficking.
Some of the suspects arrested were public employees, according to police.
One of the suspects, identified as 26-year old Christopher Lakner, is accused of arranging to meet a 14-year-old after chatting online. Unbeknownst to Lakner, an undercover detective was posing as a teen girl while chatting with him.
Lackner allegedly said he wanted to kidnap girls, put them in cages, and force them to get pregnant. He tried to enlist the help of the 14-year-old he thought he was talking to, according to Houston police. The suspect reportedly ask her to kidnap children from parks so he could “breed them,” ABC 13 reports.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 27, 2019
“During chats, he tried to convince undercover personnel he thought was a teenage girl to help kidnap children from area parks, breed them to make babies,” said Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen added.
Lakner was arrested when he arrived to a meeting location, thinking he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl. He’s been charged with solicitation of a minor and child pornography possession.
According to Sgt. Luis Menedez-Sierra of Houston police, another suspect “traveled all the way from California here to Houston, where he met his victim and sexually assaulted her.”
Meanwhile, Lackney hired attorney Brian Roberts to defend him. The lawyer told ABC News that Lackney’s rights were violated and that he still hasn’t received the reported evidence.
“But more importantly the comments that Constable Rosen made exceeded widely what is appropriate for a law enforcement officer to say publicly. The statement that he made is not public information, and so he has a duty not to disclose it. More importantly those statements are a violation of my client’s constitutional and civil rights. They may deprive him of his right to a fair trial.”
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[Feature Photo: Christopher Lackner/Harris County Constable Precinct 1]