(InformingNews.com) – According to RAINN, 66% of underage sexual assault victims are between 12 and 17. Even more startling is one in nine girls under age 18 will experience sexual abuse. To help crush the statistics, law enforcement conducts operations to catch predators who wish to harm children.
In September 2021, an undercover FBI sting had an agent pose as a 12-year-old girl. Soon after, 40-year-old Vikash Mishra began a relationship with the fake child, where he sent sexually explicit materials. Eventually, the pair set up a meeting near an Allegheny County park, which ended with officers taking Mishra into custody. The man admitted to agents that he planned to have sexual contact with the 12-year-old.
Allegheny County man arrested after FBI says he tried to meet girl for sex in a local park https://t.co/R8q7XmOGLd
— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) March 1, 2022
The sting operation is part of the FBI’s operations to catch child predators. They commonly portray themselves as underage children on social media, and perpetrators will come to them, sharing explicit materials, exchanging messages and often asking to meet up, as what happened in this case.
During his online conversations with an agent, he believed was a young girl, the predator insisted they continue communicating over the social media platform’s messaging system because he believed they could delete the conversations. He had his first court appearance on February 28 before a federal judge.
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