A 29-year-old Mountlake Terrace resident was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Thursday, Dec. 15 for sexual exploitation of minors after a search warrant was served at his residence and evidence was seized.
Mountlake Terrace police officers assisted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with serving the warrant at the residence in the in the 4300 block of 236th St. S.W. at 6 a.m. Thursday. Homeland Security had obtained the warrant and collected evidence. The Mountlake Terrace Police Department provided logistical assistance.
Police detained and interviewed three people, and evidence was seized. An investigation is ongoing by Homeland Security.
“It’s their case at this point,” Asst. Police Chief Pete Caw said.
The City of Mountlake Terrace Police Department recently formed a partnership with the local Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The ICAC Task Force is managed by the Seattle Police Department and includes several partner agencies from local law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
ICAC investigates crimes such as communication with a minor for immoral purposes, sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Depending on the depth of the investigation, cases can be prosecuted at the federal or state level.