ICE Arrests 5,000th Predator
(ICE) — More than 5,000 individuals have been arrested as part
of the ICE’s “Operation Predator” initiative launched
just 20 months ago.
Secretary Michael Garcia, second from right, is joined by
U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.),
left, Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), second from left, and
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), right, during the announcement
that ICE’s arrests of predators have reached 5,000.
Secretary Michael Garcia announced the milestone in an event held
at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 5. He was joined
in the announcement by U.S. Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee
(D-Texas), Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
results are unprecedented in law enforcement,” said Garcia.
“Whether the criminal is a U.S. citizen who thinks they
can travel overseas to molest children, a pornographer who trades
in images of child sexual abuse, or a foreign national who has
lost the privilege to remain in the United States because of a
crime against a child, ICE will identify, arrest, and, where possible,
individual arrested was Ukrainian national Mikhail Kleyman, a
68-year-old Solon, Ohio, resident. In July 2004, police officers
responded to a report that an adult male had inappropriately touched
a 13-year-old mentally challenged girl at a community swimming
pool. Two people witnessed the incident and officers arrested
Kleyman at the scene.
On Dec. 15,
2004, Kleyman was convicted of attempted gross sexual imposition
and sentenced to probation. Subsequently, ICE agents arrested
Kleyman and began the process to deport him. Kleyman is currently
in ICE custody.
Predator evolved out of ICE’s mission to find and deport
illegal aliens — particularly those with criminal records —
and reflects the agency’s traditional public safety mission.
But in addition to cases like Kleyman’s of foreign nationals
whose crimes render them deportable, Operation Predator also targets
those who commit other crimes of exploitation against children,
including human traffickers, international sex tourists and Internet
is,” Garcia said, “only through the teamwork and resolve
of state, local and international law enforcement and organizations
like the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,
World Vision, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
that we have been able to successfully pursue those who view cyberspace
as another playground to stalk.”
The top 10
states for Predator arrests, in alphabetical order, are Arizona
(185), California (1,317), Colorado (125), Florida (189), Illinois
(209), Michigan (128), Minnesota (147), New Jersey (369), New
York (317) and Texas (448).
Predator arrests fall into four general categories: Foreign National
Child Predators; International Child Sex Tourists; Human Smuggling
And Trafficking Of Children; and Internet Child Pornography.
information about Operation Predator is available on the Web at
ICE encourages the reporting of suspected child predators and
any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.
Investigators staff this hotline around the clock.
child sexual exploitation or missing children may also be reported
to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an
Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.