ICAC Task Force Arrests Nine Child Predators
MONTGOMERY – The 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces across the nation — including the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) ICAC Task Force — in April launched a two-month joint effort called Operation Broken Heart II, resulting in the arrest of nine child predators in Alabama and the seizure of numerous digital devices containing child pornography.
A coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, Operation Broken Heart II was designed to arrest as many child predators as possible and to promote Internet safety education and outreach. Nationwide, there were 1,140 arrests and 1,831 search warrants served.
“ALEA’s ICAC Task Force set out to locate and arrest predators who use digital media and devices to prey on children,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. “Operation Broken Heart II is a true testament to the efforts of law enforcement to protect our children, and it should serve as a warning to other individuals who may be involved in such crimes.”
Members of ICAC Task Force concentrated on offenders who possess, manufacturer and distribute child pornography; engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution); and engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children). Task force members also focused on Internet safety education.
Nationally, there were 2,219 presentations and 240 public events. In Alabama, 14 presentations were made with more than 2,500 attendees and two public events that reached approximately 400 people.
Those arrested during Operation Broken Heart II were:
- Richard Bryant, 60, of Ardmore was charged with one count of Failure to Provide Required Registration Information and booked into the Limestone County Jail.
- Michael Brandon, 37, of Hoover was charged with one count Possession of Child Pornography and one count Dissemination of Child Pornography and booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
- David Adam Knight, 35, of Decatur was charged with one count Failure to Provide Required Registration Information and was booked into the Morgan County Jail.
- Darren Venable, 26, of Rainbow City was charged with three counts Possession of Child Pornography and was booked into the Etowah County Jail.
- Anthony Andrew Tew, 67, of Eufaula was charged with two counts Possession of Child Pornography and two counts Dissemination of Child Pornography and was booked into the Barbour County Jail.
- David Vance Kaiser, 55, of Falkville was charged with one count Failure to Provide Required Registration Information and was booked into the Morgan County Jail.
- Danny Carl Oliver Sr., 61, of Odenville was charged with one count Dissemination of Child Pornography and four counts of Possession of Child Pornography and was booked into the St. Clair County Jail.
- Brenson Forrest Humphreys, 29, of Mobile was charged with one count Transmitting Obscene Material to a Child By Computer, one count Electronic Solicitation of a Child and four counts Possession with Intent to Disseminate Obscene Matter Containing Visual Depiction of Persons Under 17 Years of Age Involved in Obscene Acts and was booked and was booked into the Mobile County Jail.
- Sam Wesley Conaway, 47, of Citronelle was charged with three counts Possession of Child Pornography and was booked in the Mobile County Jail.
Nothing further is available as investigations continue..