First, police have targeted online chat rooms and social networking websites in an attempt to cut down on the online solicitation of minors.Usually, an officer will troll internet chat rooms/websites pretending to be a young teen/pre-teen interested in sex with an older suspect.About 10 minutes after Quinn arrived in the room, and after he had had a beer, chat and a Toy Story cupcake with the strangers, an undercover agent posing as a pimp came to the door and said "money time", according to the criminal complaint."Quinn, clearly remembering the previous discussions where he had been told the price would be $US250 to sodomise the boy for approximately an hour, he pulled out his money and gave the pimp $US260," Aaron Mc Clellan, a special agent for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, wrote in the complaint."After Quinn paid the pimp, law enforcement came into the room and arrested everyone."Quinn was the target of a meticulous operation by undercover agents from ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit.
Michael Quinn, an avid rugby union player from Melbourne, embarked on a US adventure last week with some of his teammates.
They began the trip with a stay at a Hollywood Hills home, then planned to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Bingham Cup, a global rugby tournament honouring September 11 hero and pioneer of gay rugby clubs, Mark Bingham. He is locked up in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Centre, charged with attempted child sex trafficking, and faces the prospect of life in the US federal prison system without the prospect of parole.
Special agent Kelly Kottas, group supervisor of the HSI-led task force, said Quinn was stunned when authorities burst into the room and told him he was under arrest."He was shocked and very nervous," Agent Kottas said.
Quinn was charged with attempted sex trafficking of a minor, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of life without parole.
If a solicitation is made, the electronic/IP “address” of the solicitor is traced and an investigation begins.
A second method of investigation involves officers entering chat rooms and waiting until the conversation becomes sexual.
The arrest of the 27-year-old Shawn Archbold is the latest in a series of investigations into officer behavior at the 169-officer agency.
A firm but candid Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs talked directly about the recent incidents along with today's arrest, vowing to move the agency forward in changing its internal culture."This is something I take very seriously," said Mimbs, surrounded by eight ranking staff members during a press conference in front of the department headquarters "It violates public trust and will not be tolerated.
Then, the officer expresses interest in obtaining child pornography and waits to see if someone sends them illegal material or requests child pornography in return.