“Operation Net Nanny” suspect Jaquail Roberson was apprehended on Aug. 29 after being wanted by the U.S. Marshals-led Western District of Washington Fugitive Task Force, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Washington State Department of Corrections and the Washington State Patrol. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged the 29-year-old with attempted rape of a child in the second degree, communication with a minor for immoral purposes and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.
In late July, the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force conducted an undercover “Operation Net Nanny” in rural Pierce County to target child sex
predators. The operation involved multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies,
with officers posting and responding to advertisements on social media and Internet websites known to cater to sexual encounters. Undercover detectives contacted or responded to men online. The conversations then moved from online to texting. Once it became clear that the men were looking for sex with a child, undercover officers arranged meetings. When the men arrived at the location, troopers arrested them.
Detectives say Roberson responded to a profile posted on a social media site by sending explicit images of himself to the undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl. On July 30, the undercover detective sent Roberson a text message to come to a convenience store that was near her “home.” Investigators say surveillance video from the store shows him wearing a Donald Duck T-shirt. At that point, the task force officer sent him another text with her address. According to court documents, he drove to the house and then texted her to come outside. When the trooper posing as the 13-year-old exited the home, detectives say Roberson sped away at a high rate of speed. He initially pulled over after seeing the flashing lights of a trooper’s vehicle behind him, but then detectives say he took off again and eventually crashed his vehicle and fled on foot.