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Fifteen people, including 12 from Yakima, were arrested as part of an undercover sting that targeted people looking online to have sex with children.

The arrests were part of “Operation Net Nanny,” a joint operation between federal, state and local agencies, including the FBI, Washington State Patrol, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and the Yakima and Union Gap police departments, according to a State Patrol news release.

Locally, people in Yakima, Union Gap, White Swan, Naches and Sunnyside were arrested as part of the operation, the release said.

Operation Net Nanny investigated allegations of child rape, commercial sex abuse of a minor, communicating with minors for immoral purposes and sexual exploitation of minors.


Every day Yakima Police officers respond to hundreds of calls, and here you can see details of the last 30 days of incidents.

Editor's note: The Yakima Herald-Republic does not publish suspects' names until after charges are filed.

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How much crime happens in your town?

We used the latest crime rate data from the FBI to illustrate how much crime happens in every part of the Yakima Valley.

First, select a Yakima County law enforcement agency from the left drop down menu. Then select a type of crime from the right menu to see how your town compares.

Crimes reported

Crime rate per 100,000 people

Washington State Rate

United States Rate

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Crime rates are reported as the number of incidents known of by law enforcement per 100,000 people living in the jurisdiction.
1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.