At least two Plano men were arrested Monday alongside 13 other suspects in a multi-agency child pornography sting. Richard Butterly, owner of Plano’s Poor Richard’s Café, and Kirk Martinez, a 911 dispatcher for the Plano Police Department, are facing charges of possession of child pornography.
Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner announced the conclusion of Operation Medusa, which resulted in 15 individual arrests for offenses ranging from promotion of child pornography to online solicitation of a minor.
In addition to the arrests, investigators seized hard drives and other electronic devices to be used for forensic examination. Once they have been analyzed, investigators may identify other offenders, which could lead to additional arrests.
The Collin County District Attorney’s office initially has the idea to organize an operation “to identify and arrest child exploitation predators,” said Plano PD spokesman David Tilley, “so the Collin County DA’s office wanted to go to the best person available to make that happen.” The best comes is Plano PD Detective Jeff Rich, who Tilley described as “the expert in this whole area on that.”
With Rich as the spearhead, detectives from surrounding departments were brought into the fold to assist in identifying suspects and eventually executing search warrants and more.
In a press release from DA’s office, Skinner thanked local participating agencies: Allen PD, Collin County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas PD, FBI, Frisco PD, Garland PD, Grand Prairie PD, McKinney PD, Mesquite PD, Murphy PD, Plano PD, Sherman PD, Texas Department of Public Safety, Wylie PD and the United States Attorney’s Office, eastern district.
“Operation Medusa is an excellent example of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working together to bring to justice those predators who seek to harm our children. To be clear, if you traffic or trade in child pornography, or you come to Collin County with the intent to have sex with a child, know that we are hunting for you. We will protect our children,” the release stated.
This investigation is ongoing, so residents can expect more arrests to come moving forward, Tilley said. “We’ve identified 15 and arrested them, but we have more that we are looking into and there is a very good likelihood that additional arrests will be made in the future,” he said.