A multiagency investigation of online child sexual exploitation has led to 12 arrests throughout North Texas in the last three weeks, and investigators say they’ve found at least one previously unidentified victim.


Arrested were: Joel Atmore of Grand Prairie, Stephen Clark of McKinney, Kirby Gowland of Hurst, David Jones of McKinney, Robert Kessler, Tei Kue of Haltom City, Vy Ma of Dallas, James Maraia of Cedar Hill, Christopher Sempe of Hill County and Nicholas Srader. Two juveniles also were taken into custory.


The suspects face a variety of charges, including promotion of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor, Collin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Nick Bristow said.


More than a hundred investigators from 20 local, state and federal agencies participated in a sting dubbed Operation Zeus. They are continuing forensic examinations of electronic devices, which may lead to more arrests, Bristow said.


“If you are transmitting or receiving child pornographic images, or attempting to meet with a child for purposes of sex, be confident in the knowledge that we will soon enough show you the inside of the Collin County jail,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a prepared statement.