5 Missing Teens Rescued, 30 Sex Offenders Arrested During Sting Operation

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Five missing and endangered teenage girls were found and 30 sex offenders were arrested in a sweeping, monthslong operation in the New Orleans area, authorities said.

Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service New Orleans Task Force, the New Orleans Police Department and the Louisiana State Police, participated in “Operation Boo Dat” from mid-October to Dec. 24.

The operation resulted in the rescue of the teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Two of the recovered girls were sisters, ages 15 and 16, who “may be victims of adult(s) felony criminal sexual activities,” the agency said in the release. They were found at an apartment in Baton Rouge with assistance from the USMS Middle District of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Police Department, according to the release.

Of the 30 arrests, 17 were charged with felony sex offender registration violations.

The operation included the arrest of Lorenzo Oliver, a Tier 3 Sex offender — the most serious classification. He was arrested in connection with the alleged first-degree rape of a 12-year-old girl in an abandoned residence, according to a December 2021 felony warrant from the New Orleans Police Department.

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