Former HPD sergeant, HCSO deputy among those arrested in child predator sting

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston police announced Tuesday that a former Houston police sergeant and a former Harris County sheriff's deputy were among those arrested after a months-long investigation into online sexual exploitation of children.

Multiple agencies were part of the three-month-long effort called Operation Broken Heart, which led to 60 arrests and 152 charges across eight southeast Texas counties.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that 44-year-old Stephen McGee, a former Houston police sergeant, was arrested for stalking and for five counts of possession of child erotica.

In March, McGee was accused of making a fake Facebook account to post nude photos of an ex-girlfriend. He also allegedly tracked her cell phone and harassed her at an unknown location in Harris County.

McGee left HPD in October 2016.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force also arrested former Harris County sheriff's deputy Donald Dehnert. Dehnert, 46, is facing three counts of child pornography.

He was taken into custody in March after prosecutors say he admitted to having child pornography on a flash drive. Two of the images were of nude children under the age of two years old. The other photo was a girl who appeared to be between six and eight years old.

According to Acevedo, the former deputy also admitted that he wanted to meet a female victim while armed with an AR-15, so he could sexually assault and rob her.

Dayton ISD teacher Joshua Janecka, 31, was arrested on child pornography and promotion of child pornography charges as part of the operation.

Janecka was working as a music teacher for an elementary school in the district.

"Most important to me is getting these criminals, these victimizers off of our streets and bringing them to justice," Acevedo said.

Authorities say the operation targeted suspects who produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography. Officials also focused on the sex trafficking of children in Houston.
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