Two Sonoma County men among 246 arrested in U.S. child porn sweep

Two Sonoma County men were arrested in a pornography distribution sweep by federal agents, Immigration and Customs officials reported.

The men were among 246 adults arrested throughout the country.

Terrance Tate, 41, of Rohnert Park and Ruben Shells, 27, of Sebastopol were two of five Bay Area suspects, officials said. They were arrested on suspicion of child pornography distribution and possession.

Further details of their arrests were unavailable Monday.

The five-week investigation led federal agents to 46 states and six countries, and the cases involved 123 sexually exploited children, including toddlers, the agency said.

It said immigration and Homeland Security investigators tried to rescue victims and arrest people who own, trade and produce images of child pornography. Forty-four children were rescued and 79 identified, officials said.

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