WILSONVILLE &

A state and federal law enforcement task force launched last October in the Portland metro area has developed 53 cases against suspected online sexual predators.




The task force is called the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team, nicknamed Intercept. It was formed by sheriffs and district attorneys in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, the Oregon Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office and federal immigration agents.




But it was not made public until Thursday, when they announced the cases they had built since the task force was created.




Most of those arrested were from the metro area. But a few &

including one from Minnesota &

came from out of state hoping to have sex with a minor.