Fifty-six people have been arrested in Middlesex County, Conn., in raids involving local, state and federal investigators.
Authorities say a total of 85 law enforcement officers took part in the operation that began before dawn on Monday. It was led by Peter McShane, the state's attorney for the Middlesex Judicial District, and Joseph Faughnan, the U.S. marshal for Connecticut.
"Our focus was to arrest people on warrants, misdemeanors and felonies, with a focus on sexual assault, violation of probation and more serious felonies," McShane said.
Investigators said they were seeking the region's most wanted people on a range of charges.
The defendants taken into custody range in age from 17 to 51.