Published: Mar 31, 2010 10:04 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A child pornography sweep in the Tampa Bay

area has netted 29 arrests and led to the rescue of two girls who

said they were being sexually abused.

 

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and agency heads were in

Tampa on Wednesday to announce the arrests, which included a

registered sex offender, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and a

military police officer stationed at MacDill Air Force Base.

 

Sixteen agencies were involved in the sweep that began Feb. 8

and finished Tuesday. Officials said thousands of images of child

pornography were found.

 

Michael Masto, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs

Enforcement, said those arrested in the sweep included "the worst

of the worst" of child pornography offenders.