Child predators become the prey

Posted: September 3, 2009 in Uncategorized
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By Kathryn Gregory
Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More online sexual predators who exploit children are in Charleston than any other part of the state, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.
However, a new type of Internet protocol-plotting program makes it easier to track and catch those offenders.
An innovative computer program now allows the department to track and download IP addresses that have visited sites that display child pornography, or that have received an e-mail or a chat correspondence about juveniles.
The information gets plotted in Google Earth, and officers are able to click on boxes with individual IP addresses to see how many times a certain address has been flagged.
“You’d be surprised at the amount of cases we’ve seen,” said Detective Don Scurlock, a Nitro police officer who works with the ICAC unit.


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