Online Sex Crime Investigations

A lot of folks are still talking about the arrest of a homeland security department employee who was accused of preying on what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

It turned out to be a Polk County, Florida detective and those who try to catch pedophiles on line say this arrest should come as no surprise to anyone.

Homeland security department spokesman Brian Doyle was arrested after detectives in Polk County Florida say he had sexually suggestive on line conversations and sent pornographic pictures to one of their detectives who was posing on line as a teenage girl.

Bob Breeden with FDLE Computer Crimes says, "I think the shocking thing about the case involving the homeland security guy was the fact that he was so brazen about telling people, telling this person, who he was. The reality is it's not shocking to me who he was in the end because in the last two years we've arrested numerous police officers, lawyers, doctors, every profession every walk of life."

Breeden also says more and more agencies are getting into the on line predator busting business. He's trained investigators at 35 departments in north and central Florida, investigators who've made more than 180 arrests in just two years.

Investigator Kathy Watson, with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "We put research into it, like what size clothing does a young girl wear, what kind of language would they use, what groups are popular, what movies are popular."

Tallahassee Police INV Kathy Watson has spent hours on line posing as a teenage girl. As a mother of one herself she says it'll make your stomach turn.

“There have been a lot of people who are willing to chat and are willing to say some lewd things to a young teen. There are also a lot of people who will send materials, pornographic materials to children, which is illegal. As far as being willing to meet the children, there are not as many, but they are still not hard to find," says Watson.

Both investigators stressed that news of this arrest - and any other - should serve as a warning to parents: to get computers out of your teenager's room and monitor what they're doing on line.


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