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Verbatim: Indiana initiative targets online sexual predators

Statement issued Thursday:

Hammond, IN – United States Attorney David Capp announced a District strategy to fight crimes against children at the Northern District of Indiana Child Sexual Predator Conference in Merrillville, Indiana. This strategy addresses the problems related to sexual predators, kids and the internet.

Every day children face increasing exposure to child pornography on the internet along with internet sexual predators, cyberbullying, and other dangers. This initiative will foster continued efforts through law enforcement partnerships and education to fight these crimes.

During this conference, in addition to learning new techniques in fighting internet crime, attendees received an Internet Safety 101 packet to assist them in providing education to schools and parents in relation to child sexual predators. The education packet will also be disseminated during regional meetings that are going to be conducted for law enforcement in November 2010.

The five key elements of the program are: 1) insuring that sex offenders are in compliance with the terms of their probation and parole; 2) improving information sharing between law enforcement and other service providers to investigate and prevent sex crimes and to insure offender accountability; 3) manage high-risk offenders in the community through strategic problem analysis and response development; 4) establish and/or enhance efforts to locate, arrest and prosecute child sex offenders; and 5) provide training and community outreach to law enforcement, schools and community groups.

This event had over 70 representatives attending from 33 different law enforcement agencies throughout Indiana. Attendees of this conference included representatives from the following: Crown Point, East Chicago, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Gary, Hammond, Hebron, Highland, Hobart, Kouts, Merrillville, Munster, NICTD Transit, Peru, Schererville, St. John, Valparaiso, Warsaw and Waterloo Police Departments. The county agencies were: Grant, Lake, Starke, Steuben and Pulaski County Sheriff Departments along with the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office. The United States Attorney’s Office, United States Marshal’s Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Probation Services and Indiana State Police also participated. The presenters at this event were from the United States Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, United States Marshal’s Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Highland Indiana Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

United States Attorney David Capp stated, “this office has always, and will continue to, prioritize its efforts in this critical area of crimes against children. We will continue to work as partners with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and state and local law enforcement, to protect all children in this district as part of the Justice Department’s important national initiative.”

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