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ATTORNEY GENERAL J. B. VAN HOLLEN SEEKS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FIGHT INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

 

Special Agents and Computer Forensic Analysts Sought To Triple Investigative Efforts To Combat Internet Crimes Against Children

 

MADISON - Noting there were over 15,000 unique IP addresses traceable to Wisconsin offering to share child pornography and nearly 500 documented child exploitation complaints to the Department of Justice (DOJ) annually, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sent a letter to members of the Joint Finance Committee on Friday seeking new agents and forensic analysts to combat this high level of child sexual predator activity.

 

"Make no mistake," Van Hollen wrote, "those enticing Wisconsin's children in chat rooms and those offering to distribute images of sexual assault are sex predators. With good reason, the Legislature has made a significant commitment to monitoring convicted sex predators after they are released from custody. I believe it is time for the Legislature and the Governor to make an equally significant commitment to investigating sex predators that are not in the corrections system, taking them off the street before they can do more harm to Wisconsin's children."

 

According to the Department of Justice's Report, "Internet Crimes Against Children, Priority Needs for Our Top Priority: Kids," six new special agents would be able to initiate approximately 216 new investigations per year. Six computer forensic analysts would be required to prevent the growth of a computer evidence backlog. The proposal would place DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) special agents in Eau Claire, Wausau, and Appleton for the first time, and strengthen investigative resources in Madison and Milwaukee.

 

A copy of Attorney General Van Hollen's letter and the Department of Justice's Report can be found below:

 

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