Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a unit that has taken dozens of predators off the streets and put them behind bars. It is a unit that until now has labored from a secret location enticing and arresting people who troll the Internet for children. The Cuyahoga County Unit was a first when it was formed a dozen years ago. In the years since it has been copied across the nation. As a result police nationwide are able to trade information on pedophiles, move in, and make arrests.
The unit fights crime using computers. Typing and scrolling in on-line chat rooms where pedophiles may be lurking. At times a dozen officers at once gathering evidence from a bunker like room. Pretending to be young boys or girls. A task force that operates in secret and remains undercover.
Former County Prosecutor Bill Mason established the unit and told 19 action news "As soon as one of our undercover agents will start to give lets say a screen name of cheerin 12, that tells the sexual predators out there that it's probably a cheerleader at the age of 12."
Mason says it is like shooting fish in a barrell. The bait typed out, and almost immediately the replies come he says "The conversations they're having usually leads to some sort of sexual conduct." It's called grooming. The adult bringing up sex, at first casually followed by lol or laughing out loud. In a conversation we monitored there was a suggestion of masturbation, or a meeting. The predator typing I'll come over and you can play with it. Would it be fun for you rubbing my penis?Lol the officer writes. I don't know never done nothing like that before. The predator moves in typing ok, wanna try it. Then the revealing pictures.
Each officer handles multiple conversations at once. Working to make the predator comfortable in luring the child the officers are pretending to be. Mason says "It's an art what they're doing, because they need to learn the lingo of a young girl and talk like a young girl so that the person they're talking to or emailing back and forth with believe that in fact they are a young child."
The unit boasts high technology equipment that can make an officer sound like a young child if there is telephone contact with a predator.
It is not just office work, when a meeting is set up, there is always a one on one confrontation, and an arrest.
While ICAC has put dozens of predators away, no doubt there are hundreds more out there. Lurking. Mason has a warning for parents "They need to be aware that the Internet has allowed the predator into their house."
He has a theory on why predators are so comfortable and so completely incriminate themselves on-line. "They would never have these kinds of conversations with anybody on the street but somehow they just seem a little bit more comfortable and they reach out further than their filters would normally let them."
If you would like a program to install to monitor your children's online activities you can get one from the prosecutors office. It's called computer cop. It's free. Find out how by linking to our website.