Internet Porn Cops Try To Keep Up With Smarter Criminals

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Trying to catch creeps who prey on children, Detective Michele Deery of Delaware County, Pa., has appeared in cyberspace as many different people, including a 14-year-old girl. A 55-year-old man, and the mother of two adolescent daughters willing to turn those fictitious children over for sex with a stranger. The man was arrested when he arrived for a rendezvous at a diner, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Child pornography has exploded on the Internet, and Delaware County has scored notable successes. Like similar units around the country, Deery’s is challenged by evolving defense tactics and the ever-changing nature of the digital age. Pornographic images that once would have been easily discovered on a computer hard drive can now be hidden on zip drives shaped like pens or watches, or even folded inside a video game. Criminals are getting smarter about covering their online fingerprints. If you want a potential child abuser to believe you’re a teenage girl, Deery said, you have to know what teenage girls are interested in – the latest Harry Potter novel, the songs of Hilary Duff. Watching porn videos, Deery says, “The children seem to be getting younger, the videos are more violent.” The Inquirer tells how Deery caught ‘ a 40-year old man who drove 78 miles expecting to have sex with a mother and her two daughters.

Link: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_top_stories/20070828_Stalking_stalkers_in_online_shadows.html

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