In what may have been his last public appearance as Attorney General, told Iowa law enforcement officials yesterday that the protection of children from online sexual exploitation should be made a top priority, reports the Des Moines Register. “People think it’s just people on the Internet trading pictures of young women in bikinis. They don’t understand how graphic these pictures are,” he said.
Gonzales, who leaves office this week, was plugging one of his favorite activities, Project Safe Childhood. in office, Gonzales told reporters that he will look back on his service “with a great deal of pride, quite frankly,” citing his dedication to Project Safe Childhood and the war on terror. An Iowa prosecutor said the number of open cases there involving people involved in the production, receipt, or transfer of child pornography has grown from 20 in 2006 to 73 cases so far in 2007. No data were reported on convictions. Gonzales said he and his wife will remain active in the pursuit of ending online sexual exploitation.