Child pornography on rise in Colorado

Posted on: February 20, 2011

In a nice, quiet community south of Denver, law enforcement is ramping up a task force to catch online child pornography. Since last summer; the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office task force began using a social network tool to catch online predators. They were surprised at the overwhelming number of people in Colorado sharing and trading child pornography.

The Douglas County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the Special Victims’ Unit (SVU) are expecting to arrest twice as many people this year than last year. All of these people will be charged with distribution or downloading images and videos of children as young as infants being tortured, degraded and raped. The task force is writing up to five search warrants a week and has made five felony arrests so far. In 2010, the unit arrested 14 suspects for possessing child porn.

The unit began catching more suspects last summer when it started using peer-to-peer file-sharing networks that work like Napster. The software opens windows into other people’s computers and allows you to view and take what’s there.

Police officials can’t tell if children are being abused and photographed in Colorado. However, whoever is manufacturing these pictures is difficult to track down when compared to the people who are looking at these pictures as well as downloading the images. Looking at one image is considered a felony and will get you a long stay in jail.

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