Texas cracking down on online child predators - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/6/09

Texas cracking down on online child predators

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says there are more than 90,000 registered sex offenders on MySpace, and he's cracking down on those predators and stressing the importance of education.

"Texas is really the most aggressive state in the nation in going after these child predators online," said Abbott. 

It seems like everyone has one. In fact, it's hard to find someone who isn't linked to a social networking website. Unfortunately that includes child predators.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott visited Texas Tech University Friday to discuss online safety and what the state is doing to crack down on online predators. "All they have to do is go to MySpace, go to Facebook, any of these internet based locations, and they can look at, find, and research who it is they want to target as their next victim and then plot and scheme until they show up and assault their next victim," said Abbott.  

Abbott says the state started a Cyber Crimes Unit, where investigators pose as teens on an internet site. When the predator invites the teen to meet somewhere then they are arrested. So far they have arrested more than 100 men. "These are people who will stop at nothing till they are taken off the streets and put behind bars and removed from a situation where they can harm children whether it be in Lubbock or Dallas or Houston or anywhere across America," said Abbott. 

But law enforcement isn't the only solution to this ongoing problem. "The reality is we are not going to arrest our way out of this problem we can't arrest every spammer we can't arrest every child predator," said Abbott. 

Abbott says education plays a crucial role. He says parents need to pay attention to their child's online activity, keep the computer in a common room of the house and talk to their children about the dangers.

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