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Online safety is a must

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

In a recent felony solicitation of a minor  trial in  Louisa County Circuit Court, Detective Patrick Siewert, of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, was asked why he used the town of Gum Springs instead of Louisa as his location in an online ad posted by Siewer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl during a task force Internet sting operation and responded that predators know the reputation of Louisa County in regards to policing the Internet for online solicitors of children and often avoid the area.

According to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, their Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program, in partnership with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is responsible for the three longest sentences in Virginia history for online sexual solicitation of children and protecting children from these predators is a top priority for the sheriff’s office and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

In 2006, the sheriff’s office joined the Southern Virginia ICAC task force and began working undercover Internet chat room investigations around mid-2007.

Later, the investigations expanded to those who distribute child pornography. In 2011 through awarded grants, the sheriff’s office was able to employ a full-time investigator.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 29 edition of The Central Virginian.