The effort to protect children from online sexual predators is becoming more challenging as technology expands and the use of that technology expands.
Platte County Sheriff’s Department Captain Paul Carrill is the Officer in Charge of the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, a unit which serves the nine counties around metropolitan Kansas City. Carrill says the investigators on this task force conduct online undercover investigations to nab those who are trying to set up sexual encounters with children. The unit also tries to learn the distribution sources of child pornography.
Through investigative standards, those distributing child pornography are located. Search warrants are then obtained to enter a suspect’s home to recover evidence of any crime.