Dallas Police Now Have Forensic Tools to Track Online Child Exploitation

A child sex exploitation sting that led to the arrest of 15 men in Collin County in May may not have been possible without federal funding, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said Monday. The same funding helped the Dallas Police Department recently launch in-house forensic testing that helps detectives track down who is posting online ads selling children for sex. These efforts would be nearly impossible without the North Texas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Skinner and Dallas Interim Police Chief David Pughes said at an event with U.S. Senator John Cornyn. The task force funding, $60 million per year, is part of the Protect Our Children Act. It is set to expire in 2018, but the Senate voted in June to extend it until 2022. The House is expected to vote on the move in September.   Continue reading...

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