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Idaho Attorney General Cracking Down On Child Porn Crimes

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By Andrew Reed

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Idaho police want two million dollars in new state funding to help boost enforcement against child pornography crimes.

Child porn cases continue to be a worry around the magic valley and across the gem state.

Child pornography refers to people who produce, view, and share explicit photos of children under the age of eighteen.

"It's a big issue around the world, we're getting more and more of these kind of cases, child pornography cases have become more and more prevalent all over, we are certainly seeing our share of them” said Sergeant Rick Cowen, Jerome County Sheriff Department.

Just last year - there were two cases for the Jerome County Sheriff Department.

"We all get caught at the end, computers leave fingerprints” said Cowen.

The proposal for more money would expand Idaho’s program and would create a 14-person investigative team dedicated to tackling often-complex cases.

"I would like us to do more forensic stuff at the state level” said Cowen.

An ongoing problem parents can help prevent by knowing how to keep your children safe.

If you are caught with possession of child pornography in the state of Idaho, the penalty fee is up to ten-thousand dollars.

The creation or distribution of the material could be a fine up to 50-thousand dollars.


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