June 17, 2013
The Innocent Justice Foundation welcomes the Price County Sheriff’s Department to the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The Wisconsin ICAC was established in 2007 with just 20 law enforcement agency members. The addition of Price County Sheriff’s brings to just under 200 the number of local law enforcement agencies that are members of Wisconsin’s ICAC.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the state’s ICAC arrested more than 130 suspects last year.
ICACs are networks of local law enforcement agencies working to identify and prosecute individuals who produce, share and download images of child sexual abuse on the Internet. Innocent Justice supports the work of the ICACs with training and by helping to locate equipment and other resources needed in the fight against the sexual abuse of children.
June 12, 2013
Actress Jen Lilley is a long-time supporter of Innocent Justice.
The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) congratulates actress and long-time TIJF supporter Jen Lilley on her new daytime television role!
This month, Jen joins NBC TVâ€™s â€œDays of Our Lives.â€ When she told Innocent Justice that she would be joining the cast, she couldnâ€™t say much about the character she plays other than that she has a connection to someone living in the fictional town of Salem, where all the action takes place.
Lilleyâ€™s charity work focuses on organizations that protect children against physical and sexual abuse. She found Innocent Justice when researching charities to support.
â€œI was overwhelmed to discover the staggering number of images of graphic child sexual abuse available on the Internet,â€ Lilley said. â€œWhen I learned that the United States is the number one producer and consumer of child pornography, my heart broke, and I knew I had to take action. The brutality of the images is beyond disturbing. These are children. Theyâ€™re babies. They deserve their innocence.â€
Lilley said she was convinced she needed to support Innocent Justice when she learned â€œthat 83% of the people who possess child pornography admit to sexually abusing multiple children themselves! This has to stop, and I believe Innocent Justice is the charity to make that happen.â€
What sets Innocent Justice apart from other anti-child pornography organizations is that IJ works with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces that proactively investigate and prosecute individuals who produce and share images of child sexual abuse on the Internet. There are 61 ICACs throughout the U.S.; Innocent Justice provides mental health training to prevent burnout among investigators and secures equipment that local law enforcement agencies need to pursue child pornographers.
â€œI was relieved to see that Innocent Justice is so committed to supporting law enforcement efforts to end child sexual abuse by shutting down these sites and arresting the people involved,â€ Lilley said.
Lilley said she believes that with all of the advancements in technology, there is no excuse not to wholeheartedly pursue, arrest, and prosecute these criminals.
â€œThe only problem slowing down the efforts is lack of funding. Thatâ€™s why I donate to Innocent Justice. They gather funds to provide law enforcement with the necessary equipment to track down these criminals and rescue children from the most brutal sexual abuse,â€ she said.
Lilley donates 100% of the proceeds from her fan club membership to Innocent Justice. More than 96% of revenue the organization receives from donations goes directly to programs and services.
â€œThatâ€™s really important to me in supporting a charity, that they use the money for the cause. Itâ€™s why when people join my fan club, I can confidently donate 100% of the proceeds to Innocent Justice.â€
Even though her new role will keep her busy, the Roanoke, Virginia native has plans to become even more involved in supporting Innocent Justice.
â€œFans should sign up for my fan club and follow me on Twitter to see what Innocent Justice and I are planning for the future. I think theyâ€™ll want to be involved,â€ Lilley said.
June 11, 2013
Sexting, the practice of many young people to take nude or nearly-nude photos of themselves and share the photos via cell phones, can result in legal and social issues teens may want to avoid.
In Decatur, Georgia this week, five teens age 13 to 16 face felony child pornography charges for sexting.
The Macon County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office says it is a felony in Georgia for people under the age of 18 to take, send or have nude photographs of other people under 18, even though the young people may all have consented to taking and sharing the photos. Extreme cases can net juveniles jail time and require that they register as a sexual predator, even if they are taking the pictures of themselves.
Since 2009, 20 states have enacted legislation to address the issue of sexting, many of them reducing it from a felony to a misdemeanor. Laws and punishments vary widely by state, however, so parents of young people are encouraged to review the laws in their state and discuss sexting with their children.
ne 11, 2013
June 7, 2013
June 7 — Congratulations to the Kentucky Attorney Generalâ€™s Cybercrimes Unit for five years of protecting children against sexual abuse. The unit is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Tas Force.
Since June 2008, the Cybercrimes Unit headed by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has initiated 341 investigations of images and videos of children being sexually abused, recovered 403,000 images and videos and has had a 100% conviction rate. Among those charged were a Kentucky high school teacher, a foster parent and a man using Skype to produce and distribute sexually explicit videos of children.
Thank you, Mr. Conway and all members of your Cybercrimes Unit, for protecting children in Kentucky against sexual abuse!
June 4, 2013
June 4, 2013 — It took Google just a few hours after the first pornography app for its Google Glass product was announced to officially ban sexually explicit material from its newest product.
Google Glass is a wearable computer that looks like eyewear.
Adult app store MiKandi announced the pornographic app and several hours later, Google removed it and announced its policy against Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material. The search engine announced it would have â€œharsh penaltiesâ€ for any app featuring images of children being sexually abused.
In Other News
ICAC agents and Medina, OH police officers arrested an Ohio man yesterday on charges of downloading sexually explicit photos of children on his home computer.
18-year old Dylan Ruesch was charged with a felony; several computers, a hard drive and an iPhone were taken from his home.
June 4, 2013 — The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children.
At Innocent Justice, we believe that children should be protected from the physical, mental and emotional abuse that result when they are sexually abused and their abuse is recorded and distributed globally on the Internet. Research shows that knowing a permanent record of their abuse is available causes life-long trauma for that child; victims report feeling humiliated and abused again each time their photo or video is seen by someone new.
It is estimated that the abuse of more than 1 million children in the U.S. alone has been recorded by child pornographers. Innocent Justice is working to end this kind of abuse and we invite you to work with us!
June 3, 2013
Jun 3, 2013 — A Jacksonville Beach, FL man under investigation by the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was arrested Friday for child pornography charges after allegedly downloading it on his laptop.
Christopher Frank Trujillo-Vega, 28, is facing two charges of Sexual Performance by a Child-Possession of Child Pornography. A news release from the Jacksonville Beach Police Department states that the investigation is ongoing, as police are still trying to determine if there are more suspects in the case.
June 3, 2013 — An Oklahoma man has been charged with using the Internet to solicit sexual contact with a child.
The Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation led to the arrest of 21-year old Weston Provancher.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Prutt said, â€œChild pornography violates, exploits and endangers young victims.â€
In addition to using the Internet to view, download and share images of children being sexually abused, studies show that child pornographers also use the Web to contact children and to make arrangements to meet them.
May 31, 2013
May 31 — The Utah Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force has opened investigations into a dozen cases of people posting images of child sexual abuse on Pinterest boards. Pinterest is a content sharing Internet service that allows members to â€œpinâ€ images, videos and other objects to a non-password protected pinboard. Most Pinterest members use the site to share recipes, decorating ideas and hobby-related interests.
Utah ICAC Field Commander Patty Reed told a reporter from the Salt Lake City Deseret News that she was â€œincredibly surprisedâ€ to find that people were using the public site to â€œshare child pornography.â€ Ken Wallentine, head of Utah ICAC, told reporter Pat Reavy that learning people were posting these images to Pinterest left him dumbfounded that people would be so â€œincredibly brazen.â€ He speculated that posters may be using the site to fish for other images of child sexual abuse.
Reed told the newspaper that all 12 incidents were brought to the ICACâ€™s attention by Pinterest officials who were being proactive in monitoring the site for inappropriate material. Charges in all 12 cases are pending.
West Virginia: Research conducted by the West Virginia ICAC has led the state to become one of just five in the country that will use a computerized system that allows law enforcement officers to share information directly with Child Protective Services.
Felony drug arrests in two West Virginia counties will be entered into the Drug Endangered Children Tracking System (DECSYS), which should help child protective services better identify cases where children are being abused or neglected. According to Colonel C.R. â€œJayâ€ Smithers of the ICAC Unit of the West Virginia State Police, children whose parents are substance abusers are three times more likely to be verbally, physically and sexually abused or neglected than other children.
Research conducted by the West Virginia State Police ICAC Unit led to use of the new system in two counties; it is expected to go statewide soon.
Illinois — New legislation passed in Illinois this week toughens laws for people who possess and distribute images of children being sexually abused. The legislation clarifies current Illinois law to allow prosecuting attorneys to charge suspects for each individual item of alleged child pornography in their possession.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whose office operates the Illinois ICAC, praised legislators for giving law enforcement â€œthe strongest tools at its disposal to put these offenders behind bars for years.â€ She said the law also is important in that it supports that stateâ€™s consecutive sentencing model that requires courts to impose mandatory consecutive, rather than concurrent, sentences for child pornography-related offenses.
May 30, 2013
May 30 — The Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was involved in the arrest of a Cleveland County, Oklahoma man charged with distributing child pornography.
The Oklahoma Attorney General, a member of the Oklahoma ICAC, has charged 26-year-old David Kennedy with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. Police say Kennedy distributed multiple child pornography videos to an officer of the Guthrie Police Department.