Cracking Internet Crimes in Faulkner County

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Josh D. George's quick arrest is credited to Faulkner County's Internet Crimes Unit. It was created a few years ago to combat the growing issue of internet crimes in Central Arkansas.

"Everything is on the internet nowadays, if you can think it, it's there," said Matt Rice, Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy. "So we had to gear towards that."

Crimes range from internet stalking to searching and viewing child pornography to soliciting sex from minors.

"There's plenty to do, I mean it's out there," Rice said. "You just have to have the resources to do it."

The unit's lead investigator creates profiles in several different chat rooms. Then they wait for the predators to initiate contact.

"We do not initiate these conversations, we don't initiate the sexual talk," Rice said. "They do."

And if those predators want to meet up, the investigator will bring back up.

The lead investigator has received extensive software training. But even with their advanced software, the unit doesn't look at banking or social media activity. They're looking for people who are viewing child pornography.

"Basically, there is a database of pictures and if you see, if you look at one of those pictures on the internet we can tell that we're looking at it," Rice said. "We're just going to handle it as best we can, with what we have."


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