On October 20, 2010, as a result of a month-long operation, Santa Cruz Police Department Sex Crimes Detectives made five arrests after serving search warrants in conjunction with a child pornography sting. Partnering with the San Jose Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office Inspectors, police detectives found these five suspects to be actively involved in obtaining and sharing images of child pornography on the Internet. Using file-sharing software, investigators obtained direct downloads of child pornography from the suspects, some depicting children as young as two years-old.
All told investigators located thousands of online images and videos and are in the process of sifting through them for court purposes. The ICAC Program, created by the U. S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims. Anyone with additional information can call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com
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