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CONSUMER REPORT: Avoiding online child predators


(WKOW) -- A nationwide, undercover investigation nabbed dozens of child predators online. Experts say it's a reminder for parents to stay cautious.

Postal inspectors set up sting operations to identify, target and arrest those who produce and traffic child pornography. Investigators baited suspects and found some dangers for kids online in one particular criminal.

"After responding to this solicitation, [the suspect] requested more information which led to him purchasing what he believed was child pornography from us," says Wylie Christopher, a U.S. Postal Inspector. "We found printed images as well as digital images of child exploitation and more specifically child pornography in his residence."

Investigators say the suspect in this case was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Experts say there are many things parents can do to protect their children online. Parents should familiarize themselves with social networking and other online communication sites kids use, keep computers in an open area of the home, and always ask questions.


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