Lexington Police set up the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force because of the disturbing number of cases about child abuse and child pornography in Fayette County.
After six weeks, they found that the problem involves children as young as elementary school students not as the victims, but as the suspects.
Officers set up the task force in late January. They are now calling the first six weeks “Phase One” and plan to continue this work with a “Phase Two.”
Investigators said they were able to shut down some of the most serious sex crimes in Lexington.
They made 13 arrests where nine were adult males and four were juveniles.
“There were certain points in the investigation where we learned that victims of elementary school and folks that were suspects were elementary aged children,” Commander Greg Jones said.
Officers said they don’t think the children know that it’s a crime to send a nude photo of themselves or to have nude photos on their phones.
To prevent this from happening, police said it starts at home.
- Monitor use of cell phone and devices.
- Permit Internet access in common areas.
- Know child’s passwords on electronics.
- Keep line of communication open.
For more resources, officers recommend these sites:
Lexington Division of Police www.lexingtonky.gov
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) http://pcaky.org
Kids First http://www.kidsfirstky.net/