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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, June 10, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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DCI'S INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
TASK FORCE UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE TO
HELP PARENTS KEEP KIDS SAFE

Des Moines, IOWA --- In its ongoing effort to assist parents in protecting their children from online predators, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force today launched a new website.  Parents, teachers and community leaders can now visit www.iaicac.org to find resources that will help them more easily talk to children about risks of online communication, tips on prevention, and how and when to report illicit material.

At the launch of the new web site, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Director John Quinn said, “It’s our duty to help educate the public and give them the resources they need to keep their families safe.  When it comes to internet crimes, you have to go where the people are already gathered—the web.  That’s why this web site is going to be such a great resource for Iowa families.”

Also today, the ICAC Task Force awarded the Iowa Attorney General’s Office the 2010 Outstanding Service Award for its continued public outreach and education, as well as its efforts to prosecute those men and women who use the anonymity of the internet to prey on our children.

“The internet is a wonderful tool for kids,” Attorney General Tom Miller said, “but it also can be a risky environment concealing dangerous sexual predators who harm children.  Every parent must step up to inform and protect their kids.  That’s not easy but the new web site is an excellent tool to help parents do their job.”

The DCI ICAC Task Force is comprised of law enforcement, social service organizations and child protection centers across the state.  It is one of 61 such task forces across the country.  Each year the ICAC Task Force supports communities across Iowa through educational presentations and programs, forensic examination of digital evidence, execution of search warrants, and the subsequent arrest and prosecution of online predators.  In 2009 alone 25 online predators were arrested in the state of Iowa. 

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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