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Training Program Designed To Help Cops Catch Internet Sex Predators

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(CBS) – Police officers from across the state have wrapped up a first-of-its-kind four-day training program at the Orland Park Police Department designed to help them catch internet sex predators.

The officers learned about internet technology designed to help them catch internet predators and those sharing child pornography, sites where they are likely to be working and how to work undercover online.

“Investigators and prosecutors in my office have noticed a disturbing increase in sexual predators targeting children online,” State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

She detailed some of the cases including some of the including one involving a 39-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl.

“two sexual encounters in the defendant’s car. One of which was interrupted by members of the victim’s family,” said Alvarez.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a program called “Operation Glass House” using technology to see child porn traders as though they are in glass houses.

“Child pornography very often involves toddlers, it involves infants,” said Madigan.

The State’s Attorney’s office is offering parents free software called “Computer Cop” to protect their kids.