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Longview PD receives grant to fight child porn

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The Longview Police Department receives nearly $470,000 in federal funds to fight child pornography. The money will help the cyber crimes unit crack down on more child porn cases here in East Texas.

They prey on children. And with the help of the internet, child porn predators sexually exploit children.

"Child pornography is a cancer in the world wide web and it is spreading," said U.S. Attorney John Bales.

In East Texas, the cure to this 'cancer' will soon be a newly formed Crimes Against Children Task Force. It's a joint effort between local and federal agencies.

"We've got to do more," said Bales. "I've hired an additional Assistant U.S. Attorney who will be prosecuting child porn cases full time."

"That's one of things that we fought for so long was trying to get man power [and] some money just do it," said Mike Hyko, who retired as sergeant of Longview's Cyber Crimes Unit back in 2000.

He says the grant money is much-needed and had been for years.

"A lot of people are concerned about child pornography but then the people that could really write the checks didn't seem that concerned about it," said Hyko. "So, I think this is great."

"It gives us another forensic examiner and it gives us an investigator," said Ed Jones, a detective with the Cyber Crimes Unit. "So, instead of one person we've got three working on the problem."

Jones is the only investigator dedicated to tracking down child porn suspects.

"Part of the problem is the average citizen can't get a crack on it," he explained. "Simply because these people are sitting in the privacy of their own home and nobody knows what they're doing."

But, that's changing as more investigators aim their sights on these hidden criminals. 

The Longview Police Department was the only police department in the state to receive the grant. The U.S. Attorney's Office is adding more man power as well. They will have five specially deputized assistant attorney generals to handle child porn cases.

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