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Task force uses technology to catch criminals

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Officers have had to learn new ways to catch the bad guys

scottw@standard-democrat.com

BENTON -- Pedophilia was around for long before computers were invented.

But "the Internet is what brought it to the forefront," said Detective Scott Phelps, investigations coordinator for the Southeast Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

Before there were online chat rooms, predators had to physically approach children, often in public places, to lure them away from safety.

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