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FY 13 Delaware Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $241,006)

Pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, the ICAC Task Force shall 1) consist of State and local investigators, prosecutors, forensic specialists, and education specialists who are dedicated to addressing the goals of the task force; 2) engage in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions of Internet crimes against children; 3) provide forensic, preventive, and investigative assistance to parents, educator, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with Internet crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency responses and partnerships to Internet crimes against children offenses through ongoing informational, administrative, and technological support to other State and local law enforcement agencies, as a means for such agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and specialized equipment to investigate and prosecute such offenses; 5) participate in nationally coordinated investigations in any case in which the Attorney General determines such participation to be necessary, as permitted by the available resource of such task force; 6) establish or adopt investigative and prosecution standards consistent with norms, to which such task force shall comply; 7) investigate, and seek prosecution on, tips related to Internet crimes against children, including tips from Operation Fairplay, the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline, ICAC task forces, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, with priority being given to investigate leads that indicate possibility of identifying or rescuing child victims, including investigative leads that indicate a likelihood of seriousness of offense or dangerousness to the community; 8) develop procedures for handling seized evidence; 9) maintain reports required by OJJDP and other reports and records as determined by the Attorney General; and 10) seek to comply with national standards regarding the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes against children, as set forth by the Attorney General, to the extent such standards are consistent with the law of the State where the task force is located.

Using grant funds, the Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ) will enhance its detection, investigation, apprehension and prosecution of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children by maintaining the employment of two Delaware DOJ full time Special Investigators exclusively assigned to the Task Force. Funding will also be used to hire an additional Senior Forensic Investigator thus allowing the Task Force to address more of the hundreds of distributors of child sexual exploitation images that reside in Delaware. As a result, the Task Force will bolster the number of cases it can develop and bring to prosecution. In addition, the overall effectiveness of the Task Force will increase with the addition of this position as it will facilitate the rapid arrest of the owner/operator of a digital device used to sexually exploit a child. This investigative staffing will enhance the aggressive investigation and follow-up of all tips and referrals, proactive peer-to-peer investigations, and participation in nationally coordinated investigations.

Date Created: September 3, 2013