More Sex Predators Arrested This Year

KikCENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force is catching more child sex predators this year than 2012.

Investigators arrested 10 people in connection with the sexual abuse of Southern Oregon children. The agency credits the partnerships between other law enforcement agencies and the use of better technology for the arrests.

This year, investigators are dealing with more “sextortion” cases with teens. Sextortion is when a suspect uses an inappropriate photo or video of a victim as leverage. Usually, investigators say teens send provocative photos to their boyfriend or girlfriend.

“Then, they break up. And for whatever reason, those pictures are disseminated and it goes into the wrong hands of a child predator,” explained Lt. Mike Anderson.

Investigators say parents should err on the side of caution when it comes to letting your child use online chat rooms and smartphone apps like Kik or Snapchat.