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Protecting Children Online: Using ResearchBased Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations, Technical Report

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dc.contributor.author Dwyer, R. G., Letourneau, P. D., McKee, T., & Moran, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-06T15:23:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-06T15:23:56Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Dwyer, R. G., Letourneau, P. D., McKee, T., & Moran, R. (2016). Protecting Children Online: Using Research-Based Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations, Technical Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/grants/250154.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2931
dc.description.abstract There is increasing public and professional concern about Internet sexual offending, as reflected in increasing law enforcement cases and clinical referrals. While all instances of Internet offending against minors require intervention, the number of cases and the overarching goal of protecting children require law enforcement to prioritize cases. This project used data from 20 Internet Crimes Against Children task forces across the United States -- offender characteristics, crime characteristics, and online behavior -- to develop empirically-based recommendations to assist law enforcement in prioritizing: (1) cases involving production of child pornography over possession/distribution; (2) cases involving online luring for the purpose of meeting the minor to commit sexual offenses, over luring restricted to online behavior such as sexual chat or exchanging pornographic images; and (3) cases involving offenders who have committed contact sexual offenses against children over cases involving offenders with no known history. The research builds on a previous OJJDP-funded project by increasing the number of task forces and thereby sample size in order to develop practical recommendations, and adding a new component – a geographical analysis of cases – that will assist decision makers in the allocation of training and resources across the United States in order to combat online sexual exploitation and abuse of children. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher U.S. Department of Justice en_US
dc.subject online victimization en_US
dc.subject law enforcement en_US
dc.subject investigation en_US
dc.subject internet victimization en_US
dc.title Protecting Children Online: Using ResearchBased Algorithms to Prioritize Law Enforcement Internet Investigations, Technical Report en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US


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