Attorney General’s Child Predator Section Tops 100 Arrests in 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With additional arrests over the past week, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane yesterday announced the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has apprehended more than 100 suspected child predators in 2015.

“Our agents are using innovative methods to root out child predators in Pennsylvania,” Kane said. “Those who prey on children should know we are watching them.”

Child predator arrests are up significantly under Attorney General Kane’s administration. From 2012 to 2014, arrests of suspected child predators increased more than 750 percent. This increase is due partly to one of AG Kane’s chief initiatives — the creation of a state-of-the-art facility with agents and attorneys focused exclusively on identifying, arresting and prosecuting child predators.

In 2014, the state Legislature provided the Attorney General’s Office with another essential tool in combatting child pornography with the passage of House Bill 90. This law grants administrative subpoena power regarding Internet subscriber information to law enforcement agents. With the subpoena authority, agents are able to respond more quickly and efficienty to reports of abuse.

Suspected child predators can be reported to the Office of Attorney General by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Individuals who suspect an online predator or child sexual abuse can also send an anonymous tip to the office by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

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