Crimes against children increasing

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - The United States Department of Justice reportsthat child pornography is spreading faster than efforts tofight it.

Federal officials said the Internet is to blame and the agencyhas promised more action.

Under a plan announced Monday, parents are being asked to helpreduce the crime against children.

In a report to Congress, the justice department promises morearrests and better coordination among federal, state and localauthorities.

According to the report, the numbers of child pornography imagesbeing shared online and violence against children hasincreased.

More prosecutors will be hired, a data base will be created toincrease communication among law enforcement and U.S. Marshals willtarget the 500 most dangerous sex offenders who have notregistered.

Parents are being asked to look at a presentation on the U.S.Attorney's Office website to learn how to better protect theirchildren from sexual predators.

Local police chiefs say parents can help reduce thestatistics.

"Parenting is where it starts and if they take the initiative toeducate and monitor their children, I think we have a betteropportunity and a better chance to stop things before they evenhappen," said Chief Erik Niehaus of the West Chester PoliceDepartment.

Click here to view the Powerpoint presentation.

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