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15,000 cases of Arizona child porn, most uninvestigated

Jan 23, 2015

Arizona Republic

Years ago we put people in prison for looking at heterosexual adult movies and pictures. Things like Playboy and Penthouse!!!

When we stopped that we continued to put people in prison for looking at homosexual movies and pictures.

And now Rep Paul Boyer wants to fill up the Arizona prisons with people who look at dirty pictures of children.

Rep Paul Boyer seems to want to use the "save the children card" to send people to prison for the religious crime of "looking at dirty pictures".

I have to agree with Rep Paul Boyer that it's wrong to rape children and force them to make child porn. People who do that are rapists and should be punished like other rapists.

Of course the solution to that problem is arresting and jailing these people who rape children forcing to make child porn.

But Rep Paul Boyer solution to the problem isn't sending people to prison who make child porn.

Rep Paul Boyer's solution is to put the people in prison who look at dirty pictures. And not only send them to prison but send them to prison with draconian sentences which will put most of them in prison for life.

Based on other articles I have posted the way the police solve this problem is to entrap people, not find people that rape children and arrest them.

There typical bust happens after a cop offers to give or sell people child porn. The cops spend 8 hours a day surfing the internet pretending to be a pervert offering child porn to every body he meets on line.

And of course anybody that is dumb enough to accept the cops officer gets arrested and sent to prison for years.

That methodology is NOT going to stop people who rape children and force them to make child porn. This is only going to jail people who commit the victimless crime of looking at dirty pictures.

I suspect that Rep Paul Boyer wrote this proposed bill at the request of some police union which would love to create more jobs for cops.


15,000 cases of Arizona child porn, most uninvestigated

Paul Boyer, AZ I See It 3:09 p.m. MST January 23, 2015

Lawmaker: Victims are getting younger and the crimes more violent. We just need more investigators to get the bad guys.

Investigators say child-pornography victims are getting younger, and the abuse is becoming more violent.

In Arizona, we know of 15,000 IP addresses (the Internet Protocol labels assigned to each computer device) belonging to people who own computers, cellphones and other electronic devices trading and downloading child porn.

A significant number of these videos and images consist of infants and young children being raped, tortured and sexually abused. Some of even include "how to" instructions on how a grown man can rape a 3-year-old and groom him or her for years of abuse.

Every one of these pictures and videos is a crime scene. But the vast majority of these leads will never be investigated, and most of these victims will not be rescued.

Not unless we act.

While Arizona has tough sentencing laws for those who prey on children, there are only four full-time investigators in the state to proactively investigate this depravity, along with a handful of part-time investigators from various agencies. [Translation - Arizona has some pretty draconian prison sentences for people that look at dirty pictures of children]

A full-time investigator can only handle 25 to 30 cases a year. It's extremely stressful for these investigators, seeing videos of kids being raped with the knowledge they are unable to get to a fraction of what's really out there.

The threat is real.

Who's using child porn?

50 to 70 percent of Arizona child pornography users are actively molesting or abusing children.

Source: Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children task force, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

Fifty to 70 percent of perpetrators who download and trade child pornography are considered "hands on" offenders who actively molest and abuse children, according to data from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children task force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Sixty to 65 percent of the images intercepted in Arizona are of prepubescent children, and 9 percent of all victims are infants. Because of these very young ages, most victims cannot or do not report the abuse.

As the House education chairman, I care deeply about good education policy. But for the children who cannot sleep at night for fear of sexual abuse by child predators, no education policy, however well designed, will help them. They desperately need law enforcement to rescue them from their abusers.

Who are the victims?

60 to 65 percent of child-porn images captured in Arizona depict prepubescent children; 9 percent are infants.

Source: Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children task force, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

I recently introduced legislation that would enable the state to equip, train and hire 30 to 35 full-time investigators and forensic examiners for the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. House Bill 2517 has 79 co-sponsors and uses $5 million of state lottery money — $4.5 million to equip, train and hire full-time investigators and forensic examiners, and $500,000 to help victims.

For some context, $5 million is 0.05 percent of a $9 billion budget. [P*ssing away $5 million on this is still p*ssing away $5 million even if it's only .05 percent of the budget]

Enhancing task-force investigations has three objectives:

-- Rescue children.

-- Arrest and prosecute suspects.

-- Educate parents and children, thus preventing future children from victimization.

Last year, the Arizona Legislature appropriated an additional $60 million to create the new Department of Child Safety, making it an $834 million agency, after realizing there were 6,600 uninvestigated cases of children who were neglected and possibly in harm's way.

With nearly three times the amount of uninvestigated cases of children being raped, tortured and sexually abused, how can we not act now?

We have no time to wait. National studies show the average offender preys on 14 to 23 victims before law enforcement catches them, which is why I have included an emergency clause in my legislation.

If I receive at least 40 votes in the House and 20 in the Senate, upon approval by the governor, this legislation will take immediate effect, allowing us to hire and train more full-time investigators.

It takes 18 to 24 months to train a task-force investigator due to the special training and skills needed to investigate electronic crime scenes. This includes hundreds of hours of training and certifications to conduct these complex investigations.

In Arizona, 90 percent of all victims are known victims, meaning they know who their abuser is. In many cases, investigators are a subpoena away from rescuing victims and arresting and prosecuting their predators.

But as it stands, Arizona investigators must triage leads to locate "hands on" predators. With hundreds of new leads of child sex abuse coming in every month, law enforcement cannot keep up with current leads.

Less than 2 percent of known child-exploitation cases are being investigated.

Thousands of children are waiting to be rescued. Let's make the 52nd Legislature the one that acted swiftly to do so.

Paul Boyer serves Legislative District 20 (Phoenix and Glendale) in the Arizona House of Representatives.

LEARN MORE

For more information on national efforts to prevent Internet crimes against children, visit the National Association to Protect Children at protect.org.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Arizona Representative Paul Boyer - Arizona House of Representatives (602)926-4173

Paul Boyer
Republican
District 20

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 129
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602)926-4173
Fax (602)417-3153