Technology's Effects on Crimes Against Children

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 03/28 2014 07:03PM

Updated 03/31 2014 04:11PM

The 15th Annual Champions for Children conference attracts hundreds from all over the country. Those who attend have the opportunity to learn about specific topics regarding crimes against children. Technology's effects on crimes against children was one of the topics on the table.

Lyndel Williams is the Director of Training of the Texas Association of Sexual Assault says, "The advancement of technology has especially made police work, working with and attempting to capture offenders, really difficult."

Many people are always ready for the next smart phone app or social media site, but the fast paced growth of technology can at times hinder law enforcement.

"I am going to say it is very can't stay ahead. Resources and man power are always issues for law enforcement agencies" explains Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy John Graham.

Williams travels all over the country training law enforcement on how to combat crimes against children and agrees. "Not all of the time, but typically, law enforcement finds out about these type of technologies after the fact. They bust someone and say oh goodness, this guy was using this technology."

Deputy Graham has been in law enforcement for twenty-one years and explains why its challenging to keep up with technology. "Its difficult to stay ahead because technology changes, but on the other side of it, there are way more criminals than good guys trying to investigate those crimes."

Experts agree that when dealing with crimes against children through technology, knowledge is power. "There's not much we can do, but the best way to defend yourself is to have an idea about what's out there and protect yourself.

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