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(KSL News) The National Law Center for Children and Families recognized Utah Internet investigators with its Child Defender Award today.
The Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force achieved the highest rate of Internet predator arrests per capita in the nation.
Brett Tolman, the United States Attorney for the District of Utah, said that the approach to handling online child predators is to find them faster, punish them harder and watch them more closely.
"I estimate that there are hundreds of children today protected in this state because of the dedication of line officers, federal agents, prosecutors -- both state and federal," Tolman said.
The task force made 72 arrests in 2006. Officers had already made 46 arrests by the end of July of this year.