Task Force Arrests Record Number of Predators

Task Force Arrests Record Number of Predators

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(KSL News) -- Another type of predator kept The Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force busy last night. It arrested a record five men in one night,all trying to set up sexual rendezvous with children.

Paul Amann, Assistant Attorney General: "Four of them showed up in one vehicle and this is kind of like clockwork orange, Stanley Kubrick stuff where there was apparently one ring leader and his three comrades who were showing up to commit these crime together."

All five suspects, Derrick Bowen, Justin Bass, Benjamin Sarter, Jesse Kazachevich and Charles Shaw were chatting with an undercover officer posing as a 13-year old girl.

The contacts were not made in sexually-oriented chatrooms, but in regular chatrooms anyone can access. It’s something parents need to be aware of.

Ken Hansen, Dir., Utah ICAC Task Force: "They need to know actually who their children are chatting with and actually watch the chat, don't just walk by the computer and look at the screen and actually see what the text is and where the conversation is going."

Since this task force was formed three and a half years ago it has made more than 250 arrests.

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