Over the past four years 93 people have been prosecuted for child pornography by US Attorney Deb Gilg’s office under the Project Safe Childhood Initiative. Gilg says the number of children who are approached by these predators is staggering.
“One in seven youth online between the ages of 10 and 17 received a sexual solicitation or approach over the internet.”
Gilg says thousands of predators are on line at any given moment and they are searching for victims.
“It is estimated that at any one time, 50,000 predators are online possibly seeking out children in the United States.”
Gilg says every piece of child pornography found is a disturbing crime.
“The images on-line include images of children as young as one or two years of age. These are crime scene photos depicted children being raped, sexually abused and exploited.”
Gilg says they will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to catch these predators.
“Our singular goal is to make sure we get these predators and we get the longest sentences possible.”
Of the 93 convictions, 54 people received a 5 to 10 year prison sentence. Several were sentenced to more time behind bars and only two received probation.