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May 16, 2014 12:54 AM by Maddie Garrett

Catching Online Predators: Springs Police Work with Outside Agencies

Catching predators online, who target and exploit children, takes police cooperation across state lines. The most recent arrest was in a Security neighborhood, where police arrested a 36-year-old man for possessing and distributing child pornography.

Glen Douglas Jr., is charged with having illegal images of child pornography on his computer, sending them over the internet and allegedly using a mobile app to discuss child molestation online.

Colorado Springs Police got the tip from Missouri through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. With the help of another group, the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, investigators tracked down Douglas' email and IP address to his home on Hallam Avenue in Security.

"It's disturbing," said Mike Stone, a father who lives in the neighborhood.

Parents in the neighborhood are concerned about the case.are concerned about the case.

"It's very bothersome with kids and everything around here," said Eric Huntsman, also a father in the neighborhood.

It's the type of crime that would upset any parent. Neighbors said it's also bothersome because two schools are right down the street from the suspect's home.

"You know next to schools or not, a guy's looking at child porn, it's a little, you never can tell about anybody," said Stone.

Police said Douglas allegedly admitted to using a screen name associated with a chat room in which he was discussing molesting children.

"We got the information, they were able to corroborate that quickly," said CSPD Spokesperson Larry Herbert of getting a search warrant.

It only took a day to get the search warrant, find the images and arrest Douglas. Herbert said police are able to move so quickly thanks to help from national organization like the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.

"The ICAC unit... is a multi-jurisdictional task force where we have several different jurisdictions that work together here within our region," said Herbert.

ICAC is one of the top resources for catching online predators. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, ICAC investigations led to 5,700 arrests in 2011.

"Which helps keep our community safer and ultimately, in these types of cases when children are involved, help to keep children safer as well," said Herbert.

Police said the investigation isn't over yet, and are asking for the public's help. If you have any information on this case or Douglas, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

Meanwhile, Douglas could face felony charges of exploiting children and possession and distribution of child pornography. He's set for his first court appearance May 23, 2014.

 

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