Utah Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Works with Alabama Authorities to Successfully Investigate and Arrest Alleged Child Predator
SALT LAKE CITY (April 16, 2015) — The Utah Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) multi-jurisdictional task force investigates and prosecutes individuals who use the Internet to exploit children. The task force is made up of agents from multiple agencies throughout Utah and often times works cases with out-of-state agencies due to the far reaching access of the Internet.
In late March, localized Utah authorities contacted the Attorney General’s ICAC Task Force for assistance on an Enticement of a Minor. The minor lives in Utah, and the alleged perpetrator in Alabama. Utah ICAC agents and Alabama authorities worked together through discovery and the case was transferred to Alabama ICAC. Shortly after, the two states combined investigative information, leading to the arrest of 29-year-old Brenson Forrest Humphreys on four counts of possession of child pornography and one count each of transmitting obscene material to a minor and electronic solicitation of a child.
“Utah’s ICAC Task Force is known as a leader among peer agencies in other states due to our excellent investigators and prosecutors and the development and implementation of in-house technologies. Because our ICAC tools are so effective, we have shared many of our resources with other agencies throughout the nation and world as we work together to fight online child pornography and predatory behavior,” said Attorney General Reyes. “Thank you to ICAC Section Director Special Agent Jessica Farnsworth and her dedicated team for ensuring that every ICAC case is given the investigative attention necessary to shut down these crimes.”
“All families who have children on the web should be having regular conversations about Internet safety. Many parents have a difficult time imagining their children talking to dangerous strangers, but it happens too regularly,” continued AG Reyes. “Although our ICAC Task Force works around the clock with futuristic technologies to remove threats before perpetrators reach out personally to children, there are constant threats and it is critical that parents stay actively involved.”
Parent Internet Safety resources and information:
Internet Safety Tips for Parents by Utah NetSmartz
Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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