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Special Operations - Internet Crimes Against Children


The Louisa County Sheriff's Office is an affiliate member of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force. Virginia is divided into two ICAC regions. SOVA ICAC is coordinated through the Bedford County, VA Sheriff's Office and NOVA (Northern Virginia) ICAC is coordinated by the Virginia State Police. In general, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is a nationwide group of member agencies whose mission is to intercept, track down and arrest those who operate on the World Wide Web to sexually exploit children through use of the internet, electronics and related means.

ICAC investigations are typically conducted in 2 ways: Undercover operations on the internet to help provide a law enforcement barrier between the sexual predators on the internet and the actual children who may be online. Undercover operations may be conducted in a number of different ways, all with the same goal in mind of apprehending those who would seek to prey on the children of Louisa County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America.

Second, as an ICAC Affiliate Agency, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office also proactively seeks those who may trade in images which portray children in a sexually exploitative manner, identify those traders and apprehend them. Being an ICAC Affiliate Agency affords the Louisa Sheriff's Office Investigators access to specialized software and tools to aid in their investigations.

One other major goal of the ICAC Task Force is preventative education. Louisa County ICAC Investigators have partnered with Louisa's L.A.W. Instructors to help educate school-aged children about the dangers of online interactions and the consequences of bad choices online. Additionally, Internet Safety presentations may be available to local civic groups and community organizations through requests to the Louisa Sheriff's Office and/or the Louisa County Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

If you suspect a child of being a victim of internet sexual exploitation, you may contact the Louisa County Sheriff's Office (540-967-1234) and report the suspected activity to any officer. You may also email any tips, requests, concerns or comments to the Special Operations / ICAC Division directly at: ICAC@Louisa.Org

Any information you give will be forwarded to ICAC Investigators for further action.

You may visit the website of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at:


http://www.ncmec.org





You may also visit the National ICAC website at:

http://www.icactaskforce.org

Please take a minute to click on the following links check out the work Louisa ICAC Investigators are doing to help protect your children online:

WXYZ ABC7 - Windsor School Bus Driver

WRIC ABC8 - Former Minister Gets 90 Year Sentence In Sex Sting

WRIC ABC8 - Ex-Coach At Howard Convicted In Sex Sting

WRIC ABC8 - Louisa Man Gets 100 Years In Sex Case

To date, the Louisa County Sheriff's Office ICAC program, in partnership with the Louisa County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, is responsible for the three highest courtroom sentences in Virginia history for online sexual solicitation of children.

 
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