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Rip-Off Alert: Child predators nabbed in web sting

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Updated: 11/09/2012 2:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- An undercover investigation by U.S. postal inspectors nabbed dozens of child predators trolling the web for kids and sex.

"This individual who had been pre-determined to possibly have a sexual interest in children was sent an undercover solicitation by our agency,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Wylie Christopher.

Postal inspectors set up sting operations nationwide to identify, target and arrest those who produce and traffic child pornography. In this case, the suspect took the bait.

"After responding to this solicitation, he requested more information which led to him purchasing what he believed was child pornography from us," he said.

That's when inspectors made their next move.

"Once this individual placed an order for what he believed was child exploitation material -- we packaged it up and we delivered it to him -- and once he accepted this package, we executed a search warrant of his residence," Christopher said.

They discovered more illegal pictures.

"We found printed images as well as digital images of child exploitation and more specifically child pornography in his residence," Christopher said.

Postal inspectors say the suspect was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

There are many things parents can do protect their children:

• Familiarize yourself with social networking, file-sharing and online communication sites used by your children.

• Have computers in open area of home.

• Always ask questions, if you sense your child is feeling uncomfortable about something.

"As a parent, it is our responsibility as well as our duty to raise our children up as best as we can and the safest environment,” Christopher said.

If you suspect someone is trying to solicit your child online, do not delete any material and don't shut down the computer. Turn off the monitor and report your concerns immediately to local police or www.cybertipline.com.
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