INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Investigators say they’re seeing more internet crimes against children and an increasing severity of them. Now one state lawmaker wants to make sure agencies get more funding to investigate these crimes.
“I think it’s becoming increasingly easy for offenders to come in contact online with increasingly younger and younger child victims,” said Captain Chuck Cohen with Indiana State Police.
Cohen said Indiana is seeing more child pornography, online child solicitation and online child sexual extortion each year.
“As an example we receive reports form the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for the calendar year 2017 we received 2,291 reports,” he said.
Last year, it was 2,119, in 2015 it was 2,055 and in 2014 the number was 1,707 according to data Cohen provided.
He said the investigations often go beyond Indiana, require skilled investigators, are technically complex and more and more expensive.
“I am looking for a way to create a