County District Attorney Kenneth Magidson recently presented a
check for $50,000 to the Pasadena Independent School District
Police Department for the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against
Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The Pasadena ISD Police Department was
selected by the Department of Justice and its Office of Juvenile
Justice Delinquency Prevention to lead the ICAC program in
February 2008 because of the department's history of successful
investigation of internet crimes against children. The Houston
Metro ICAC Task Force is composed
of multiple police agencies within the Harris County area who
work cooperatively to investigate child exploitation crimes.
The funds are being presented to aid the
investigation and prosecution of persons involved in Child
Exploitation Crimes through the use of the Internet. These
discretionary funds are available from the Asset Forfeiture
Division and are funds seized from criminal activity. In this
way, money seized from criminals is being used to aid in the
capture and prosecution of defendants.
According to records, the number of these
crimes has increased significantly as the use of internet has
increased. Since the inception of the task force in February,
over 50 cases involving Internet crimes against children have
been investigated and brought before the Harris County District
Attorney for prosecution.
Police Lt. Matt Gray has led the efforts behind the many
internet crime stings conducted by the department over the past
year, in addition to performing various other duties for the
department. The district is working with 59 other law
enforcement agencies and the National Center for Exploited
Children as they investigate those who prey on children using
technology and the internet.
investigating online child predators, the one thing that I
always keep in mind is that there is always a 'live' victim
somewhere," Gray said. "We then use the information we have to
capture their offender and take them offline and off the