Santa Clara County Ramps Up Child Porn Crackdown

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Going after child pornographers is about to become a higher priority in Santa Clara County.

Friday, Santa Clara County approved its 2013 budget – it’s a $4.1 Billion budget which includes funding for a new child exploitation unit within the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

At any given time, the county has close to two-dozen warrants ready to be served on suspects accused of peddling child pornography.

“If you look at the statistics, 70 – 80% of those who are online looking at child porn have either molested a child or will molest a child and so that’s very alarming to us and so we were able to create that unit to fight,” explained Supervisor George Shirakawa.

For now, Santa Clara County’s child exploitation unit will consist of just two Sheriff’s deputies, but officials hope to expand the unit in the future.

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