Computer, software donated to sheriff's office

Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 03:53 PM.

“In Craven County, just within the last couple of weeks, the sheriff’s department there has charged a person from out of the county, somebody in the triangle, with communicating with an underage person by the Internet, and we have a pending charge there,” Buck said.

Buck said that software on the computer helps authorities identify sexual predators.

“It works in chat rooms,” he said. “It will help us trace back from the victim’s computer to the actual offender, so they can be located. Often times the offender is not local. They’re not within a two- or three-county range. Sometimes they are in another part of North Carolina. Sometimes we have even had them from out of state.”

District Attorney Scott Thomas said the computers and software would help authorities identify, investigate and prosecute child sex predators.

“Predators use technology and it helps us as we build strong cases to have the technology to be able to build strong cases and prove those cases in court,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to get a good strong conviction and then a severe sentence and punishment.”

Brown said an estimated 88 to 90 million children use the Internet.

“Lord only knows how many sexual predators there are,” he said. “What these sexual predators do to our children is beyond belief.”

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