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Published: Friday, 11/18/2011

Ohio AG to create 15-person unit to investigate sexual abuse of children, child pornography


COLUMBUS— Ohio's attorney general says he's creating a new 15-person unit to investigate cases of child pornography and sexual abuse of children.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Friday the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation will have a new group of experts who will troll the Internet for predators who are trying to connect sexually with young people. The unit will also help law enforcement officials by analyzing computers, cell phones and other devices for evidence.

DeWine says at least 40 percent of those arrested for possessing child pornography have also sexually victimized children.

As part of a new effort to combat sex crimes against children, DeWine says his office will have a team of child advocates, special prosecutors and investigators dedicated to responding to instances of abuse.

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