August 31, 2014
It was an anonymous online tip that led police to 26-year-old Jeremiah Banks, not just for allegedly possessing child pornography, but also allegedly molesting a young girl.
The CyberTipline is known to local law enforcement agencies and internet service providers.
But, not many people in our community know it exists.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children set-up the website in 1998.
The Congressionally-mandated cyber tip line is a reporting mechanism for cases of child exploitation.
It's open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Workers say most of their inquiries come from the public.
But, several cases are reported by internet service providers.
In fact, they're required by law to notify cybertipline if anything illegal is taking place on their site.
The U-S Department of Justice says one in five children, between 10 and 17 years old, receive unwanted sexual solicitations online.
And, one in five girls will be sexually exploited before adulthood.
The percentage is much less for boys...one in 10 will be assaulted.
Yet, less than 35-percent those assaults are reported.