Jump in FBI child porn cases leads to lab backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) - Auditors say the FBI's stepped up effort to
fight Internet child pornography has led to an evidence backlog in
the bureau's computer labs.

The Justice Department's inspector general says the number of
such cases handled by the FBI rose more than 20-fold between the
1996 and 2007 budget years.

As a result, the heavy volume meant it took an average of about
two months to examine such evidence in 2007 - and even as long as
nine months.

The FBI has built a new lab in Maryland to handle the increased
demand. The FBI agreed with the inspector general's recommendations
to create deadlines to reduce the backlog.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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