Henry McMaster

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Attorney General Henry McMaster

South Carolina ICAC Task Force Overview

The increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with under-aged victims present both a significant threat to the health and safety of young people and a formidable challenge for law enforcement. In response to this problem, the FY 1998 Justice Appropriations Act, Public Law 105-119, directed OJJDP to stimulate creation of a national network of "State and local law enforcement cyber units to investigate child sexual exploitation."

Through this Congressional direction, OJJDP created the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program. The purpose of the ICAC program is to help State and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyberenticement and child pornography cases that encompass forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.

South Carolina's Task Force is operated through the Attorney General's Office and works closely with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) (the chief ICAC investigation agency in the state), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and several local agencies around the state. In addition to investigating and prosecuting child sexual exploitation, the S.C. ICAC Task Force also provides statewide training to law enforcement and prosecutors in various practical investigative and forensic areas, as well as distribution of materials such as mouse pads and mugs to various community and law enforcement groups. These materials promote this web site which, in turn, serves as a resource to parents, children, teachers and law enforcement to find information on how everyone can promote online safety for children.

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