Milwaukee Co. DA joins task force to fight Internet crimes against children
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MILWAUKEE - The Internet makes it easier for dangerous child predators to find their victims, and harder for law enforcement to catch the criminals.
But now a state wide task force aimed at taking down the bad guys has a new team member.
If you think it's unusual to see the Attorney General and Milwaukee County District Attorney on the same team, guess again.
"It actually really isn't unusual," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
At times they are political rivals but right now they are joining forces with the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Milwaukee County is the first DA's office to join the task force.
"They are able to bring us those resources," said John Chisholm, Milwaukee County's District Attorney. "They are able to bring us that specialty and they also able to give us opportunities to consult with them, with experts within that field and develop a wider base of knowledge."
Since 2005 the state says the task force has assisted in more than 800 arrests with a record 130 arrests last year alone.
"We can have greater efficiencies, greater marginal efficiencies when we work together as a collective," said Van Hollen.
Both agree the job of finding Internet sexual predators gets harder and harder as technology changes faster than the laws needed to catch the criminals. But that doesn't mean law enforcement is losing the battle.
"So to the degree that we can ferret them out and take them off the streets we believe we are reducing child sexual assaults just by virtue of getting somebody who is likely an assailant, off of the streets, " said Van Hollen.