Catching Internet Predators
Anderson investigates Internet crimes fulltime, while posing as a teenage girl.
"The enticement of children online is rapidly growing and vastly underreported," he said.
Anderson has arrested dozens of predators, in and outside of Missouri, by using AOL, Facebook, Myspace and other social networking sites.
On Thursday in Columbia, the Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested Raymond Grossich of Illinois on suspicion of child enticement for soliciting for sex what he thought was a 13-year-old girl. Deputies said Grossich drove to Columbia after contacting Anderson online and exposing himself on a web cam during their conversation.
Anderson said an arrest is just part of the job because investigators can take up to 80 hours combing through each seized computer, trying to identify other victims. Anderson also said research shows 80% of adults linked to kiddie porn have molested a child.
"Every time we catch somebody trying to solicit a child for sex, that's several kids we're preventing from being molested," he explained.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department has been catching Internet predators for the past two years. The department will start an Internet Crimes Task Force in January to work with Columbia police against online predators.
Reported by Jeremy Maskel