MEDINA — The Medina County Sheriff’s Office received a computer system Thursday that will help sheriff’s detectives investigate child sexual predators online.
The $3,400 equipment was provided by the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, a national organization that promotes Internet safety, and Moose International.
Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Colonius said the equipment, known as “Cop-in-a-Box,” includes a high-speed computer, monitor, keyboard and laser printer. The program also includes training for officers.
Colonius said deputies would use the equipment to investigate people who are manufacturing, distributing or sharing child pornography online or soliciting children online.
With the equipment, “We’re going to be able to reach out and do a lot more to protect the kids of this county,” Sheriff Neil Hassinger said.
Hassinger said that parents often aren’t aware of what their children are up to online.
“Incredibly, a lot of parents don’t realize there’s a problem until it’s too late,” he said.
Mike Thatcher, Ohio State Moose Association Safe Surfin’ chairman, presented the equipment to the Sheriff’s Office.
“This will enable you to identify, detect and apprehend predators more quickly,” Thatcher said.
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