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Karl Gehring The Denver Post Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Chris Andrist pulls a hard drive from a confiscated computer at the agency’s computer crime lab in Lakewood earlier this month.
Internet predators have no idea to whom they’re talking, another agent says.
And while the arrests often lead to convictions, jail is a different matter. But the costs would be outrageous.” Harris, who has spent more than a decade investigating predators who lure children online, has made 149 such arrests since 1996.
“A lot of the public says they should all go to prison,” said Mike Harris, an investigator with the Jefferson County district attorney’s office, which has made a priority of online sex stings. Last year alone, Harris’ investigations led to 44 arrests.
Despite the arrests each year in Colorado of hundreds of predators who attempt to meet children on the Internet for sex, few of those arrested in stings do any jail time for a first offense. Internet sex stings, where police pose as children, are resulting in a growing number of arrests here and nationwide.
The stings have received a lot of media attention, from the NBC “Dateline” segments that show grown-ups as they arrive for a sex rendezvous with someone they think is a child, to the arrest of Colorado radio personality Scott Cortelyou.
And this year, he is on a pace to more than double the 2006 total.
Cases increasing Law-enforcement agencies trumpet arrests, and the media is typically quick to report the cases, including one last month in which Cortelyou, a radio business reporter, was arrested after an alleged Internet chat with an undercover officer. The bigger the splash these cases make in the media, the more attention they bring to a problem that more than likely has not crested, experts say.Its members made 61 arrests in 2005 and 72 last year, and have made 12 this year.