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Marathon Co. Ramps Up Internet Predator InvestigationsSubmitted: 02/27/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

Marathon Co. Ramps Up Internet Predator Investigations
WAUSAU - One in seven children will be propositioned by predators online.

But the Marathon County Sheriff's Department will soon have more tools to help catch online predators. This month they joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Most Sheriff's Departments already have divisions that deal with investigating internet crimes. Marathon County does, too. But becoming a member of ICAC will open up more opportunities for funding.

The money will help them with their biggest struggle in fighting internet crime.

"Staying with the times. We've been having, I don't want to say difficulty keeping up with the times, but it's expensive, it's time consuming. We cannot ignore resources like this and try to continue," says Lt. Greg Bean.

The department hopes to use the money to hire more officers. They would be specifically committed to catching online predators.

Lt. Bean says they just joined the program, but they've already requested to add the new position of Technology Detective.

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