"AMERICA'S MOST WANTED" HIGHLIGHTS FIRST-IN-THE-NATION STATEWIDE CYBERCRIME SWEEP USING GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT ONLINE PREDATORS SATURDAY, JUNE 13, ON FOX
June 9, 2009 � The Internet may have revolutionized communications, but it also has provided a convenient cover for those who make and distribute child pornography. State-of-the-art technology is now revolutionizing the way law enforcement fights back. On Saturday, June 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), AMERICA'S MOST WANTED and host John Walsh will show viewers how authorities in Florida are using sophisticated technology to achieve big results in the fight against child pornography.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist, while serving as the state's attorney general, created the CyberCrime Unit in 2005 to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. Under Florida's current Attorney General, Bill McCollum, the CyberCrime Unit has expanded to include a staff of more than 30 in five offices throughout the state.
A task force made up of the CyberCrime Unit, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and local authorities recently conducted "Operation Orange Tree." During the successful operation, AMW crews were on-hand as agents used a new high-tech tool to pinpoint locations where child porn was being downloaded and to take down the suspected predators. While highlighting the advanced technology, the crime-fighting TV show will also ask its viewers to help cops locate several suspected predators who've slipped through law enforcement's net.
In its 22 seasons, AMW and its viewers have helped capture more than 1,060 dangerous criminals, including dozens of child predators.
AMERICA'S MOST WANTED airs Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. AMW is produced by STF Productions, Inc. Lance Heflin is executive producer, and Steve Katz serves as co-executive producer.