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It also helped snag Eric Hakala, a 37-year-old who created a Facebook account for “Mike Evans,” a fake 15-year-old high school student he concocted as a way to communicate with and solicit sex from teenage girls.One girl reported Hakala to the police after he confessed he was “much older” and asked if that would “scare her off,” so law enforcement set up a sting operation using RADAR technology on the teen’s phone.“There were no solutions at the time for law enforcement to monitor or protect, let alone make convictions,” he says.“There were no protocols or proven methods of evidence-gathering when cellphones were involved in exploiting children.It includes built-in tools to help officers manage their cases, overseeing multiple suspects and investigations simultaneously.At the end of a sting, RADAR is used to establish the chain of custody of all evidence, from the first unlawful act through conviction.Police then arrested Hakala and charged him with indecent solicitation of a child, distribution of harmful material and child pornography. Lotter created the software in 2008 while volunteering for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California.A friend of his, a detective in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, was working a case involving an 11-year-old girl.

“When I realized how easy it was to exploit children, I made it my personal mission in life to stop this kind of evil from happening,” Lotter explains.According to the Crimes Against Children Research Center, one in seven U. teenagers who regularly use the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation online, yet 75 percent of children do not tell a parent when contact like this occurs.Carol Todd wishes her daughter had spoken up; Amanda committed suicide in 2012 after an online predator coerced her into removing clothing on camera—and then blackmailed her, threatening to send the topless images to her classmates if she didn’t take more photos.“Parents are responsible for their children’s physical life as well as their online lives.”“I’ll take the invasion-of-privacy lawsuit from my kids rather than attend their funeral or therapy sessions for life,” says cyber safety specialist and former Ontario Police detective Rob Nickel.“I have seen the effects of online predators and bullies.

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