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Training held by unit specializing in internet crimes against children

Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 05:27 PM EDT


A two-day training seminar is taking place at Oglebay Park this week for law enforcement, and other personnel that work to investigate and prosecute Internet crimes against children.

The training is being held by the West Virginia Crimes Against Children Task Force Wednesday and Thursday.

Sgt. James Kozik, ICAC task force commander, said thousands are trading child pornography or trying to exploit children on the Internet every day.

“Every year are numbers go up on the amount of cases that we handle," said Kozik.

Kozik said 91 affiliates that work with ICAC are exchanging ideas and learning new technology at the conference.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, with the Northern District, was the keynote speaker at the event. Ihlenfeld said the job these officers do isn’t easy.

“It's one of the hardest jobs in law enforcement, in my opinion.

Investigating these types of cases is tough. There is a high burnout rate,” said Ihlenfeld.

There are 19 state troopers involved in ICAC and they cover all 55 counties of West Virginia.

Training held by unit specializing in internet crimes against children

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