Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
The goal of the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is to aggressively investigate cases involving the online exploitation of children and child pornography.
The task force was formed in 2009 and is comprised of investigators from the following agencies:
- Franklin County Sheriff's Office
- Columbus Division of Police
- Upper Arlington Police Department
- Westerville Police Department
- Grove City Police Department
- Whitehall Police Department
- Grandview Heights Police Department
- Hilliard Police Department
- Homeland Security Investigation (HSI/ICE)
- U.S. Secret Service
- Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- Ohio Attorney General's Office BCI&I
- Pickaway County Sheriff's Office
- Circleville Police Department
To date, the task force has executed more than 580 search warrants, arrested more than 550 individuals and identified more than 250 child victims, all stemming from child pornography or child exploitation investigations.
Complaints Received: 59
Forensic Exams Completed: 1,032
Search Warrants Executed: 133
Total Hours Worked: 11,449
Total Arrests: 104
Complaints Received: 113
Forensic Exams Completed: 457
Search Warrants Executed: 120
Total Hours Worked: 13,109
Total Arrests: 124
Complaints Received: 45
Forensic Exams Completed: 461
Search Warrants Executed: 98
Total Hours Worked: 10,955
Total Arrests: 114
Task force investigators offer internet safety presentations to parents, teachers, various groups and members of the community. The presentations are typically two hours long and focus on the potential dangers the internet poses to our youth, warning signs to look for and ways to prevent youth from becoming a victim of an online sexual predator.
To schedule a presentation, please contact Corporal Jeff Zech at 614-525-3448.
To report criminal activity to the Franklin County ICAC Task Force, call 614-525-3448 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Always keep computers in a common area of the home.
- Set rules for computer usage in your household; what internet sites your children can go to, what times they can be on the computer, and for how long.
- Remember, handheld devices such as iPods, iPhones, tablets, etc. are just like computers and the same caution that is applied to computers should be applied to them as well.
- Encourage children to not add anyone to their social networking friends list unless they actually know the person.
- Parents should communicate with their children and discuss internet safety together.