Computer program will help Goose Creek track predators

As technology advances, internet crimes are increasing.

“It has evolved from chatting,” said Micah Fogle, an investigator for the Goose Creek Police Department who is trained in computer forensics.

Now the department is armed to fight those crimes, thanks to a donation from the Virginia-based Safe Surfin’ Foundation and its supporting partner, Moose International.

The department received a “Cop-in-a-Box” hardware and software computer package to help identify and apprehend Internet sexual predators.

“Giving a unit to Goose Creek was a no-brainer,” said Chip Payne, commander of the South Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “It is a strong department and already had an investigator who has been trained in computer forensics.”

Many internet predators share videos and photos online. The Cop-in-a-Box program is specially designed to trace child pornography traders, Payne said.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department also uses the program, and Dorchester and Charleston counties recently sent officers to training but are not yet using the program.

“It will be a tremendous asset to us in our investigations,” said Goose Creek Captain Dave Soderberg. “It allows us to connect with other agencies so we can go after all parties involved in these crimes.”



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