Internet and Computer Crime

logo2_-_smaller.pngThe Cybercrime section of the Office of the District Attorney is responsible for the investigation of crime committed online, with a focus on Internet Crimes Against Children.

As an affiliated agency of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, detectives from the Office of the District Attorney proactively investigate the online trading of child pornography, child luring, and online child sexual exploitation. 

Such investigations include monitoring online networks, social media sites, and other Internet sites for the trading of child pornography images and videos, as well as conducting undercover operations to discover child predators using the Internet to sexually exploit children.  Detectives also receive and investigate tips submitted through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when such tips involve incidents that have occurred in Monroe County.

Beyond initiating and conducting their own investigations, Detectives support local law enforcement efforts in combating online crime by lending investigative support to local police departments as needed.

Detectives specializing in Internet and Computer Crime have received extensive training in Internet Crimes Against Children, investigation of other types of online crime, and the forensic investigation and analysis of computer systems. 

In addition to the criminal investigative duties of the Internet and Computer Crime Unit, detectives provide educational awareness presentations to the public on topics such as online safety for children.

To contact the Internet and Computer Crimes Unit, contact Detective Brian Webbe at (570) 517-3114 or by email at bwebbe@monroecountypa.gov.

To report a case of online child sexual exploitation, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or by visiting http://www.missingkids.com

You may also file a complaint by visiting our File a Complaint page.

If a child is in immediate danger, please call your local police or dial 911.



2015 Internet Crimes Against Children Statistics

Below are the 2015 statistics concerning Internet Crimes Against Children-related investigations conducted by the Detective Unit of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office.

These statistics represent investigations into the use of offenders to sexually exploit children online and the manufacture, dissemination, and possession of child pornography online.

 

Category / Offense

Total Cases Investigated

Traveler (Attempted IDSI or SSA)

1

Online Sexual Enticement

3

Unlawful Contact w/ Minor

5

Child Pornography (manufacture)

1

Child pornography (dissemination)

13

Child Pornography (possession)

7

 

 

Total Cases Investigated

30

 

Investigation Results

Totals

Total Arrests

12

 

 

Cases Unfounded

3

Prosecution Declined

5

Cases Referred to Other Agencies

6

 

Case Dispositions

Totals

Guilty Pleas to Offense Charged

4

Guilty Plea to Lesser Charge

0

Trials

1

Still Pending

7

 

Other Statistics

Totals

Cybertips Received from NCMEC

10

Cybertips Resulting in Arrest

4

 

 

Court Orders / Subpoenas Served

43

Search Warrants Executed

21

 

 


A "traveler" case is defined as a incident of an adult traveling to a specific location with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor.  These cases arise out of undercover online investigations where detectives pose as minor children and are solicited for sex by adults.