How you can help put child predators behind bars

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Operation Predator gives all the information you need to spot criminals.

There is an app that sends alerts to your phone.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (WOAI) - There is a new, innovative way where everyday, average people are putting criminals in jail.

A Converse man is sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison for receiving child pornography. 25 year old Peter Groce was sentenced Friday. Melissa Vega dug deeper into the federal agency that investigates child predators, and also how you can help get them behind bars.

Every day, Immigration Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigations are tracking suspected child predators. The agency says sexual abuse of children over the internet is a growing problem. Last fiscal year more than 2,000 people were arrested by the federal agency under Operation Predator.

Operation Predator shows the profiles of the most wanted fugitives and suspected child predators the agency is looking for. They're from all over the country. Not only can you see their pictures and profiles on your computer, but also on your phone.

ICE's Home Land Security investigations has a phone app that makes it easy for you to be on alert for suspected predators. Whenever a new person is added to the list, you will get an alert on your phone.

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