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Investigating Internet Sex Crimes

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Like most 'new' forms of communication, people use it for a lot of good things, but they also find ways to abuse it.

That's how Minot Police Department Sgt. Dave Goodman describes the internet.

He says that while it may not be 'new,' law enforcement officers are evolving the way internet crime is patrolled.

Internet Crimes Against Children Investigators are local officers actively watching for criminal activity online.

(Sgt. Dave Goodman, Minot Police Department) "We have five officers with the Minot Police Department that are trained Internet Crimes Against Children investigators and we have two that are actively pursuing criminals that are online."

Cases like 19-year-old Nicholas Thiel who was arrested on Wednesday for internet related contacts with children in the Minot area.

Sgt. Goodman says the Thiel investigation started in January after a tip about the content of communication under the false identity 'Brandon Heirs.'

Goodman served Facebook with a search warrant in April.

Facebook replied within a week with more than 31-hundred pages of content from the 'Brandon Heirs' page.

Sgt. Goodman says both companies like Facebook, and local law enforcement are becoming more efficient in solving internet crime.

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