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Props To AG’s Child Porn Task Force

ALAN WILSON’S OFFICE PROTECTING SC CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS … Earlier today this website wrote on the case of Timothy DeFoggi, the cybersecurity director at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) who was convicted this week on some of the most disturbing child pornography charges we’ve ever heard…

ALAN WILSON’S OFFICE PROTECTING SC CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS …

Earlier today this website wrote on the case of Timothy DeFoggi, the cybersecurity director at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) who was convicted this week on some of the most disturbing child pornography charges we’ve ever heard of …

Scary, scary stuff, people …

DeFoggi’s case is a perfect example of the limitations of individual liberty – and the need for government to step in and protect the individual liberties of our most vulnerable citizens.  In fact we can’t think of a more essential function of government than keeping children – especially infants and toddlers – safe from these sorts of depraved predators.

Seriously … there is nothing more important a society (or a government) can do than provide protection to those who lack the ability to protect themselves.

Here in South Carolina, a special task force has been working for the past nine years on precisely such a mission.  And while this website rarely sings the praises of new government agencies – this is one case in which the praise is richly deserved.

The Internet Crimes Again Children (ICAC) task force was created in 2005.  Part of the Attorney General’s office, it works with fifty-five participating agencies at the local, state and federal level.  Its mission is simple: To keep South Carolina children safe from online predators – and to bring to justice those who produce, solicit or distribute child pornography.

Since its inception, the task force has achieved more than 300 convictions – with numerous other cases pending before the courts.  It also provides vital public awareness services – including one full-time staffer who makes safety presentations across the state to equip children, parents and guardians with the tools they need to reduce their risk of being victimized.

“Several ICAC-related arrests this month arrest are a reminder that predators are real,” Wilson told FITS. “The ICAC Task Force works every day to protect South Carolina’s children from those who wish them harm. Predators no longer lurk on playgrounds, but now cruise the Internet looking for victims. When they are caught, it’s our duty to vigorously prosecute these cases, and to seek serious punishment for those who are convicted of harming a child.”

Just this week, Wilson’s office arrested a Donalds, S.C. man and charged him with the sexual exploitation of a minor child.

FITS knows some of the staffers who participate in this task force’s effort – and frankly we don’t know how they do it.  One member of the task force told us how “it’s impossible not to take the job home with you.” Another remarked that they have to watch so many violently disturbing videos that they “can still hear the screaming” at night.

Wow …

“The ICAC task force members truly are unsung heroes,” one of Wilson’s top staffers told us.  “They work far more than forty hours each week, and their responsibilities take them into the darkest, sickest corners of society.  And they do it all, day in and day out, with one goal in mind: helping keep kids safe. It’s impossible to say too much about the fantastic job they do.”

Amen to that …

We don’t often beat our Bibles (in addition to detesting big government, we detest holier-than-thou moralizers), but there is a passage in the Book of Matthew – the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, actually – in which we are reminded that we will ultimately be judged on how we treat “the least of these.”

That strikes us as a universal truth … whether you embrace a particular religion or not.

Anyway, props to the “unsung heroes” of Wilson’s task force.  We are exceedingly grateful for the difficult work they do on behalf of the “least of these” in South Carolina.

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12 comments

GrandTango's Mom August 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

GrandTango is sweating it after reading this.

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I Am Only Afraid of God August 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

The task force also probes around in every single person’s system. Even reporters. And they do this without search warrants.
Crime is everywhere …. look at House Speaker Bobby Harrell if you do not think so. We all know how the upper class with money can buy their justice in this state. I’ve seen it before. And we all will see it time and time again. Judges in this state do get envelopes handed to them under the table.

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euwe max August 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

It’s a good thing Harrell wasn’t indicted for child porn.

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LD August 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

that would make it legal in this state

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euwe max August 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Wilson might have to recuse himself.

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Same ol' Same ol' August 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Defoggi was the cyber chief, looks like he’d have known how to not get caught, but I’m glad they got him.
Those crimes are incomprehensible and I’m glad we have someone in SC looking after it.

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Bible Thumper August 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Luke 17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

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Thomas August 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Fits thumping the Bible? It goes like this Fits, nothing unclean can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Got that one? You know, many are invited, few allowed to enter the banquet? He doesn’t know you? Gnashing of teeth and all?

Wilson needs a gimmick to win reelection. The old standard used to be pot busts. Nothing can take away the fact that criminal prosecutions in SC or in the Federal government is a joke. SC’s AG Wilson is especially noteworthy for breaking the law himself while ignoring crimes from his friends and cohorts. Rep Wilson, Alan Wilson’s step-dad especially a spineless creature who has ignored veteran’s healthcare in his own district while voting to cut their cost of living increases.

Gushing affection for Wilson’s office at this time really shows your intentions. As for the decidedly protestant bent on Fits’ christian pronouncements, here is a story that bears witnessing.

http://itccs.org/2014/08/20/child-sacrifice-ritual-stopped-and-pope-francis-set-to-resign/

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Smirks August 29, 2014 at 4:49 pm

The kind of people who get off on this kind of stuff have to have some really fucked up mental disorder or something. Sad world we live in.

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RHood2 August 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Kind of glosses over the fact that Alan Wilson wasn’t in office when this was created.

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edr August 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Lexington County undercover deputy arrest 65 year old man for
sexual exploitation of minor. Bond set at 400,000,4 years later he pleads
guilty of 10 counts of third degree sexual exploitation of minor.Sentenced to
10 years, reduced to 5 years probation and 18 months house arrest after
he hired Jack Swerling to defend him.

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Rural Batman August 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

We need more legislation for protecting people with mental Illness. There is a situation going on right now with a Bi-Polar/ skitsofrantic 31 year old who is being taken advantage of sexually by a 48 year old convicted felon. She is out of her mind right now to the point of talking to herself and laughing at nothing.This girl comes from a good family, went to an upscale, very expensive collage and has now being controlled by a 48 year old convicted felon. He parents are powerless to help her.There should be a law against preying on mentally ill people sexually.

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