Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Putnam Sheriff Seeks Grant To Fight Child Porn

The Putnam County sheriff's department hopes to be able to devote more time to the investigation of child pornography cases -- if they are able to obtain a grant which would pay for the salary of a full-time investigator for the next three years. The grant is being offered through an organization dedicated to pursuing Internet crimes against children. In Putnam County, Detective Jimmy Patterson is the man responsible for investigating such cases, but he also has to deal with other child abuse and sex abuse reports -- not just those that occur online. Patterson told the county commission this week that he is able to spend about 10 to 15 percent of his time on child pornography investigations, and says that means most of what gets done is reactive rather than proactive. The commission authorized the sheriff's department to apply for the grant, which is one of only three that will be awarded statewide. They must have their application in by Monday.