Ark. AG launches cyber crime unit to fight online child pornography, exploitation

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is launching a “cyber crimes” unit in his office that will work on investigations involving child pornography and exploitation online, according to an Associated Press report.

McDaniel on Thursday announced the start of the unit within his office’s special investigations division. The new unit will investigate Internet crimes against children statewide and pursue criminal convictions through those investigations.

The attorney general also said the new unit will use a $500,000 forensic laboratory to examine electronic evidence seized through the investigations. Money for the unit comes from lawsuit settlement proceeds. 

McDaniel said the unit will deliver its investigations to local prosecutors to pursue cases, or prosecutors can “deputize” one of the attorney general’s lawyers for cases.

He said Arkansas is the 20th attorney general’s office to have a cyber crimes unit.


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