- ‘Welcome to the edge of freedom’: Biden’s boots touch down in DMZ
- Obama: Hole U.S. ‘digging out of’ requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
Agency marks 25 years of rescuing kids
A: Yes. We just honored an investigator [District Attorney Wayne Cox] in Humboldt County, California. Working with him, we were able to resolve a case of a little boy [Curtis Huntzinger, 14] who was killed 18 years ago and whose body was disposed of in a forest area, but whose mom had never forgotten.
What we were able to do was to revisit the case, look at the files, reassemble the files, conduct some new interviews, and follow up on the prime suspect, who after 18 years, confessed. And in order to find the body of the little boy, [Mr. Cox] and some volunteers had to persuade authorities to clear a part of a forest that had grown up over the 18 years. In using various kinds of in-ground detectors, we were able to locate the child’s remains. So this family was able to bury their child, and this offender, who had been walking free for 18 years, is now being prosecuted and is going to be brought to justice. Those kinds of tools and techniques didn’t exist 25 years ago.
Q: What are some issues that trouble you today?
A: One of the things we’ve seen with the advent of the Internet is the explosion of a problem we thought was under control, and that is child pornography. We have discovered that there are far more people who are attracted to, and consumers of, that kind of content than we ever thought possible. And we are discovering that many of those people don’t just look at the pictures … they offend against real children.
We have a child-identification program and a team of analysts who review 200,000 images and videos of child pornography a week. This staff of analysts have now reviewed about 24 million child-pornography images, trying to place these children somewhere on Planet Earth, so we can work with local law-enforcement agencies… to try to identify the child, give the child help. And by identifying the child, it usually leads you to the perpetrator.
This is a really a daunting task … we are looking at different kinds of challenges than we were looking at 25 years ago.
Q: Switching to the issue of abductions by a family member, do you see anything different?
A: It’s a very difficult problem, because in family abductions, the abductor usually has help … . But the good news over 25 years, I think, is that law enforcement and the courts take the problem far more seriously than ever before. Twenty-five years ago, it wasn’t even a crime to abduct your own child; today it is, and one of the things we grapple with is international family abductions … .
We still encounter the attitude, ‘Well, the kid’s with a parent, how bad can it be?’ Well, it can be pretty bad. And what we have learned over 25 years is that in 80 percent of these cases, the motive for the abduction of a child is not love of a child, it’s anger or revenge directed at the other spouse. So what we’ve tried to do is change the way law enforcement and the courts look at these problems and to view them primarily from the viewpoint of what’s in the best interest of the child … .
Q: And your missing-child recovery rate is …
A: Ninety-seven percent this year. So I think it’s dramatic, and I think it speaks volumes … that there is a system in this country to address these problems.
About the Author
Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
- Panel seeks 'surveillance' system for gay blood donors
- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Embryonic stem cell research falls out of favor as scientists go ethical
- With new HIV research, FDA may let gay men donate blood
- HHS report shows a decrease in blood supply but also a drop in demand
Latest Blog Entries
- Pro-life, stem-cell bill signed into law by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
- N. Dakota lawmakers approve tough abortion bill
- Pope Benedict XVI's successor should allow priests to get a new title: Husband, poll finds
- House votes to reject Obama welfare shift
- Report: Two out of three Democrats support gay marriage
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Obama tries to calm Israeli fears over Iranian nuke deal 'not based on trust'
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- EDITORIAL: Our ideological president
- Snow storm sucker punch: U.S. hit by winter wave
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is 'slap in the face' to Roman Catholics
- KEENE: Nelson Mandela's legacy
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Opinion, analysis, and musings on politics, pop culture, reinvention, and the resultant flotsam and jetsam floating around the right-of-center quadrant of the Left Coast.
The cold hard truth about politics in America today and the state of this once great nation.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!