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Juvenile Investigation Completed

December 3, 2015

(Anchorage, AK) – The Anchorage Police Department has completed its investigation of allegations involving several juveniles from July 26, 2015. The Anchorage Police Department has provided the investigative reports related to all aspects of the incidents, including communications exchanged between the juveniles and the alleged assault(s).

The Division of Juvenile Justice will review all aspects of the case in conjunction with the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office and will determine what juvenile delinquency proceedings are warranted, if any. Under Alaska law, all juvenile delinquency proceedings are strictly confidential and are not available to the public.

Law enforcement agencies in Anchorage have fielded several questions about Internet Crimes against Children. This general information is provided in response to those concerns.

The production, possession and distribution of child pornography are serious offenses under Alaska law, and can carry long prison terms for adult offenders. Child pornography is defined as an image or video depicting sexual conduct involving a child under 18 years or the lewd exhibition of a child’s genitals.

The growing availability of high-speed internet access and internet enabled mobile devices has led to a significant increase in the number of investigations related to child pornography and Internet child sexual exploitation.

Predators use the Internet to attempt to exploit children in our community. Parents are often unaware of the dangers of allowing their children unsupervised access to mobile devices and the Internet.

There is no exception under Alaska law for children who produce images of child pornography. Children under the age of 18 are not subject to prosecution as adults for offenses related to the production, possession, or distribution of child pornography, but can face juvenile delinquency proceedings.

Law enforcement agencies in Alaska follow nationwide protocols established by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (MCMEC) in making appropriate decisions in cases where children are producing, possessing or distributing images or videos of child pornography.

The Alaska Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The mission of the Alaska ICAC Task Force is to protect Alaska’s children through community education and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those who commit Internet crimes against children. 

Parents, educators, and members of our community can learn more about protecting children by accessing the NCMEC child education outreach program at http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents.

The first line of defense when it comes to preventing child sexual exploitation are informed and active parents who monitor their children’s Internet usage.

CONTACT:  District Attorney Clint Campion @ (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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