Cyber Tips Lead to More Child Porn Cases in North Platte

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Police are receiving more cyber tips when it comes to internet crimes, and the North Platte Police Department says the case load has tripled in the last six months.

Bigger companies like Google and Microsoft are developing software to combat crimes like child pornography.

On Thursday 57-year-old James Burnside of North Platte was arrested at his home, for child pornography.

Police Investigator John Deal says after searching Burnside's home and electronic tablet they found an illegal picture police say he uploaded to his Facebook account.

"What we do once we get the tip sent to us is I will usually contact Facebook get information about the account and look at the image they suspected was illegal and then move on from there," said Deal.

In a technology driven society Investigator Deal says bigger companies like Facebook, Google, and even Microsoft are helping to combat illegal pictures and videos that are uploaded.

"Microsoft has actually come up with a way to actually filter pictures that are uploaded to email services or cloud storage. They found a way to compare images that are uploaded to their servers to a database of known child victims," said Deal.

If they find an illegal picture they send that information to the national center for missing and exploited children and a cyber tip is created and the tip finds it's way to Deal's desk.

"We're seeing an increase in cyber tips just based on that software it's very accurate," said Deal.

It's that type of a tip deal says sparked another investigation just last week in North Platte.

This time, a 16-year-old boy was arrested after Deal says he was uploading child pornography to his cloud account.

"Microsoft obviously doesn't want that on their server so they take it down right away generate a cyber tip and let law enforcement follow up on it," said Deal.

It's a crime deal says isn't going away and takes time to investigate, but he says it's certainly something the police department will stay on top of the best they can.


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