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PRESS PHOTO BY NATE JASTRZEMSKIAccording to the release by Chief Mark DiLuzio, the new investigative unit is in response to a growing need to combat crimes against children and the public’s concern for their safety. PRESS PHOTO BY NATE JASTRZEMSKIAccording to the release by Chief Mark DiLuzio, the new investigative unit is in response to a growing need to combat crimes against children and the public’s concern for their safety.

City police announce new child porn unit

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com in Local News

The city of Bethlehem announced in a release June 15 a new cybercrime unit has been created to work with other local and state units to combat internet child pornography and abuse.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit will be part of the State ICAC Task Force and will work along with the Lehigh County Computer Crime Task Force and the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, located at DeSales University.

According to the release by Chief Mark DiLuzio, this is in response to a growing need to combat crimes against children and the public’s concern for their safety. The ICAC Task Force Units provide law enforcement with an effective response to technology facilitated child sexual exploitation and internet crimes against children. Detectives assigned to this unit are trained in forensic computer examinations, criminal investigation, technical assistance and multi-agency cooperation. Detectives will offer educational training to the public on issues of sexting, cypher crimes, and other internet-related issues.

The unit will be part of the existing Criminal Investigation Division and will work in cooperation with the Special Victims Unit. It will engage in both proactive and reactive investigations of persons involved in internet child abuse. There will be four city detectives trained in internet undercover operations and computer forensic examination whose jobs are to respond to and combat online internet enticement of children by sexual predators, the proliferation of child exploitation, child obscenity and child pornography. They will target individuals who traffic or engage in the business of child victimization, exploitation and pornography.

The Pennsylvania ICAC Task Force is commanded out of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. Detectives assigned to the BPD ICAC Unit are Det. Sgt. Robert Toronzi, Special Victims Detective Thomas Galloway, Det. Sam DelRosario and Det. Michael DiLuzio.