Saturday, June 16, 2001

Child porn arrest sparks
parental warning

By Leila Fujimori

The arrest this week of a Hawaii man on charges of receiving child pornography has led CrimeStoppers to warn families that they must be alert to Internet crimes against children.

Brian Keith Corpuz, 46, surrendered to federal authorities, the FBI said Wednesday. He had been indicted in federal court May 23 on one count of receiving and one count of possessing child pornography.

The investigation was conducted jointly by Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It includes the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors Office, state Attorney General's Office, the four counties' police departments, military investigators and the FBI.

CrimeStoppers offers these tips to parents on how to prevent crimes against children via the Internet:

>> Talk to your children about the Internet and chat rooms. Educate them on the dangers of disclosing personal information about themselves and other family members.

>> Pay attention to changes in behavior, especially sexualized behavior. Periodically check your child's computer for unusual files. Look at the files for any pornographic material that may have been sent to your child.

>> Talk to your children about people who pretend to be children when they are actually adults. In many instances, adults posing as teens online have created false profiles of themselves to prevent someone from "checking them out."

CrimeStoppers says summer is typically the time when children are left unsupervised for long periods and have more time to be online.

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