On the campaign trail: Cuccinelli visits Bedford

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By John Barnhart

    “Sheriff Brown is a national leader in this area,” Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said, during a campaign stop in Bedford. Cuccinelli was referring to Sheriff Mike Brown’s efforts to catch sexual predators who hunt children on the Internet.

    Cuccinelli said that there is a great deal of overlap between his office and Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) task force work. This work includes helping process forensic material that these investigations develop. His office can also help pass leads, developed in Virginia, outside the state.
    “One challenge with crime on the Internet is, where is he?” Cuccinelli commented. “They could be anywhere in the world.”
    Cuccinelli recalled a time when he watched an officer, posing as a minor, work a case. The officer discovered, during the process, that this person was in Denmark and was able to contact Danish law enforcement.
    “He [Cuccinelli] is a tremendous supporter of ICAC task forces,” said Brown.”I’ve had several conversations with him.”
    “He responds quickly,” Brown added.
    Brown said Cuccinelli has been in the ICAC office in Forest several times.
    “I’ve been very honored to work with Sheriff Brown and his team,” Cuccinelli said.
    Cuccinelli said that, as governor, he would work with law enforcement to make sure efforts are not duplicated, making good use of limited resources. He can also make money available for tools to help the law enforcement effort and help make sure that prosecutors are prepared to successfully prosecute ICAC cases.