When James Uphoff was arrested earlier this month on a charge of possessing child pornography, it seemed a fall from grace for a renowned local educator. But it was also a sign of a bigger trend: the more aggressive pursuit of child exploitation crimes by law enforcement officials.
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Since 2007, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio has prosecuted 101 child explotation cases. Their fiscal years runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
FY2013 (to date): 16 cases
FY2012: 17 cases
FY2011: 14 cases
FY2010: 16 cases
FY2009: 21 cases
FY2008: 17 cases
The Dayton Daily News reviewed more than 100 child exploitation cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio and talked to legal experts and child advocates about efforts to investigate and convict people who exploit children.