FBI's ' Innocent Images Task Force'

Thursday, November 16th 2006, 10:22 am
By: News On 6

The FBI in Tulsa, has special agents who are a part of the bureau's ‘Innocent Images Task Force.’ The two special agents assigned to Tulsa are some of the busiest in the country.

News on 6 anchor Terry Hood says the Tulsa area generates the second-most new child pornography cases in the country.

The special agents in the 'Innocent Images Task Force' spend most of their time in front of a computer screen. They find folks hiding stashes of illegal pictures and track down child predators who try to coax minors online to meet in person.

The Tulsa team is small but packs a punch. The two agents are investigating 20 open cases right now. Plus, they're helping with hundreds more, where suspects live out-of-state.

Task Force agents like Joseph Cecchini team up with police departments in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Bixby. They can have a suspect in custody in a matter of weeks, but say the problem is still getting worse. "I think it's as bad as it can be. I could go undercover within 5 minutes and have as much child pornography as I want. So is it bad? Yeah, it's really bad."

Cecchini' has been working with 'Innocent Images Task Force' for nine years.