In order to combat the growing number of people who prey on children via the Internet, the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Cameron Noel and in partnership with the Internet Crimes against Children and a multitude of other federal, state, and local agencies has initiated the Cyber Crimes program. This program is designed to prevent and react to the explotation of minors over the internet and other electronic mediums while following guidelines set-forth by the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force. This webpage is another tool of this program and is designed to provide an information resource to the public while also providing an easy place to ask questions or report online crimes.
Children are particulary vulnerable when they use the Internet. They are usually trusting, curious, and eager to explore. Unfortunately that means that they can find themselves in areas of the Internet they shouldn’t be or end up chatting with people they shouldn’t be talking to. The Internet offers a sense of anonymity that results in people of all ages doing and saying things they wouldn’t normally say to someone they know. That anonymity also allows for a person who is a 45-year-old child molester looking for an easy victim to claim that he is actually 12.
Our Cyber Crime unit is here to help prevent the explotation of minors and apprehend those who endanger our children by commiting crimes via the Internet. This is accomplished in part by providing educational information to the public, pursuing tips, and actively searching out online criminals.
- Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. If done by minors, it is still considered by law to be manufacturing and distribution of Child Pornography.
- "Cyberbullying" is whan a child, preteen, or teenager is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen, teenager using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against a another minor. Once adults become involved, it is a plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyberstalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking is NEVER called cyberbullying.
Cyber Stalking / Cyber Harassment
- "Cyberstalking" and "Cyberharassment" are very similar. Most people use them interchangeably, but there is a subtle distinction, typically relating to the perpetrator’s intent and the original motivation for their behavior.
While the two situations usually involve many of the same online tactics, cyberstalking is almost always characterized by the stalker relentlessly pursuing his/her victim online and is much more likely to include some form of offline attack, as well. This offline aspect makes it a more serious situation as it can easily lead to dangerous physical contact, if the victim’s location is known.
Utah Criminal Code