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Protecting Children from Internet Predators

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Testimony will be provided Friday on protecting children from sexual predators on the internet. The Assembly GOP was scheduled to host a forum at the Mahoney State Office.

With more children using instant messaging and web sites, like MySpace and Facebook, Assembly republicans say child molesters have now found new avenues to reach and lure kids. Assemblyman Jack Quinn says this has become a huge issue in New York State. But he says sharing information and educating parents is one more front to stop sexual predators.

Quinn says nationwide nearly five million children a year area approached or solicited over the Internet. Among those scheduled to testify included representatives from missing and exploited children, the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Erie County Sheriff and US Attorney. Quinn says the session will also include two area victims who want share their stories.

Quinn says they are working to strengthen a the law that right now does not offer enough protection.