HUNTSVILLE - Technology has taken cyber-crimes to a whole new level. You usually think of identity theft,criminals stealing your personal information such as credit card and social security numbers, but that's not the only way someone can ruin your life.
Sexual predators may now have a way for you to take the fall for their addictions. It's a scary scenario, where several people have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars just to prove their innocence.
Here's a preview of this special assignment report: The Child Porn Virus.
Crimes exploiting children can bring shame to the family name.
"Even myself before I got into trouble, whenever I heard the word sex offender or sexual predator, I always thought of a child molester," said a man who spoke to WAFF 48 News about the stigma of having to register as a sex offender.
He doesn't deny his guilt, but imagine your life being labeled this way and not being guilty of a sex crime. An Associated Press investigation found some disturbing cases in which innocent people have been branded pedophiles. Their personal computers were taken over, used to store child porn. A pedophile gets their fix, you take the fall.
"Generally if we do get a report that a computer has child pornography on it of some sort, we'll serve a warrant and try to get any materials that may have that data on it," said FBI Special Agent Bryan Oakley.
- Even the FBI are posting links, and if you click on one of them, they will be paying you a visit real soon!
How often do these cases actually happen? What can you do to protect yourself on-line? We'll have those answers for you. Watch the Child Porn Virus Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.
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