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Combating Child Predators: Nassau County’s Sheriff Detective Carter Leads the Charge

During the monthly Nassau Citizens Defending Freedom (Nassau CDF) meeting in Callahan, a riveting overview of the efforts to combat child predators in Nassau County was presented by Sheriff Detective Carter. His passionate account shed light on the crucial work being done by the Nassau County’s Sheriff’s office, particularly the Homeland Security Investigations Task Force and the Northeast Florida INTERCEPT Task Force. Together, they have been relentless in their pursuit of child predators in north Florida, leading to the arrest of 11 predators in late 2022 who were attempting to engage in sexual exploitation with 12 and 14-year-old girls.

Detective Carter shared the harrowing details of a joint operation with FLDOE, FBI, Homeland Security, and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend child predators seeking to meet underage children for illicit activities. These stings involve officers going undercover on various online apps where predators use manipulative tactics to establish relationships with children before attempting to exploit them. The intensity of these operations leaves a lasting impact on the officers involved, as they confront the dark reality of child exploitation.

The Nassau CDF, through its Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA) and its executive director, Jack Knocke, has been actively supporting the Sheriff’s office in its efforts. The CLEA offered a behind-the-scenes look at the task force’s operations, providing comprehensive insights into the gravity of the issue. As a result, Nassau Citizens Defending Freedom has initiated “Parents Month” in August, aiming to raise awareness among parents about the dangers children face while using smartphones and online apps.

In the ongoing battle against child predators, Detective Carter recommended the use of apps like Live360 and others that can track location and monitor phone usage. Blocking or monitoring gaming apps is also encouraged to prevent predators from exploiting children through these platforms. By staying vigilant and reporting any suspicious activities, the community can actively protect its children from harm. The recently released movie, “Sound of Freedom,” which tells the true story of Homeland Security Special Agent Tim Ballard rescuing children from sex traffickers, has inspired Nassau CDF and Detective Carter to redouble their efforts. While arrests of predators are important, the focus must also be on rescuing the children caught in the clutches of exploitation.

As “Parents Month” approaches, it is essential for parents to educate themselves about the dangers their children face online and take proactive measures to safeguard their well-being. By working together and staying vigilant, we can ensure a safer future for our children in Nassau County and beyond. Sheriff Bill Leeper and his team deserve our gratitude for their relentless pursuit of justice and their commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us – our children.


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