ROSSFORD, OH (Toledo News Now) - Rossford is no place for crimes against children, is a message police are trying to spread as they become the latest addition to the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Rossford Police said they have seen an increase in these types of crimes over the last year, which is why they are joining the task force. Police said they are expecting to see positive results in Rossford and the rest of Wood County.
Police Chief Glenn Goss wished more information had been available in a recent online sexual predator investigation.
"In the past year, our officers had actually ran that license plate that came back to that suspect. He was in our area before. Had we known that or been part of this network, maybe we would have had some history on that person that would have been informative," said Goss.
That is why police said they are joining ICAC. Police expect to have access to information about online sexual predators across the state, something they said this area needs.
"'Cause of its location near the interstate, I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike. So we find that our jurisdiction can sometimes be just geographically luring to the suspects," explained Goss.
Other parts of Wood County are ICAC members.
Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson said the addition of Rossford will make everyone stronger.
"Wood County is no place for people who want to pander child pornography, who want to view child pornography, who want to offend these children in any way. We want to make sure that Wood County is one of those places they look at and say, 'I don't want to come anywhere near there,'" said Dobson.
Officials from surrounding communities said they expect an increase in child Internet protection will spill over to other areas, especially those with large school districts.
"We can kind of say, 'Yeah, that works there; it will work here. Let's do that.' Especially if we have something that's going to work to help prevent harm from happening to kids," said Tom Hosler, Perrysburg Schools superintendent.
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