RICHMOND (WRIC) - 31-year-old Philip Dietrich was wanted in Richmond for 10 outstanding felony child pornography indictments. He was arrested yesterday in Henrico and the detectives working the case say now's the time for you to keep your child from becoming a victim.
Detectives working the case say now's the time for you to keep your child from becoming a victim
"If your child's upstairs in their room - they have that tablet, that smart phone or that computer - then a child predators in that room with them," Det. Kevin Hiner says. "These offenders are out there 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
Police found Dietrich during an undercover sting targeting people distributing online child porn in the Richmond area.
The crime is all too common.
"Just as technology grows different users sophistication grows and criminals are no different."
Detectives say there are things you can do to keep your children from becoming victims.
Don't let them have smartphones, tablets, or laptops in their bedroom. Keep computers in an open area and don't post photos of your son or daughter at the beach.
"These predators will find these pictures and they'll take them and trade them with other offenders," Hiner says.
Police say above all, talk to your child about Internet crime. It could save their life.
"The right to privacy is outweighed by our child's right to their own innocence and their childhood."
Police say over the past year they've arrested several other people who've been sharing child porn in the Richmond area. Those people could face state and federal charges.
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