The “boy” turned out to be 38 year old Edward Bracken, who drove 400 miles to lure Danielle out of her home and abduct her.Police eventually located Danielle at Bracken’s home and arrested both Bracken and his girlfriend for unlawful contact with a minor.

It’s really hard to put that into any kind of context, just because there is such a large volume of them out there.

Before the Internet, most child predators had to have direct contact.

There has been a rise in what we deem as “sextortion” cases, where the child is talked into producing and transmitting explicit videos or photos to the person [that’s] either pretending to be a child or grooming the child.

Then, these explicit photos are used back against the child to create more photos. The bad guy says, ‘Hey that’s great, I want more.’ The child says, ‘I’m not sure about producing more.’ The guy says, ‘Well if you don’t produce more, I’m gonna send this image to your friends, your family, your school.’ So, then the victim feels embarrassed and obligated to try and keep it quiet.”“Well, it’s not necessarily in one session.

When it comes to the problem of child pornography and child predators, things have only gotten worse.

According to a published in April of 2012, arrests for possession of child pornography increased by over 30% from 2006 to 2009, a trend that paralleled the growth of peer-to-peer file sharing technologies. Poking a stick at the boogie man that lies in wait underneath the bed is one of those things that never turn out good for the protagonist in horror movies.

In 2002 on New Year’s Day, 13 year old Alicia Kozakiewicz was abducted by Scott Tyree and held in his sadistic basement lair for four days.

She was raped, beaten, and had images of the entire episode spread to other child predators throughout the Internet.

To better understand the reality of this issue, I decided to go straight to the federal agency responsible for investigating these cases – the very heroes that often bust down those doors and save young victims from their captors.

I first approached Boston FBI media coordinator Special Agent Greg Comcowich in July of 2012 to see if he could help put me in touch with someone that could assist with this story. He said that this was a topic that is very important to the FBI right now, and one that they work tirelessly to inform the public about.

I can tell you that the experience initially shocked me.