“When I became sheriff, I made several things that I wanted to do,” Sheriff Gary Langford opened the meeting with a greeting. “This is one of the things that we are also having a problem with. I think it has been going on but now that it’s a new internet world; almost every home has a laptop or cell phone that children can get on the internet. This is a problem that has been going on in Murray County for quite a bit. We’ve had several cases the last couple of weeks and actually had some convictions. We wanted to come tonight and try to explain to you all what’s going on.”
Morrison has spent about 13 years working sex crimes against children. He worked with the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force which included FBI agents and officers from departments in the area.
“The advent of the computer and the internet have changed the way we lead our lives,” Morrison said. He also pointed out the dangers.
“Child pornography now, with the internet, is exchanged at a mind boggling rate,” Morrison said. “The biggest things as parents you need to be concerned about are social networks... Facebook, everybody’s got Facebook. A lot of parents don’t know about Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, SnapChat; these are all social networks. Your child can download these apps on their phone and communicate. You have no idea who they are talking to or what those people’s motives are.
“When I was on the task force, I was playing a role. I was a sleazy scumbag that would make children available for sex. That’s the persona I portrayed...you don’t know who you are talking to. You don’t know who your kids are talking to...you have to be careful.”
Morrison said parents need to monitor their children’s laptops and cell phones. Parents should know who their children and teens are talking to online whether it is through social media or texts. Parents should know their children’s passwords and access codes. For more information go online www.murraycountyga.org and click on the sheriff department.