“Paul Boyer is a champion for victimized and abused children. His work in shepherding the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) bill has literally rescued children from the clutches of pornographers and assisted the prosecution of offenders,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “I’m proud to work with him on safeguarding children and look forward to Paul’s continued service in the legislature on behalf of Arizona’s children.”
On February 10, 2016 Governor Ducey signed his first bill of the legislative session into law that provides an immediate $1.8 million dollars for the combatting of internet crimes against children, including child pornography, rape, torture, and abuse.
State Representative Paul Boyer (R-LD 20) said, “After working on this issue for nearly two years, I’m so grateful House Bill 2468 finally made it across the finish line to provide desperately needed resources to help rescue more children from such evil and depraved atrocities.”
In 2015, the Internet Crimes Against Children unit identified and rescued 75 children from rape, torture, and abuse. Some of these children are as young as infants. ICAC made 245 proactive arrests and they are still working on numerous other leads and cases. They continue to focus their efforts on the youngest populations to keep them safe.
Please call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) if you suspect any children are at risk for abuse, distressed parents are seeking crisis intervention, or concerned individuals who suspect that child abuse may be occurring. This Childhelp national hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help prevent child abuse.
For more information on national efforts to prevent Internet crimes against children, visit the National Association to Protect Children at protect.org.