Porn-Sniffing Dog Helps Apprehend Heber City Suspect Caught In Sting

David Nielson. Photo Courtesy: Heber City Police

HEBER CITY, Utah, July 21, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah’s porn-sniffing dog helped apprehend a Heber City man who allegedly sent harmful material over the Internet to someone he thought was a minor.

The Heber City Police Department said in a news released that officers assisted the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in serving a warrant Thursday morning on Russell David Neilson.

Nielson was tracked down by the ICAC of Pinal County, Arizona, after he allegedly sent harmful material to a person he believed was a minor, but who was actually a member of the ICAC Task Force.

A porn-sniffing dog was deployed during the search warrant. The dog is trained to detect electronic storage devices like SIM cards, cell phones and portable thumb drives.

Neilson was taken into custody and charged with 3rd degree felony enticing a minor and attempt to commit a crime.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

These agencies are continually investigate and seek prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation involving the Internet.

For anyone interested in Internet safety tips from ICAC, they can visit their website.

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