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DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL HONORS FLORIDA DETECTIVE AND ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT AWARDS

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden announced Thursday that the Department of Justice is awarding $50 million in Recovery Act funds to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program. The Deputy Attorney General made the announcement during the Department's annual Missing Children's Day ceremony where he also honored Detective Neil Spector's extraordinary efforts in protecting children from sexual predators.

"We all owe a debt to these honorees and to the countless others who tirelessly work to protect children against sexual victimization," Deputy Attorney General Ogden said. "The Department of Justice will continue to actively pursue all predators who target our most vulnerable, which is why I'm so pleased to announce these dedicated funds from the Recovery Act to advance these crucial efforts of our ICAC Task Forces."

Deputy Attorney General Ogden presented Detective Spector from Florida's St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office with the Missing Children's Day Child Protection Award for his efforts in leading an undercover online investigation that initially started with a Massachusetts resident who expressed interest in sexually abusing children. Spector obtained details about another offender in New Hampshire who shared videos of himself engaging in sex acts with children and who allowed the Massachusetts man to sexually abuse his 4-year-old daughter. The investigation resulted in the Massachusetts resident pleading guilty and being sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, followed by life-time probation. The New Hampshire resident pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison, followed by life-time probation.

In addition to Spector, the Deputy Attorney General recognized the efforts of seven other individuals for their extraordinary efforts in protecting children; and recognized Dakhota-Rae Brown, a fifth grader from Henderson Elementary in Cheyenne, Wyo., who was selected as the 10th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest winner.

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at https://ojp.gov.

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