Officer Bryan Montgomery of the Springhill Police Department knows a lot of teen lingo. It goes with the territory...since he has to pretend to be one every day. "I have a dictionary I printed out and I have to refer to it quite often, he says." That's because Montgomery's part of a special task force linked to the Bossier Parish sheriff's office that's charged with finding child internet predators.
Montgomery works with a wide range of resources across the Internet, creating profiles online and pretending to be a boy or girl under the age of 17. If an adult targets the "teen" for a sexually explicit conversation, he's already broken the law.
Montgomery's been with the team for a year...and since then, he's assisted with almost a dozen arrests. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd says it normally doesn't take long for a predator to pursue contact with someone they think is underage. "When they drive here, they think they're coming to meet a 13 or 14 year old," he says. And that's a crime in all 50 states...that leads to jail time in Louisiana.
"It's about protecting the children," Lynd adds. "I mean the children are our future and if we don't take care of them, who's going to?"