Busted! Cops show how they catch sexual predators in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - It's not just on reality TV. Police are taking down sexual predators every day, right here in Idaho. They take a different approach than what you may have seen on TV, and it's all about saving kids from being sexually abused.

Boise detective Tim Brady investigates for Internet Crimes Against Children. He says the best way to stop people who are hurting kids is to find the guys who share child pornography online. That's because 80 percent of the time, people who are trafficking child porn are also sexually abusing one or more children.

Instead of pretending to be a young boy or girl, Brady and his partner pretend to be predators who want to trade porn. They talk to predators in chat rooms.

And if someone sends them a naked picture of a child, that person has broken the law. Then the cops can take action.

Brady says the Internet is a double edged sword. It helps predators spread and feed their illegal desires more easily, but it also makes it much easier for the good guys to find them and stop them from hurting kids.

"I don't think they're people that are safe to have in society. I think that the more that we can monitor them and the more that we can watch their activities, the safer we're going to be," Brady said.