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And that’s a topic to which Greg Price, director of the Alabama Computer Forensics Institute at Troy University, can speak. Price, who has worked with Internet safety for nearly two decades and spoken about it in Covington County on several occasions, said sites like this one always disappoint him.

“For the community and parents, I suggest they follow a deliberate, structured approach to address the issues that poor use of technology can create,” Price said. “On our website, whoswatchingalabama.org, we provide a number of online resources.”

Among those resources is a framework called ADMIT, which offers simple steps that foster a safe computing environment for everyone, especially children.

“We designed the ADMIT framework as a tool to assist parents, guardians, and others with these challenging events,” he said.

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The county’s cold case task force earned its first conviction Friday, and in doing so, cleared two child sex abuse cases.

District Attorney Walt Merrell said the conviction of 62-year-old David Ozie Griggs of Andalusia came after the office discovered Griggs’ tie with a case from 2009.

“This case came to our attention when Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter discovered an unsolved sexual abuse case that Griggs was connected to while she was preparing a case for trial in another matter involving Griggs,” Merrell said.

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A Tuesday burglary prompted Andalusia police to turn to social media for help Wednesday.

And it worked. After posting a photo of dark-haired man inside what appeared to be a home earlier in the morning, the tips came in that led to the arrest of 34-year-old Jason Grover Fillingim, Sgt. Paul Dean said.

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A Gantt man isn’t laughing after being arrested as part of “Operation April Fools” after he allegedly used a computer to solicit and meet a boy for sex.

Friday, the Tallahassee Police Department released that 41-year-old David Hicks II was one of 20 arrested during the week of April 10-15 by the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force or ICAC.  The operation was aimed at predatory online solicitation of children for sex, said Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones.

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Related News: Man jailed for enticing child

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An Opp man, accused of enticing a 13-year-old boy and described as a “possible flight risk,” was jailed late Thursday by the Opp Police Department.

Sgt. Walter Inabinett with the OPD said the investigation began earlier in the day after 49-year-old Michael Eugene Zebarcki allegedly attempted to get the child, described as an “acquaintance,” to enter the basement of his home “for immoral purposes.”

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It is believed that Adams soon took advantage of peoples’ generosity by using cash donations – solicited under the guise of treating sick animals – to pay for personal items such as electric bills and groceries for the family.

Dean said people gave more than $25,000, and the number could climb as the investigation continues.

Dean said at one point, Adams claimed to have been a victim of a burglary where all the animal supplies were stolen from a local storage facility.

“That claim was completely false,” he said.

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Related News: Facebook predator pleads guilty

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Pilkington, a Crossover Ministries client from Auburn, was caught after parents of multiple teenage girls reported that a man using the name “Bill Allen” had contacted their daughters on the social media site. Pilkington was ultimately arrested after Opp Police Department investigator Kevin Chance posed as one of the girls in a more than 12-hour online chat of sexually-explicit remarks. Pilkington, who stole a van to facilitate a meeting, was taken into custody less than 1,000-feet from a suggested meeting place.

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