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Game teen helps agents catch Net predators

Shurtleff gives boy official badge for work with task force

By Geoffrey Fattah | Deseret Morning News

Zach Loulias is probably the only 15-year-old in the state who has a police badge. 

Like most teens, Loulias is a video game nut, but he never imagined his favorite after-school pastime would set him on an early career in law enforcement.

“I had no idea,” Loulias said. Enter his uncle, who is an agent with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The task force wanted to break into the world of online gaming but lacked the gaming know-how needed to start hunting down online predators.

Loulias said his uncle recruited him to teach agents how to play and sound like teenagers online.

According to federal law enforcement agencies, sexual predators seeking children are leaving the chat rooms and turning to online gaming worlds, like World of Warcraft and Microsoft’s Xbox Live, to make contact with minors. Read more.

OSA Editorial Comments:

This is a great local story and information, about how to catch net predators no matter what the age! Anyone can make difference if they just take time and make an effort when they find a problem. Find out more information, and many other ways to protect you and your children, go and

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