Kathy Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, said even though nationwide thousands are being arrested every year for these types of crimes, there doesn't seem to be a decline in new offenders.
For fiscal year 2007, the FBI
opened 2,443 new investigations into Internet sex predators and of those, more than 1,000 were convicted.
said that's a 14 percent increase from 2006.
"The arrests made and publicity they are getting doesn't seem to be deterring these people from committing these crimes," said Milhoan
"Guys in trench coats use to hide in bushes to commit such crimes," Milhoan noted, "but now he can sit at home in privacy and do it online."