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Tallmadge police detective honored for proactive work in prosecuting child predators

by Rachel sluss | Reporter Published: February 23, 2014 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge -- County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh dubbed Detective Jeremy McGee the January 2014 "Top Cop" in Summit County. McGee is being recognized for his consistent good work as an officer -- especially in prosecuting child predators.

McGee became a member of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) soon after he heard about the organization. The task force is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice and comprises local, state and federal law enforcement officers throughout the state.

"I can't speak highly enough of ICAC," McGee said.

Investigators within ICAC search for people uploading, downloading and sharing child pornography. They also investigate chat rooms and websites that have sexually-charged reputations.

McGee said ICAC provided the best training he has ever had. The organization continues to train him and other investigators to update them on any new technology or tactics to pin down predators.

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McGee is the only Tallmadge Police Department officer who works on these cases. He is also proactive in helping surrounding communities remove sexual predators off the streets and the Internet.

"If any of the jurisdictions call me and say, 'Can you help my city?' I'll do it," McGee said. "I have no problem helping out. It's hard work. It takes a toll on you. If I can help out in any way, in any jurisdiction, I'd be more than happy to."

Within the last two years, McGee has caught 10 to 15 sexual predators involved with sharing child pornography files. He has also made three arrests involving predators with intent to have sexual relations with minors. Investigators pose as someone else to lure these predators in and get them to reveal solid evidence, McGee explained.

The work can be difficult and disturbing, he admits. In the process of prosecuting a child predator, investigators have to view the content and discuss it.

"He's an excellent performer who is very detailed and does difficult work very well," said Tallmadge Police Chief Donald Zesiger. "It's nice to see him recognized with such a prestigious award, and it's a nice reflection on him and the police department."

McGee said he is honored to receive the award and he owes a lot to the Ohio ICAC teams in Summit County because they taught him how to be proactive in his work.

"There are a lot of other investigators doing amazing things and to focus on me is doing them an injustice," he said.

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