Download a single sexual image of a minor or sexually entice a minor online, and you have committed a federal crime. The decisions you make online have consequences which will last a lifetime. Investigators and police officers across the country are online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, searching for people who use the Internet to abuse children.


You may think the Internet gives you anonymity. You may think that if you never come in physical contact with a child you met online, you have done nothing illegal. You are wrong.

Exploiting a minor is a major offense, whether you “meant” to do it or not. You will ruin your life, the lives of the ones you love, and the life of an innocent, young stranger.

This website has been created in conjunction with the United States Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative and its PSC Internet safety partners INOBTR, iKeepSafe and the Hispanic Communications Network to put an end to the dangers facing children online by explaining the crimes and consequences that pertain to Internet Predators. This site also provides links to resources for predators and potential predators to discuss their individual situations and find the help they need to stop the abuse.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2007-FX-K009 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.