INTERCEPT (Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team)

The Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team, known as INTERCEPT, launched in October 2007 to combine the resources of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the fight against online child sexual predators in the Portland metropolitan area.

The team includes the sheriff’s offices in Clackamas and Multnomah counties and Homeland Security Investigations -- and cooperates with Portland-area police agencies, Oregon State Police, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service. INTERCEPT is a part of the Oregon Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force operations across the state.

The Problem

Children are vulnerable to sexual predators on the Internet. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in partnership with Cox Communication, 71 percent of teens report receiving online messages from someone they do not know, and 45 percent were solicited for personal information.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice study, 13 percent of children ages 10-17 received unwanted sexual solicitation online, and 4 percent received messages requesting nude or sexually explicit photos of themselves.