Independence County Sheriff’s Department starts program to protect children online

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The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has started an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program that has already warranted four cases in less than two days.

According to a press release from the department, suspect number one is Jason J. Leija, 22, from Horn Lake, Miss. Leija has been charged with internet stalking of a child, a Class Y felony.

Suspect number two is Tython Jungers, 27, from Batesville. Jungers has been charged with internet stalking of a child, a Class B felony.

Suspect number three is Brandon Lay, 23, from Batesville. Lay is awaiting formal charges of internet stalking of a child, a Class Y felony.

The fourth suspect is being forwarded to another agency for formal charges.

The department sent investigators to be trained for the ICAC program, according to the release, and are using internet-based accounts to build their cases.

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