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Missoula Task Force Continues Cracking Down On Internet Crimes

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The Missoula Police Department said its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force doesn't plan on making any changes to the way it handles internet crimes, even after one of the men arrested in a sting last December is found not guilty.

36-year-old Chad Lee Briggs of Bonner and his girlfriend, Jenna Davis were two of seven people arrested in a sex sting by the Missoula Police Department last December.

Briggs was acquitted last week on charges he responded to online ad made by undercover officers offering sex with a 12-year-old girl.

In court he said the initial ad didn't explicitly say anything about an underage girl and he contacted the ad's author out of concern, and flagged the page once the girl's age was posted.

He said he later figured out his girlfriend, Jenna Davis was communicating with undercover detectives to set up the encounter.

After being charged, he said child protective services took his daughter away, he lost his job and home.

Still police said ICAC task force makes arrests based on an investigation, and it's up to the justice system to decide if that person is guilty.

“It's been a useful tool for us. We've had success with the operation which we held last December as a success, but again we don't worry about the eventual outcomes of the trial. At the time we're investigating and making arrest based on probable cause,” said Missoula Police Sergeant Travis Welsh.

Briggs girlfriend Jenna Davis is also charged in the sting. Several others who were arrested are still awaiting their trials.
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