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September 13, 2006

Albany -- There are sexual predators in Georgia looking online for children to exploit sexually. Earlier tonight you may have watched the latest edition of Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator.

It was taped right here in Georgia.

In July Dateline worked with the Harris County Sheriff's Office in rural west Georgia. They arrested 20 men who showed up after arranging meetings to have sex with underaged teens.

Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges says it's an all too common problem. Right now his office is prosecuting a suspect who used the internet to find a target.

"They only have one thing in mind when they want to meet your child. They want to sexually abuse that child and in some cases it can even have fatal results," said District Attorney Ken Hodges.

Hodges says it can be tough to find those internet predators. He says parents can protect their kids by closely monitoring their internet usage.

You can see more of Dateline's Georgia investigation next Friday.

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