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Posted: October 18, 2013 12:42 p.m.

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New program uses veterans to fight child predators

TLANTA (AP) — Federal investigators are training veterans to help fight child pornography and online sexual exploitation.

Seventeen veterans sworn in at a ceremony Friday in Washington will be sent to Homeland Security Investigations offices around the country. They are part of the inaugural class of the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative Child Rescue Corps, or HERO Corps, a one-year pilot program announced last month.

The program participants have just finished seven weeks of computer forensic analysis and digital evidence collection training. Before that, they had four weeks of intensive training to learn about child exploitation cases, as well as state and federal criminal laws on the issue.

Four of the 17 veterans sworn in Friday will work in Georgia.

Homeland Security investigations is a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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