Child porn investigation spans 22 states including South Carolina

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Days after a Pennsylvania man killed himself over child porn accusations, authorities are now investigating his contact with young girls around the world including South Carolina.

Investigators say Joseph Polin was trying to connect with girls between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.

  
And even though Polin is now dead, local law enforcement wants families to come forward if they believe their daughters were contacted by him.

Investigators in Pennsylvania, could never have imagined the mountain of evidence they were about to discover, when a swat team found Joseph Polin dead in his home Monday.
      
“We now found out that we have 22 different states, 2 different countries, numerous 14-year-old girls, pictures of them, hundreds of packages and manifestos and letters that are very sexual and graphic in nature,”  

Upstate parents are now learning South Carolina is likely one of the states where Polin handpicked his victims online.     

“That’s discusting honestly,” said Katelin Forbes, and Upstate mother.

As a mom, Katelin Forbes, knows the digital dangers. 

“There’s these little apps, I don’t know if you’ve heard, it’s called musical.ly? Those apps that those kids use, and they’ll actually able to get to kids through those apps,” she said.

The Executive Director of the Julie Valentine Center says no parent should ever get too confident they’ve done all they can to warn their child.

“It’s really important that we are following our children on social media. So for example, both do my children have Instagram accounts and there was a time when I was trying to tag my son on a post and discovered that he had a second Instagram account,” said Shauna Galloway-Williams.

She is calling on parents to model smart behavior online.

If you’re posting photos of your kids at their favorite play spot and turn off geotagging, otherwise every picture you post online can give away your location.

Long after this National child abuse prevention month is over, the conversation about how predators groom must continue.

Police say there is no better example in this digital age, than the case of Joseph Polin and his many victims spanning not just the nation, but the world.

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