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Phoenix police promote website to report child porn

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PHOENIX -- Valley police are asking you to help them fight child pornography.

They're promoting a website in which you can give police tips if you believe something suspicious is going on.

The website is azicac.org, which stands for Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children.

"You can go to the website, and it has cyber tip links, links to local law enforcement agencies and all of the tools you need to report these horrific crimes," said Phoenix Police Lt. Patrick Hoffman.

Hoffman said that child pornography is a big problem, not just in Arizona, but across the country.

"This is the type of crime that has no social or economic boundaries," said Hoffman. "It involves everybody in our community. Offenders store, view, create and distribute these horrific videos and photographs."

Phoenix police arrested 200 people last year for involvement in child pornography. Chief Daniel Garcia said that they also rescued 69 children who were victims.

Garcia said that one way those involved in pornography can be caught is by someone accidentally seeing one of the images on a computer. He urged people to log on to the police website if they see anything suspicious.

"You don't want to go home and say 'You know, I think I saw something today but didn't take the opportunity to report it,'" Garcia said. "It's our responsibility. You could be saving a child's life. You could certainly change their future."

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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