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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will release information today on a multi-jurisdictional effort to stop the spread of child pornography. As part of "Operation Download," agents working as part of the Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Initiative served multiple search warrants this morning at homes where child pornography was allegedly downloaded and shared. Attorney General DeWine announced the Crimes Against Children Initiative in late 2011. He will also provide an update on the work done as part of this initiative since it was established.
On April 15, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced indictments in a Central Ohio home repair scam that targeted elderly victims and scammed them out of more than $100,000. A few of the suspects indicted were involved in a similar scam and convicted more than a decade ago as part of the "Circleville 30" investigation.
On April 8, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the findings of his Foster Care Advisory Group. The group, which he convened after hosting several Child Safety Summits across the state, was tasked with studying Ohio's foster care system and making recommendations to improve care and child safety. DeWine was joined by state legislators who will introduce legislation to enact some the group's recommendations.
On March 20, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced new efforts to provide services for sexual assault victims. The new initiative comes after a survey conducted by the Attorney General's Office, which began in May 2012, found that 52 of Ohio's counties do not offer comprehensive, direct services for sexual assault victims. The news conference also addressed proposed legislation to create a rape crisis program trust fund.
On March 20, 2013, Attorney General DeWine spoke with NBC News' Savannah Guthrie on developments in the Steubenville rape case on Today.
On March 18, 2013, Attorney General DeWine spoke with ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas to discuss the continuing investigation into the Steubenville rape case on World News Tonight.
On March 10, 2013, Attorney General DeWine spoke with ESPN's John Barr regarding the Steubenville rape case on Outside the Lines.