By Andi Bourne

Raising awareness about child exploitation, cyberbullying


March 10, 2022

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Detective Garrett Van Hoose speaks to the Seeley-Swan High School student body and parents about the dangers of child exploitation, cyberbullying and suicide at an assembly Feb. 22.

SEELEY LAKE – "Has any one been offered money from the Nigerian Prince?" Missoula County Sheriff's Office Detective Garrett Van Hoose asked Seeley-Swan High School students. While his question was met with laughter, Van Hoose continued with a serious conversation about child exploitation through the Internet, cyberbullying and their effects at a presentation at SSHS Feb. 22.

In his nearly 20 years in law enforcement and the last five with the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Van Hoose has investigated more than 100 individual cases of online child exploitation includi...

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