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Mitchell, K.J., Wolak, J., & Finkelhor, D. (2005) Police posing as juveniles to catch sex offenders: Is it working? Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 17(3). Retrieved from

The researchers first surveyed state, county and local law enforcemtn angencies for their information on arrests made in Internet related child pornography or sexual exploitation cases. They also conducted interviews. The main consequences were incarceration, probation, fine, registry as a sex offender and restrictions on Internet use, access to pornography, etc, although many were released as well. The study concludes that policy makers should continue to support proactive investigations.