A new report from a nonprofit group says it has uncovered thousands of child pornography images in America.
The group, Child Abuse America, says it identified the images through “over 1,400 searches by law enforcement agencies” in the U.S. in a four-month period beginning in April.
The organization released the list in conjunction with a speech Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is also a former member of the FBI.
Sessions spoke at a press conference in response to a complaint that he was asked by the FBI to resign in 2016 because he said he didn’t believe the bureau was doing enough to combat child pornography.
The FBI has acknowledged that it received complaints about child pornography on its computer network from the Justice Department and other federal agencies, but has said it doesn’t have a record of anyone actually being charged with child pornography offenses.
The investigation has prompted the FBI and the Justice and Homeland Security departments to begin a broader review of how the country deals with child porn.
The new report found 1,091 images of children were recovered in the search of the database, which included 2,845 images of girls under 14 years old and 1,079 images of boys.
The report, which was released Thursday, was part of an ongoing effort to identify all images of child sexual abuse and to identify perpetrators.
The data is compiled from FBI searches of “law enforcement databases that contain images of sexual abuse” as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center database, according to the report.
The findings, released in a joint press release with Child Abuse and Family Advocacy Services, are not surprising given that the Justice Dept. is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement organizations, according in a press release.
Sessions said that while he has been critical of the bureau, it is “working hard to make sure that we get to the bottom of this.
He said the FBI was “committed to working with local law enforcement in the pursuit of those who commit these crimes.” “
We are not looking at the issue of child abuse in isolation,” he added.
He said the FBI was “committed to working with local law enforcement in the pursuit of those who commit these crimes.”
A separate report released last month by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that the number of child images recovered by law officers dropped from 6,094 in 2014 to 4,846 in 2017, according the center.
The number of images that were recovered by investigators dropped from 7,890 in 2016 to 5,942 in 2017.
“In 2017, the number one concern we heard from law enforcement was the number and variety of images being recovered by their officers,” said Jill Sargent, NCMECCS chief executive officer.
“It was very concerning that many of these images that we’ve heard about in the press were not being seized by law-enforcement officers, and in fact, the FBI said that the majority of its children’s images were recovered on its own.”
Sessions has said the department was investigating the problem, but it wasn’t clear if he would sign off on the new report.
Child Abuse American has been tracking the problem since 2016, when a group called ProtectChildren.org reported finding thousands of images of the sexual abuse of children in the data of the Federal Computer Crime Task Force.
That same year, Child Protective Services and other law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania said that they had received several reports of children being abused in their homes.
The state of Connecticut said that it had also seen a spike in reports of abuse from law-related agencies.
“The number of cases is growing in states like Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania,” said Amy S. Kallman, president of the advocacy group.
“As our efforts to keep our children safe continue to grow, we are confident that the public will soon see these images of abuse on a national scale.”