Carol Daniel (@caroldanielKMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – When former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s plea deal was announced, federal prosecutors say the case was about Fogle using wealth, status and secrecy to illegally exploit children. A local FBI supervisor says agents in this region are working the same types of cases.

Supervisory agent of St. Louis’ FBI office Dan Netemyer didn’t want to say how many active cases they are working, but he did say like other parts of the country, there is no shortage of these types of cases.

“We have largest FBI sponsored Crimes Against Children task force in the country that exists right here in St. Louis,” Netemyer says. “We have 21 agents and task force officers from 11 different agencies that work these types of investigations, full time, every day.”

He says the task force is so large not because there are more child porn cases here, but because the interest in tracking the criminals is so high. Netemyer says he doesn’t get surprised much anymore by who gets caught with child porn.

“There is no set profile on who the offenders are,” Netemyer says. “There are people who hold titles of responsibility, there are neighbors, co-workers and professionals that you respect.”

He says the biggest change in child pornography online is that it’s easier to obtain.

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