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Parents react to local child pornography arrest
For most parents protecting their child is top priority.
"Teach them not to talk to strangers, and if anybody approaches them that they don't know they need to back away," said parent Lauren Price.
Julie Ford has a 5-year-old and a 12-year-old. Even though Palafox Pier seems to be a safe place for parents to bring their kids to play, she knows child predators can be lurking.
"You have to realize that not everybody is a good person," said parent Julie Ford.
Many parents at the pier are thinking twice about their children's safety after police arrested 68-year old, Walter Burket from his home on 72nd avenue for possessing child porn on his computer.
The National Center for Victims of Crime says about 1 in 5 girls, and 1 in 10 boys, will become sex victims before they turn 18.
Casey Hutto believes, a hefty dose of good parenting can stop child predators in their tracks.
"Bad people are bad people, but if we're responsible for our kids, that's going to deter the bad person from messing with our kids," said parent Casey Hutto.
For Julie, she uses scenarios with her kids, to make sure they know what to do to stay safe.
"Them being by themselves, them getting on the bus, or being around people they don't know, what they would do in different situations and we practice and i think that helps them out," said parent Julie Ford.
Studies show many child victims are abused by people close to them like family friends or relatives. Parents are urged to pay close attention to their child's body language.
And most of all, listen to your instincts and your kids.
"If it seems wrong, it usually is wrong and I'd definitely intervene some how," Julie said.
Walter Burket could face more charges if the investigation reveals, he transmitted or downloaded additional child pornography.