Fort Bend County commissioners approved an application for a grant from the state to hire an investigator to fight internet crimes against children.

The grant is $150,882 from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to enable the county to create its own Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program to give support to law enforcement agencies by targeting enticement of children by sexual predators, child exploitation, child obscenity and pornography cases.

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office does have one investigator assigned to the Houston Metro ICAC Task Force, but his assignments there have been backlogged. So the county needs another investigator.

The new investigator would deal with preventive and reactive case investigations, assist with Fort Bend County law enforcement and prosecutors, and provide education to the community about internet safety for children and parents.

The county will also buy a MacBook Pro laptop and a police vehicle for the investigator, whose salary and benefits will be $96,482.

The county will not match the funds from the grant.

Commissioners unanimously approved the application at Tuesday’s meeting.

They also approved a transfer of $6,000 to Precinct 2 Constable Daryl Smith for budgetary reasons, plus another $3,438 for body armor for the officers in the department, the lone department in the county without body armor.

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