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Joseph Polin investigation reaches 29 states around nation and overseas

HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Investigators say they've never seen anything like it. Now, we are learning more about the great lengths a suspected child predator took to contact young girls.


      Police were originally called to his house on Monday to check out a social media threat.
      That lead to a five-hour standoff ... which ended with Polin taking his own life.
      That incident was just the start of a bigger investigation.
      After his death, detectives say they found out that Polin had been preying on girls across the country through e-mail and online.
     Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has the details:

"I mean it is the web of lies! There's no doubt about it," said Hazleton Police Chief, Jerry Speziale.

Investigators say that web of lies was used by 46-year-old Joseph Polin to prey on young girls all around the United States, China , England and Canada.
This map shows the states where the families of possible victims contacted law enforcement about the Polin case.
Detectives say Polin would reach out to girls between the ages of 12 and 16 via the internet.
He would also mail letters and packages to the girls, those letters described in graphic detail what he wanted to do to them sexually.
Three families in West Virginia say their daughters were targeted by Polin.
Law enforcement in Mercer County sent out a warning to families there, a warning that is echoing around the country ...


"Don't open it, don't touch it much. Just bring it to the local municipal jurisdiction or state police," said Chief Deputy, Mercer County Sheriff's Dept. in West Virginia, Joe Parks.

Detectives say the Polin case is a prime example of why kids and their parents must be on high alert when online.

"Kids have to be careful today because you don't know who's on the other line," said Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale says Polin was not on the radar of anyone in law enforcement.. He says investigators have a special software program that can help track child predators online..if they have information about a possible suspect..

"It will give us every Instagram every Facebook every Twitter every single account that's within in that neighborhood, that's on those sites. We can click on it and look at the postings," said Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

 


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