Mark Webb became Marionville police chief after retiring from the Springfield Police Department.
Although Springfield has far more than its fair share of child sex abuse cases, Webb said he was shocked to find the proliferation of child abuse in the more rural area where he now works.
The more (Webb) thought about it, the more it made sense. Perpetrators were picking small towns and rural regions.
"They go to these areas because they know there's no law enforcement and what there is is very limited in their ability to investigate," Webb said.
"Their risk of being apprehended, these guys, they know the risk is minimized. They're out there with the police they might hang out with at the coffee shop."
The truth of the matter is, many adults who prey on children for sexual gratification are smart.
They know where they'll be trusted. They know who will look the other way.
They know the kids who won't tell.
Parents are the vast majority of perpetrators of sexual abuse against children, Brown-Johnson said. That's because trust is the primary tool of a sexual predator who seeks children, and children are born with a certain amount of faith in their parents.
But it's also common for others to build bonds with families to prey on the children. The term is called grooming, and often the parents are groomed right along with the kids.