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Free Screening of Movie Featuring WV State Police to be Held at Chestnut Ridge Church

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A new movie featuring the West Virginia State Police will be screening for free Friday night.

"Finding Faith" is the true story of a teenager abducted by a person she meets online.

It stars Erik Estrada as a Virginia sheriff who follows the girl and her kidnapper to West Virginia. It's a dramatic storyline that happens all too often.

 

You can pose as children and be solicited within five minutes," said Sgt. Danny Swiger of the WVSP Internet Crimes Against ChildrenTask Force.

Swiger said all a child needs do to post is a photo and a status update about where they're going with friends and a predator can find them.

The state police were happy to be in the film and bring attention to the dangers of online predators, and how communities and law enforcement agencies work together when a predator strikes.

"We know that this program will give good information not only to the children that use the Internet, but to their parents," Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner said.

After the movie, law enforcement and others will lead a panel discussion with kids and parents to keep stories like this just in the movies.

"If we're able to resolve one crime or have one parent talk to their children about the dangers of the Internet, I think the movie has served its purpose," said Capt. James Merrill, of the W.Va. State Police.

Chestnut Ridge Church in Cheat Lake will screen the film at 7 p.m. Friday. The panel discussion will follow, and a reception with Estrada and other cast members.