SPOKANE, Washington (KHQ) -- All it takes is a few seconds: going online, downloading an app, or sharing pictures to find a potential predator.

It's all in a days work for Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Damon Simmons. He works in the Sex Crimes Unit, which is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

But online? He's Jessica, a 13-year-old girl.

"This is the same thing the bad guys do, it's not hard to pretend that you're someone else on the Internet," Simmons told KHQ.

But Simmons does it to catch the bad guys, and has helped put away a couple dozen in the last few years.

"The problem in the Spokane area is the same problem that everyone is experiencing across the country, and across the world," he added.

One of the sites he showed us is, designed solely for strangers to talk to strangers about topics that interest them, without registering or even creating a username.

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