BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Attorney General’s office has received approval to hire a special investigator to target child-pornography cases.

Cindy Maguire of the attorney general’s office tells the Bennington Banner that person will be devoted to building cases against people generating or sharing child pornography over peer-to-peer networks.Investigators hired to handle Vt. child-porn cases

In March, Attorney General William Sorrell and 14 elected state’s attorneys generals differed on how to spend $200,000 allocated for handling child-pornography cases. Sorrell wanted to spend the money on a prosecutor and an investigator. The state’s attorneys say it should go toward additional computer analysts to reduce the heavy backlog of possible cases.

Maguire said she believes two computer-forensics investigators will be hired.