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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dover man pleads guilty in Internet child-luring case
A Delaware man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Virginia to attempting to lure a 12-year-old girl to Delaware to have sex with him.
According to prosecutors, Wilson posed as a 15-year-old on the social networking site popteen.us.com, which caters to teenage girls, and in February made contact with three minors – a 12-year-old from Reston, Va., a 13-year-old from New Jersey and a 15-year-old from Indiana.
Over several months, according to court papers, Wilson made hundreds of cell phone calls and sent hundreds of emails and text messages to the teens, and in the case of the girl in Virginia, sent a naked photo of himself. According to court papers, in the e-mail exchanges the two professed their love for each other, had explicit conversations about sex and talked about meeting in order to follow through on what they discussed.
He now faces a minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by District Judge James C. Cacheris in October.
Another one off the Internet! Do you think the other prisoners will treat him like a 12-year-old in prison.....

Monday, July 30, 2007

Police say man had sex with girl he met online
A Pennsylvania man met a Punta Gorda teenager through a MySpace.com encounter and then traveled here to have sex with her, authorities say.
The two chatted daily for about four months in an Internet chat room on the social networking site before Tyler Phillips Stancker, 19, traveled by airplane to Southwest Florida to have sex with the 14-year-old girl, authorities say.
The victim told authorities that she knew Stancker was 19 and he was aware that she was 14. She told detectives that she and Stancker had planned their meeting. She provided investigators with details of their activity over a weeklong period.
"Parents need to monitor what their children are doing on the Internet," said Lt. Donna Ogden of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. "It is definitely a danger and kids need to be cautious of what information they put out there and reveal about themselves."

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Internet Predator Mark Wayne Miller Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
Senior United States District Judge Walter H. Rice of the Southern District of Ohio did a great job on this one. He also made a statement that many parents need to hear.
"The first warning is to parents who think their children are safe on the internet. And to parents to check on their children's internet activities. You are not invading their privacy. But you could end up saving their lives. Thank goodness no child was physically harmed by this perpetrator, but what harm he did to their psychological well being may not be know for years."
Then he sent a warning to the predators too.
"The second warning is to anyone who thinks he can get away with doing something like this. No matter how hard you try to hide your identity, you can be found and prosecuted"
That warning is a bit of an empty threat because they will never catch them all - maybe with some more help from the parents.....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Man Accused Of Luring Mass. Teen To Charlotte Over The Internet
Authorities say an Internet relationship between a man and a 15-year-old girl ended at a home in Charlotte over the weekend.
Police say Kareem Kirk, 34, lured the girl to a small duplex on East Seventh Street – hundreds of miles from her home in Springfield, Mass.
Accord to a police search warrant, Kirk had been in touch with the girl over the Internet for two years, and their online relationship had led to her e-mailing him nude pictures of herself in sexually suggestive positions.
Then the teen’s family reported her missing on July 3.
I have always been amazed at how patient these groomers are. They were chatting and emailing for two years before she ended up missing. So she started chatting and sending him pictures of herself when she was only 13-years-old.
I think it is time to wake up the parents......

Monday, July 02, 2007

Ex-EBR sheriff's detective gets 30 years for internet soliciation
A retired homicide detective from Baton Rouge has been sentenced to the maximum 30 years in federal prison for using the internet to try to solicit sex from what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi told Karl D. Kretser, 43, that his actions were despicable, especially since he used his own daughter's online information to get in touch with someone he thought was another child.
"The Internet has created a new breed of predator. You are that new breed,"
Kretser was arrested at Cortana Mall, where he was head of security and where he had set up a meeting with the supposed child.
"Kretser admitted that he had engaged in sexually explicit chat with the 'girl' and came to pick her up"
Even though this is one was a sting operation, a retired homicide detective that was head of security at a mall tries to meet with a 14-year-old and people are supposed to look up to police officers....

Man charged with luring child; Police say sister of boy intercepted text message
David Halverson, 44, a computer technician from St. Catharines and father of a young boy, was charged with luring a child and invite to sexual touching.
The sharp eyes of a Hamilton woman led to the arrest of a St. Catharines man who allegedly tried to lure her brother over the Internet to a park, Hamilton police say.
The 12-year-old boy was chatting with a man via an instant messaging program Wednesday, when his sister noticed something was out of place, said Det. Const. Douglas Rees of the Hamilton police's child pornography unit.
A meeting was arranged at the park, and police say he arrived at the park with condoms, lubricant and a digital camera.
Weeks said this investigation is rare in that a family member interrupted an online conversation between a predator and a potential victim.
"I have to tell you there is a deplorable lack of knowledge on the part of parents. They just don't know what their kids are doing," he said. "We often don't find out what happened until after the fact." Parents have to be more aware of what their children are doing online and install software that tracks what is done on their computers, he said.
I think Det. Const. David Weeks says it all - Parents have to be more aware of what their children are doing online...