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Internet Chat News Archives from 2010

December, 2010

Two men accused of soliciting 10-year-old to make explicit video - Two out-of-state men are expected to be extradited to Montana to face sexual exploitation and child pornography charges following allegations that they posed as a preteen girl on the Internet to coerce a 10-year-old Helena boy to send them sexually explicit videos of himself.
According to an FBI report, both men accessed a YouTube account under the username “funandfreaky7,” through which they pretended to be an 11-year-old girl sending explicit videos of herself to a Helena boy and asking for images in return. The boy had complied with the request, the report states.
The information was uncovered after the boy’s mother contacted local law enforcement with concerns about her son’s computer use. McGee commended the woman for looking into what her child was doing online but a computer monitoring program may have pre-empted the problem.
“I would highly encourage that of parents,” he said.  Read More>>

Man pleads guilty to two charges - A 23-year-old Helena man accused of developing a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met via the Internet, and convincing her to come to Montana with him from her Oregon home, pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges in connection with the case. Shawn Russell entered his guilty pleas to traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and possession of child pornography. According to court documents, a Helena police detective received a call from police in Pendleton, Ore., saying they had heard that Russell met the underage girl via an online game room and developed a sexual relationship with her. Russell traveled to Oregon and picked up the girl, and brought her to Montana, where they continued their sexual relationship. Read More>>  

Albury paedophile jailed - AN Albury man who had sex with a teenage boy after they met in an internet chat room and exchanged mobile phone numbers was yesterday jailed for six months.
The man, 49, who cannot be named, appeared in Albury Local Court for sentence on three counts of sexual intercourse with a youth aged between 14 and 16.
Mr Lerve said the sexual activity was restricted to two meetings a few weeks apart and there was no suggestion the complainant was subject to any coercion.
“The offender met the complainant on an internet chat room,” Mr Lerve said.
“The irresistible inference is that the offender was trawling such sites in order to meet young men such as the complainant. Read More>>

November, 2010

Out-Of-State Sex Offender Accused In Rape Of Girl, 12 - A convicted sex offender from Pennsylvania with a history of trying to entice children over the computer faces charges after police said he raped a 12-year-old girl in a Columbus park.
According to detectives, Davic, of Pittsburgh, made contact with the girl in an Internet chat room and the two agreed to meet at Mock Park on the city's northeast side.
Someone at the park noticed the pair and called police after growing suspicious.
"They observed an adult male and a young female in a van," said Columbus police Det. James Shockey.  "He believed (they were) doing things that they were not supposed to do."
A search warrant said officers found the "girl naked from the waist down" inside the vehicle, Landers reported.  Read More>>

Miami man gets 11 years in sex case involving boy - A Miami man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for enticing a Cocoa Beach boy to his hotel room and engaging in sex acts. Eric Albert Seiden, 45, will spend 11 years and three months in a federal prison for using the Internet to lure a minor for sex.
"This case reveals a disturbing truth that some adults will go to great lengths to sexually exploit children. His sentencing should serve as a warning to other would-be child predators," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa, which conducted the probe with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
Seiden was charged with producing child pornography, transmitting obscene material to a minor and using a facility of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in sex.

A Darwen teen groomed youngsters on the Internet - AN 18-YEAR-OLD groomed schoolgirls through internet chat rooms before involving them in web-cam sex acts.
Blackburn magistrates heard three girls, aged 12, 13 and 14, had been identified as being involved in Darren Kenyon’s sordid activities.
They had all been encouraged to remove their clothes and Kenyon pleasured himself in full view of the girls.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Kenyon had met all the girls over the internet site Facebook and they had all been groomed before being encouraged to remove their tops. Read More>>

Two men charged after 14-year-old girl sexually assaulted - Niagara Regional Police are warning parents to pay attention to what their kids are doing online, after the weekend arrests of two men in connection with alleged multiple sexual assaults against a 14-year-old Niagara girl.
Police say the teenager met the two men in an online chat room, and was contacted by them later. The men arranged to meet the girl on separate occasions and during those meetings the girl was sexually assaulted.
Det. Sgt. Michael Woods of the NRP's child abuse unit said parents need to pay attention to what their teenagers are doing online.
"You really have to be a parent and not a friend," Woods said. "You have to be willing to be overbearing, and to pay attention.
"Have frank discussions with your children about the kinds of people who are out there and what they are willing to do," Woods said.
Woods said sexual predators are adept at enticing and "at convincing kids to go along with this type of activity. They are basically grooming them."  Read More>>

Police: Man Sexually Assaulted 12-Year-Old He Met Online - A man drove from a Chicago suburb to meet and sexually assault a 12-year-old girl he'd met over the Internet, Westfield police said.
Samuel Henzel, 29, of Oak Park, Ill., was arrested Saturday evening at the Comfort Suites Hotel at U.S. 31 and 151st Street. He faces charges of sexual battery, criminal confinement and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Police said Henzel had befriended the victim in an Internet chat room and admitted that he knew the victim was 12, but that he didn't care.
Police said the case illustrates how important it is for parents to know what their children are doing and who they are contacting online. Read More>>

October, 2010

Kidnapping, sex assault suspect met alleged victim via phone chat - Dunnigan resident Jason Sigur, 35, allegedly met the 13-year-old victim using a telephone chat-room service, authorities said.
Investigators said they are working to determine how long Sigur, a convicted sex offender, had been communicating with the girl before he allegedly kidnapped her Friday from her El Dorado Hills home and sexually assaulted her at his home in Yolo County, where deputies found her that morning.
Yolo County Sheriff's Sgt. Dale Johnson described Sigur as a sexual predator who is "good at manipulating kids."
"He's not seeking out an 18- or 19-year-old," Johnson said. "He's trying to have a relationship with someone he can manipulate." 

Sex predator teacher could face life in jail - A POPULAR teacher who taught music at a Kirkcaldy school is facing a possible life sentence after being exposed as an internet predator who pestered young boys for sex.
Andrew Kingsley (23), was caught after shocked parents discovered messages on their 12-year-old son's computer and mobile phone and went to the police.
Another mum discovered her 14-year-old son wearing a silver thong and dressing gown and sitting in front of his computer.
Computer experts uncovered about 3,000 chat logs with sexual content, along with 80 indecent photos and three video clips.  Read More>>

Man jailed for sex with three boys - A MELBOURNE man who had sex with three 14-year-old boys after meeting one of them on an internet chatroom has been jailed for five years.
Ryan Birdseye, 27, met the first of the boys on the chat site in September last year, telling him he was 19.
After chatting to the boy online for a few weeks he invited him to his Narre Warren South home where they performed oral sex on each other, the Victorian County Court heard today.
But the relationship ended after the boy found out Birdseye was sending text messages to a friend of his.
Birdseye also spoke to the second boy on the internet, before having oral sex with him, the court heard.
He had oral sex with a third boy after getting his phone number from one of the other boys. Read More>>

Man gets nine years for sex with underage girls - A Costa Mesa man who had sex with underage girls he met through social networking sites received a nine-year prison sentence.
Richard Alan Chaney, 25, had pleaded guilty to luring a child with intent to commit a crime, oral copulation on a person under 16 years old, and sexual penetration and oral copulation of an unconscious person as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Starting in May 2008, Chaney communicated via webcam with a 14-year-old girl in Texas through Stickam.com. When the girl visited California with her family that June, she snuck out and met up with Chaney and the two had sex in his car.
They found several homemade videos and webcam pictures of him having sex with the girl and assaulting a then-unidentified teenager who he met through either MySpace or Stickam.com.  Read More>

Sexual touching of Kitchener girl followed chat room meeting - A 13-year-old Kitchener girl was just looking for a friend when she agreed to get together with a 21-year-old man she met in an internet chat room, a court heard Monday.
The girl is cognitively challenged and functions about two years below her age.
She met Matthew D. Marcone in a chat room called Teen Video Chat.
They decided to move into a private video chat room so they could see each other. Marcone complimented her on her looks and said he would like to be her boyfriend.
At his request, she called him that night and they arranged to meet at a branch of the Kitchener library on Fischer Hallman Road on Jan. 13.
When Marcone arrived, he walked up to the girl and gave her a kiss and hug.
He asked if she wanted to get in his car, and she agreed.
There, he kissed her and fondled her over and under her clothes. 

Man pleads guilty to sex chat with teens -  Daniel James Broussard pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to having used the Internet and his cell phone to have sexual chats with four teenage girls from the Lafayette area.
Broussard pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to having used the Internet and his cell phone to have sexual chats with four teenage girls from the Lafayette area.
In court Monday, Broussard admitted to having had sexual conversations with three 13-year-old girls and one 14-year-old girl in June.
The plea filing said Broussard discussed meeting with each of the minors during those communications.
In a previous interview with authorities, Broussard allegedly admitted to having “about a hundred different individual” sexual experiences with minors on a webcam, according to an affidavit filed with his arrest.

September, 2010

Man pleads guilty to sex chat with teens -  Daniel James Broussard pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to having used the Internet and his cell phone to have sexual chats with four teenage girls from the Lafayette area.
Broussard pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to having used the Internet and his cell phone to have sexual chats with four teenage girls from the Lafayette area.
In court Monday, Broussard admitted to having had sexual conversations with three 13-year-old girls and one 14-year-old girl in June.
The plea filing said Broussard discussed meeting with each of the minors during those communications.
In a previous interview with authorities, Broussard allegedly admitted to having “about a hundred different individual” sexual experiences with minors on a webcam, according to an affidavit filed with his arrest.

Warning to parents as worst internet paedophile jailed - Parents have been warned that their children are not safe from paedophiles even in their own bedrooms as Britain's worst internet child sex abuser was jailed.
Postman Michael Williams, aged 28, is thought to have groomed up to 1,000 children used Facebook and Bebo to contact both boys and girls.
He persuaded at least 460 to perform sex acts on webcams for him which he recorded and kept on meticulously catalogued computer files.
He created at least seven false internet identities including one as a girl called Georgeous Charlie for which he used images of an Ukrainian porn star.
He posed as teenaged boys and girls and spoke to his victims in textspeak as he turned the conversation to sex and then dared underaged children to strip for the webcam.
Detectives say it is the worst case of internet grooming on record and are still trying to trace all of the victims. Read More>>

Former officer released from jail after posting bail - A former village police officer has posted bail and been released from jail after he was charged last week with exposing himself to a teenage girl on the Internet.
He is on house arrest at his family's Ohio 51 property and cannot use the Internet, according to Judge Bruce Winter's ruling at arraignment last week.
He  posted a $250,000 bond and faces five felony charges.  He is charged with sending a 14-year-old girl explicit text messages and exposing himself to her during a video chat on the Internet. 

‘Sextortion’ a parent’s worst nightmare, Federal prosecutors say online sexual extortion of teenagers is a growing problem. - teens themselves have become the subject of predators stalking youth to gain a profit through electronic media. According to a recent report by the Associated Press, federal prosecutors and other experts say they’re seeing an upswing in online sexual extortion. It starts simply enough: A teen yields to an online request to flash her breasts at a web cam, or posts an inappropriate photo on a social networking site presuming only her “friends” will see it. The next thing she knows, she’s getting threatening e-mails or posts from a stranger, saying he’s captured the image, and unless she poses for even more explicit photos, he’ll post the existing embarrassing images for all to see. The term coined for this brand of blackmail is called “sextortion,” and teens in at least a dozen states have been recently affected. Read More>>  

Girl, 14, met Watford man after chatting on the Internet - A 14-year-old schoolgirl climbed out of her bedroom window at midnight to meet a stranger she had met earlier in an internet chatroom.
The teenager met Anthony Burns who had pulled up close to her home in his car.
The pair then drove a short distance down the road and after getting out of the car the 25-year-old put his hand up her clothing.
St Albans Crown Court was told that later that night he contacted her again via the internet to say he had taken a picture of her bottom on his mobile phone and if she did not meet him he would put the picture up around her school. Read More>>

Danish computer expert held in child sex case involving St. Joseph girl - A 60-year-old Danish computer expert has been charged with enticing a St. Joseph girl to send explicit images of herself, then threatening to distribute them on the Internet.
According to court records unsealed Wednesday, the case began on Facebook, where the 11-year-old girl met Pedersen using an application that lets users chat with each other regardless of their “friend” status, according to investigators.
“Parents who would never invite a stranger into their child’s bedroom may not realize that Facebook, webcams and online chat rooms can expose their children to sexual predators who take advantage of technology to exploit their victims,” said U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips.
Court records alleged that the girl met Pedersen in July. The conversation moved to an Internet messaging service, where Pedersen disclosed that he lived in Denmark. The girl eventually agreed to masturbate in front of a web camera.

Police catch man with 12-year-old High Springs girl in car - High Springs police became suspicious when they found a 24-year-old Gainesville man with a 12-year-old High Springs girl in a car on Sunday night.
Very quickly, police learned that the man had met the girl on the Internet, then drove to her High Springs home around 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. The girl then got into the car without telling her guardian.
Using parental controls or blocking software can be helpful but should not be relied on exclusively. Online predators usually meet victims in chat rooms, so any time your child spends in a chat room should be heavily monitored.

Man sentenced to prison for sexting young girl - A 29-year-old Missoula man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sending an 11-year-old girl text messages trying to entice her to have sex with him.
The girl’s mother found the sexually explicit text messages on her daughter’s phone in January 2009 and called police. Officers began responding to Clairmont’s texts using the child’s cell phone and arrested him when he arrived at a Butte grocery store believing he was going to meet the girl.

August, 2010

Nebraska man arrested by Pleasanton police for alleged child molestation - Todd Tackwell was arrested July 24 in Pleasanton and has been in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since then, Pleasanton Police Lt. Mark Senkle said. An officer pulled over Tackwell in a pickup truck during an earlier traffic stop near Valley Avenue and became suspicious of a 13-year-old girl in the front passenger seat. Tackwell said the girl was his friend.
Based on interviews, the officers believed there was inappropriate sexual behavior occurring between the 35-year-old Tackwell and the 13-year-old girl.
Pleasanton police learned that Tackwell had met the girl online in October when he was living in Hastings, Neb., and first contacted her through an Internet chat room and then by phone.
"It's one of those situations where she was lured into this relationship with him," Senkle said.
Police say that in January Tackwell drove to California to meet her in person and then allegedly engaged in sexual activity with her during the next seven months.
The girl lived with her parents Senkle said. They were both unaware of Tackwell's existence. 

Online 'Sextortion' of Teens Rising--Sexual Extortion--What is it and How to Prevent it? -  Online 'Sextortion' of teens is on the rise, according to Federal Authorities.
The name was derived from cases involving teenagers who take nude photos of themselves, in what appears to be fun and games or a consenting, harmless act.
They then send them via cell phone in a text message (sexting) or post them on video chat rooms in the act of having fun.
However, the nightmare ensues as the photos, that are literally impossible to remove off the internet, become a tool of exploitation or extortion.
Federal cases are popping up all over the country where a young teen sends a nude photo to a boyfriend or girlfriend meant to be "for your eyes only".  However, after "mad day" or a break up takes place, the sender is pressured into sending more explicit photos, or risk total exposure.
Faced with the embarrassment and pressure to comply, they fall victim to exploitation or Sexual exploitation, aka 'Sextortion'.  Read More>>

Feds: Teen 'sextortion' rising - The government reports a surge in web cam blackmail of underage girls.
The nightmare began with a party: three teenage girls with a webcam, visiting an Internet chatroom and yielding to requests to flash their breasts. A week later, one of the girls, a 17-year-old from Indiana, started getting threatening e-mails.
A stranger said he had captured her image on the webcam and would post the pictures to her MySpace friends unless she posed for more explicit pictures and videos for him. On at least two occasions, the teen did what her blackmailer demanded.
Federal prosecutors and child safety advocates say they're seeing an upswing in such cases of online sexual extortion. They say teens who text nude cell phone photos of themselves or show off their bodies on the Internet are being contacted by pornographers who threaten to expose their behavior to friends and family unless they pose for more explicit porn, creating a vicious cycle of exploitation.
One federal affidavit includes a special term for the crime: "sextortion." Read More>> 

Forest High teacher accused of sexual activity with student online - On Thomas Michael Brown’s Facebook page, where he has 417 friends, it list his favorite quote as “choices have consequences.”
For the 59-year-old teacher at Forest High School known as “Coach,” his choice, according to sheriff’s detectives, was chatting to a juvenile in a sexual manner online and even exposing and fondling himself.
The consequences for his actions: Brown has been slapped with three charges, solicitation of a child via Internet, transmission of material harmful to a minor, and battery. Read More>>

July, 2010

Chat Room Rendezvous Leads to Big Trouble for 21-Year-Old - They talked in a chat room, met at a park, and now he's in jail.
Police say 21-year-old Aleksandrs Vitolins was arrested after he met and had sex with a 14-year-old teen.
According to police, the two met in an Internet chat room and decided to get together at 110th and Oakbrook Drive. A passerby saw the teen performing a sex act on the suspect and called police. 

Online chat leads to statutory rape conviction - A man convicted in Jackson on a statutory rape charge after having sex with a teenager he met online was given a suspended sentence and ordered to register as a sex offender.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, Kenketrick Freeman was 29 when he started chatting with the girl two years ago in an Internet chat room. She was 14 at the time. They met and had sex hours later, leading to Freeman's arrest and conviction.
In court last week, Freeman said the girl told him she was 19.

Pervert posed as girl on internet to get boys to send him naked pictures - A School support worker posed as a girl to persuade more than 90 youngsters to send him naked images of themselves and pose naked over the internet.
Brian Syme targeted boys aged between 12 and 21, including pupils he taught, and befriended them on social networking sites.
The qualified teacher, who had been trained to protect children from sexual exploitation, would chat to them before sending them naked pictures of a teenage girl.
He then asked the boys to send him naked pictures of themselves and encouraged them to perform sex acts in front of webcams from his home in Alloa.
The 32-year-old also had a file named "locals" stored on a pen drive which contained images of boys he had targeted in his area. Read More>>

Sex offender charged with raping girl, 13, in Annapolis - Police said Mason had met one of the girls on the MySpace website about a month ago, and the two kept in regular contact. In their first in-person meeting, he agreed to pick up the girl and her friends, according to police.
The man bought alcohol and offered the beverages and suspected marijuana to the girls when they arrived at the home on St. Margarets Road, police said. He then left the home with one girl to purchase food, according to police. Once at the business, police said Mason parked his vehicle and had sex with the 13-year-old before returning to the residence, where he again engaged in sexual acts with the victim.  Read More>> 

June, 2010

Policeman jailed after preying on 'vulnerable' schoolgirl - Russell West, who was an officer with Essex Police, told his 13-year-old victim that she was going to be the mother of his babies and got her to pose topless on a web camera.
The High Court previously heard that West had sexual conversations with the girl even while he was at work, in the belief that he would never be caught
He was traced through painstaking work after the girl went missing from her home and her computer was checked by specialist IT officers from Central Scotland Police.
The 26-year-old admitted last month using the internet to engage in indecent sexual conversations with the schoolgirl and persuading her to expose herself.  Read More>>

Va. Man Guilty Of Trying To Kidnap Mass. Girl, 12 - Man Met Girl In Internet Chat Room.
A Virginia man has been found guilty of trying to kidnap a Massachusetts girl he met in an Internet chat room, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said.
Daniel O’Brien, 32, of Virginia, was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court jury on charges of attempted kidnapping and child enticement. Investigators said O'Brien traveled from Virginia in 2009 to meet a pre-teen girl in Littleton he had met over the Internet in a chat room.
“This defendant used the anonymity of the Internet to entice and manipulate the young victim to run away with him,” Leone said.
Investigators said O'Brien admitted to them that he knew the girl's age and he planned to take her back to Virginia. Read More>>

Gloucester internet chat sex abuser jailed - Gloucester internet chat sex abuser jailed for three years.
Dominic Skillern, of Tredworth, admitted finding his victims after posing as a child in internet chat rooms, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
The children concerned were a 14-year-old girl and two boys, aged 12 and 14.
He pretended to be a young boy called Luke in order to cajole the 14-year-old girl into exposing herself to him via webcam.
He posed as a girl called Lexy to trick the boys into committing indecent acts on camera.
In addition, the court heard, police found 498 images of child sex abuse on Skillern's home computer. Read More>>  

May, 2010

Paedo Postie admits charges - POLICE slammed Facebook over security failures today after a paedophile postman used the site to groom up to 1,000 children - scores of whom he sexually abused.
Vile Michael Williams - who kept cuttings about Soham killer Ian Huntley - told cops he was about to escalate his horrific offending when they caught him.
The 'predatory and manipulative' monster created different profiles to target youngsters he met on his round, doing school runs as taxi driver and as the secretary of a football club.
He dyed his hair different colors to hide his identity and tricked his victims into performing sex acts on a webcam or meeting him so he could sexually assault them.
Cops said the vile bisexual invented at least eight fake profiles, pretending to be teenage boys and a girl called 'Gorgeous Charlie' to lure children aged 11 to 16.
Detectives have identified around 500 victims he groomed or abused but believe there could be up to 1,000 in total because hundreds are too scared to come forward. Read More>>

Web chat led to girl's sex assault - City police say a 15-year-old girl was lured from Halton to Brantford and sexually assaulted by a man she met in an internet chat room
A 47-year-old Brantford man is charged with sexual assault, luring a child and invitation to sexual touching.
Police said the man  struck up a relationship with the  Halton girl while on an internet webcam chat room. This encounter led to  further private conversations between the two.
On May 14, the man picked the girl up at her school

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Man gets eight years for victimizing young girls online - Ryan Earl McCann, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison for exploiting young girls over the Internet.
McCann ran a bogus online chat company called "Talen's Playground," where he told the girls he would pay them thousands to commit sex acts in front of their web cams. Photos were also used to coerce the girls.
Ryan Earl McCann left a "trail of scarred and emotionally fragile young women," said Ontario Court Justice Celynne Dorval .
The female victims, aged 14 to 21, were recruited from online social networking sites and chat programs such as Facebook and MSN for friendly talks that eventually turned ugly. Read More>>

Policeman had sex chats with 13-year-old - A policeman who was using the internet to prey on a 13-year-old girl initially escaped capture after his colleagues failed to recognize a picture of him recovered from his victim’s computer.
West, 26, admitted using the internet to engage in indecent sexual conversations with the schoolgirl and persuade her to expose herself to him.
He told the schoolgirl he wanted to have intercourse with her and cajoled her to show him her breasts on a webcam.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that West even had sexual conversations with the girl while he was work because he believed he would never be caught.
His crimes came to light when the girl, from Clackmannshire, went missing and her computer was seized by Central Scotland Police.
Specialist IT officers analysed her chat room conversations to get clues to her whereabouts and found a large number of messages with ‘Fit Essex Guy’ on the MSN Messenger chat site. Read More>>

Man made teen girls make porn and Pleads guilty to sex, extortion charges - A 20-year-old man admitted Monday to using threats to force teen girls to make sex videos via web cam, pleading guilty to making child pornography, sexual touching and extortion.
Ryan Earl McCann pleaded guilty to 26 charges involving at least 19 victims, all but one under 18 and some as young as 14.
He also admitted threatening to cause death or bodily harm to five victims and communicating over the Internet with five girls under 16 years of age and 10 under 18 years of age in order to commit a crime. Read More>>

Australian man to be jailed in Canada for 'luring' teen on Internet - An Australian man has agreed to serve 15 months' jail in Canada for "luring" a 14-year-old girl over the internet and attempted sexual assault.
Anthony John Porter, 37, a divorced father of three from Woody Point in Queensland, told a judge in the Canadian province of Newfoundland he made "a massive mistake" by communicating with the Canadian girl on a teen internet chat room and then travelling to her hometown of Corner Brook.
The court heard Porter and the girl had communicated for more than a year on the internet when he decided to take vacation time from his job as a technician and fly to Newfoundland to meet the girl.
Porter bought the 14-year-old a ring, necklace and alcohol, the court heard. Read More>>

April, 2010

Paedophile who used internet to groom victims faces life - Byrne, 20, a microbiology student at the University of Glasgow, met victims through chatrooms and encouraged them into sexual activity before meeting up with some underage contacts and committing indecency offences.
He was caught after Central Scotland police set up Operation Defender to investigate computer activity after a 13-year-old schoolgirl went missing from her home. It was found she had communicated with a number of men through the internet.
Byrne met the first girl through an online site in September 2007 and persuaded her to carry out sex acts over a web cam for him before they met at a shopping centre in Glasgow. He travelled to Manchester to meet up with a girl when she was aged 14 and 15 and also had sex with girls aged 13 and 15 at his former flat in Bridge Street, in Glasgow. He also had sex with a 13-year-old girl after traveling to meet her in Fife. Byrne also targeted young boys.

Raleigh Man Drove to Burlington to Meet 14-Year-Old - Burlington Police say a Raleigh man drove to Burlington to meet a 14-year-old girl he met through an online chat room.
Police say an officer was conducting routine patrol Friday night in the area of North Park Ball Field on N. Park Ave. when a suspicious vehicle was discovered parked in the park. Police say that when the officer passed the park,  the driver of the vehicle, turned the headlights on and drove away. The officer noticed that the vehicle did not have a license plate, and  pulled Dennis over and found the 14-year-old passenger with him. Police investigation found that Dennis had driven from Raleigh to meet the girl whom he had met in an Internet chat room. Read More>>

Man Caught Having Sex In Park With Boy, 15 - A 29-year-old man was released Saturday after being arrested for allegedly having sex in an Alhambra park with a 15-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room.
Ryan Daniel Carlson was arrested Thursday after an Alhambra police officer allegedly caught him and the teen having sex in a car.
"When the officer made contact with the occupants he found a nude 29-year-old male, Ryan Daniel Carlson, and a 15-year-old male juvenile engaged in sexual activity."
Investigators believe Carlson and the teen met "while talking in an Internet chat room,"

Rochester police bust Internet pervert on Amtrak train with 13-year-old Long Island girl - A pervert was nabbed on a train bound for California as he lay sleeping in a car with a 13-year-old Long Island girl he had met on the Internet, police said.
John Vertrees, 22, was busted in Rochester on a westbound Amtrak train about 10:15 p.m. Friday with the runaway teen, Suffolk County police said.
After the two met in an Internet chat room in January, Vertrees traveled to the teenager's home last week, police said.
The creep slipped through her bedroom window Wednesday night, and the two spent a few hours together, cops said.
On Friday, the girl sneaked out her window about 4 a.m. and met Vertrees, who was waiting for her in a taxi, police said.
The parents notified police when they noticed their young daughter was missing about 9a.m., cops said. Read More>>

March, 2010

Calgary man charged with luring 6 girls - Carl Ryan, 27, used a popular social networking site to approach all six of his alleged victims, who ranged in age from 12 to 17, according to a task force made up of RCMP and Calgary police officers.
He was originally arrested on Aug. 12, 2009 and charged with a single count of luring and three counts relating to child pornography involving one victim, police said.
"The suspect will ask the young victims to take images of themselves and send them online, so in effect they're counseling them to commit the making of their own child pornography," she said.
"Everybody tells their children … don't talk to strangers, lock the door when you're home alone," said Krasman. "The internet is a door that we cannot lock so we need to be as vigilant with our children online as … when we send them out to the playground to play."
She advised parents and guardians to take the time to sit down and see what their children are doing on the internet. Read More>>

Eagle man pleads guilty in sex assault - A 25-year-old Eagle County man pleaded guilty today to sexually assaulting a child he met in an Internet chat room.
Adolfo Guardado of Edwards accepted a plea deal and in exchange for his pleading guilty to sex assault on a child and second-degree assault will spend 10 years in prison, then he will be deported to Mexico, according to Eagle County officials.
He was arrested last May, accused of assaulting the 12-year-old in a cabin on U.S. Forest Service land about 10 miles from Wolcott, investigators said.
According to investigators, Guardado had been chatting online and phoning the girl for some time when she asked him for a ride to school on May 18.
He dropped her off at school after the assault, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Read More>> 

Labrador man accused soliciting child porn from U.S. girl - Mark Baxter White, 40, of Labrador was arrested Friday in connection with child porn involving a young girl from the U.S.
He's charged with making, possessing and distributing child pornography and luring a child via the Internet.
White allegedly contacted the young girl via the Internet and got her to perform sexual acts from her computer, police said.
The victim reported the man to the FBI, who then contacted Canada's National Child Exploitation Co-ordination Centre, whose officials passed the information along to local police, said Newell.
CBC reports White is an English teacher and librarian at Mealy Mountain Collegiate in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. The Labrador District School Board has sent a letter home to parents to explain the situation.  Read More>>

Ohio man charged with sex ofenses in Ala. - Tuscaloosa County sheriff's deputies have charged a 28-year-old Ohio man with sex-related crimes after he was found in the bedroom of a teenager.
Matthew Brandon Rogers faces charges of soliciting a child by computer, second-degree sexual abuse, enticing a child and possession of child pornography.
Sheriff Ted Sexton said the mother of a 14-year-old Duncanville girl found Rogers in her daughter's bedroom on Sunday.
The sheriff said Rogers befriended the girl on an Internet chat room and late last week left his home in the Cincinnati metro area and drove to Tuscaloosa.

February, 2010

Man jailed for sex with 13-year-old girl - POLICE have warned of the dangers of social networking sites after an Essex man was jailed for having sex with a 13-year-old he met in an internet chat room.
James Grenfell of Braintree groomed his young victim on a popular website for youngsters and when they absconded a massive nationwide man hunt was launched.
Pictures of the 22-year-old were put out by police forces across the country as detectives feared the teenage girl had been abducted from her Torquay home.
Speaking afterwards, police warned parents to be on their guard.
“One of the most important things is to ensure your children are chatting to people they know in the real world, not purely in the virtual world.

Man found guilty of grooming and raping 13-year-old boy - A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty of grooming and raping a 13-year-old boy.
Gregor McMurtrie, of Leybridge Court, Lee, was also convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of inciting his teenage victim to take part in sexual activity.
The boy was approached by McMurtrie via a chat room on the internet in the early hours of August 23 last year.
He suggested they meet that morning and at around 6.15am they went back to McMurtrie’s house.
The victim tried to leave but McMurtrie would not let him and then raped him.  Read More>>

Scottish sex predator student faces prison - A student described by prosecutors as one of Scotland's most dangerous sexual predators has admitted 32 charges related to the abuse of children.
Andrew Byrne, 20, used the internet to groom and abuse 19 children, aged between eight and 15, a court heard.
He sexually assaulted some victims and subjected others to indecent behaviour between September 2007 and July 2009.
A 13-year-old girl from Manchester then met Byrne through another chat service.
Byrne travelled down twice to meet her in 2008 and 2009 and recorded them being involved in "explicit sexual activity". He later forwarded the images on to nine other people.
Byrne then had sex with two underage girls, aged 13 and 15, in 2008 at a flat in the Glasgow's Bridge Street. Read More>> 

Two men raped 14yo internet girl - Two Victorian men gave alcohol to a 14-year-old girl one of them met on an internet chat service before they both raped her, a court has heard.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Handros met the girl through the MSN internet chat service a year earlier and they swapped photos and agreed to meet.
The accused bought vodka and supplied the girls with four to five alcoholic drinks over 30 minutes.
Singh then drove the four of them to his property in Lalor where they drank more alcohol.
Det Sen Const Muileman said Singh indecently assaulted the 14-year-old before taking her to a bedroom, locking the door and forcing her to have sex.
A short time later Handros also raped the 14-year-old girl. Read More>>

January, 2010

Sask. mom embraces paranoia after daughter's abduction - A Saskatchewan woman says she is now "super-paranoid" after her 13-year-old daughter was lured on the Internet and later taken out of the province by a 41-year-old man.
"This will always be with us. It scared the heck out of her," the woman said in an interview.
The girl, then a top student at her school in Swift Current, Sask., met Daniel George Nickolson of Windsor, Ont., in an Internet chat room in December 2007. During the next four months, they chatted online and later by phone.
In the early morning of March 18, 2008, a taxi with Nickolson in the back seat pulled up to the end of the driveway at the family's farm. The girl had crawled out a window and was waiting on the road with a packed suitcase.
"People don't take this seriously, but it's easier to manipulate children. Educate your kids. Monitor them on the computer."the girl's mother said. "It's scary."

Internet luring trial to open  - Victoria man accused of abucting 12-year-old girl - Albert Quinones was charged in 2008 with abducting a person under 14 years old, obstructing police, luring by computer, possession of child pornography and sexual interference with a person under 14. He was 24 at the time.
Quinones is alleged to have contacted the girl, in Grade 7 at the time, via an Internet chat room.
She was reported missing to Vancouver police by her parents Jan. 18, 2008. The mother told police the girl had previous contact with a Victoria man in a chat room. 

Woman arrested for luring - A Barrie teenager is distraught after his online flame was arrested upon returning to Texas where she could face a stiff jail sentence.
A Texas woman who travelled to Barrie last week to meet a 16-year-old boy she'd met on the Internet is not facing any charges in Canada, but she was nabbed by police Tuesday morning after her plane landed in Houston.
Lauri Price, 42, has been charged in Texas with two counts of online solicitation of a minor and one count of child enticement.
However, Texas law enforcement officials say Price could also face federal charges, including child sex tourism, where a person travels outside the country with the intent of having sex with a minor.
Family members say Barrie teenager Andrew Kane is distraught over what has transpired with his online girlfriend, whom he met more than a year ago through an online chat room devoted to the video gameWorld of Warcraft. Read More>>

California man faces decade in federal prison for traveling here for sex with Wayland teen - A 31-year-old California man faces a mandatory 10 years in federal prison after he admitted to traveling to West Michigan to have sex with a 15-year-old Wayland area girl he met in an Internet chat room.
Jason Michael Wood pleaded guilty to the 2008 offense of enticing a minor to engage in sex under a plea agreement that dismissed four other felony charges.
Wood told a judge he and the victim began corresponding in the chat room and on the phone in 2007.
He came to the region and rented a hotel room for a week, picking up the victim from her high school each morning and then dropping her off before school let out. The teenager's parents believed she was at school while she was with Wood Read More>>

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