The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, December 16, 2005

On the hunt for Internet sex predators

What happened after Dateline's first report?

As they always do, Frag and Del, volunteers from Perverted-Justice turned over all of their online evidence, from the pornographic photos to the online chats, to law enforcement.

Just last week Lt. Jacoby’s detectives brought “Specialguy29,” the man who stood naked in our kitchen, in for questioning. They also executed a search warrant for evidence in his car and home. They seized a computer and other property. Charges have not yet been filed.

Since some of the men were in the Army and Navy, Del contacted the military. "Dateline" was told that those men are under investigation. Full Story

I just finished watching the new report on Dateline' investigation into internet perverts predators. I was relieved to see that the Fairfax County has begun looking into the case, and had even brought in some of the men for questioning.

We knew that two of the sickos in the report had already lost their jobs due to the investigation- source for that is here. As for the criminal investigation-

The Army told “Dateline” that the military man who tried to entice a minor into depraved sexually acts is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.

And the Navy says it is investigating a man, a chief petty officer with the screenname “photofrog1962.” He said a few times in his chat that he wasn’t coming for sex, but he also asked the decoy to shower with him, masturbate, and asked if she wanted to be his “first.” He also wanted her to model for him.

Perverted-justice put all the men’s pictures and entire chat logs including their phone numbers on here.

Right about now, there are some parents looking at this feeling relieved that their children do not use chat. Those dame parents may be feeling comfortable because their kids are only doing such things as blogging. Don't feel too secure just yet. Read this story before you ignore the dangers of blogs.
Blogs can include information such as your child's email, city they live in and their state, the school that they attend, their age, names of their friends, and worst of all- all the things that are on their mind. Have you recently had a disagreement over curfew? You can expect that to pop up on a post at some point in time. Is you child feeling lonely? At a age where they are seeking approval from the opposite sex? Predators will be reading your child's thoughts, getting to know the details of their life- and they can do this months before they send that first message to your kids. To unknowing young people, by the time they meet this "stranger", the stranger can know enough about them to seem like a soul mate, someone they could relate to, and worse of all trust. Is that something you are willing to risk?


Peakah said...

Outstanding job! I've been following this group Perverted Justice since they did some stings here in Las Vegas.

I too wrote about this latest episode on Dateline on my site but not nearly as well.

Keep up the great work! I have to add you to my blogroll if ok.