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, June 13, 2008

Mom Catches Sex Offender

A mother who wishes to remain unnamed stumbled upon a startling discovery after her young teenage daughter informed her that she'd been chatting with someone on MySpace. The mother says that the daughter approached her after the conversations began making her uncomfortable. Failing to find a phone number for the man in question- the mom turned to the sex offender registry, only to discover that Andrew Coslett, 30 was indeed listed there, having served time for a sexual assault on a child on 2000.

The mother said she discussed the experience with her daughter. "When I showed her his photograph and there it was as a sex offender, she started to cry."

Police say Coslett also has previous arrests for aggravated vehicle theft, burglary, forgery and fraud. They also will investigate whether he had communicated with other children.

Coslett had also failed to register, so it's imaginable that the charges against him should help to put him away for at least a small amount of time.

If nothing else, this should AGAIN remind parents that it's important not only to talk to your children about their online activities, but to also monitor their activities. In this case, the mother was lucky that the child came to her- but it doesn't always turn out that way.