Recent Internet Predator and Sexting Nightmares In The News
Boy says he was sexually assaulted by Monument man he met in online chat room - A 19-year-old from Monument was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he had met online.
The 14-year-old told police he met a man he had known as "Zach" on an Internet chat site.
The boy said he had been chatting with the man for some time and on Monday, the boy told Zach where he lived.
The boy said later that afternoon, Zach arrived at his home and eventually sexually assaulted him, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said. Read More>>
Man jailed for grooming girl on Facebook - A 'SEXUAL predator' has been jailed for two years after grooming a teenage girl on Facebook.
Richard Bragger, of Astley Close, Woodrow, was given the sentence at Worcester Crown Court on Monday (July 15) after pleading guilty to causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.
The 41-year-old formed a relationship with the 14-year-old through the social networking site, where he had regular intimate conversations with her.
Det Con Matt Skelton, of West Mercia Police’s Child Protection Unit, said Bragger was fully aware the victim was only 14.
"Unfortunately social networking sites such as Facebook give sexual predators a new and easy way of targeting young people without necessarily having direct physical contact with them," he said. Read More>>
Paedophile who judge refused to ban from using Facebook after sex assault conviction faces jail for targeting young boys online - A paedophile who was allowed to continue using Facebook despite being convicted of sex crimes is facing jail for targeting young boys online.
Callum Evans, 21, from Queen Camel, near Yeovil, Somerset, posed as a girl on the social networking site to encourage victims to send him naked photos before meeting up with two 14-year-old boys and molesting them.
Two years ago a judge allowed him to walk free from court with a three-year community order for the offences - but did not ban him from Facebook. Read More>>
Net predator lures girls with massage ruse - A sex predator lured two underage girls into his clutches by posing as a masseur who needed "feedback" on his technique.
Emmanuel Lim Chin Pin, 22, contacted hundreds of youngsters on Facebook, offering them the $25-an-hour "job". The two victims responded.
After massaging the girls, aged 13 and 14, he sexually assaulted them - in one case, asking for money by threatening to reveal details of their encounters.
On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to nine charges including sex with a minor and criminal intimidation. Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Khoo said Lim began sending out Facebook messages last April offering girls part-time jobs involving a "survey".
When the 14-year-old victim responded, he told her it involved getting a massage and providing feedback. She accepted the job, thinking it would be easy.
But after taking her to his flat and asking her to lie down, he unhooked her bra and sexually abused her. Read More>>
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Suspected predator caught with boy after cross-country flight - An alleged internet predator who's accused of luring a boy has been stopped in his tracks.
The 14-year-old boy was rescued when the two were picked up by cops at the airport in Tampa as the plane touched down from a flight from Los Angeles.
Authorities say it all started in a video game chat room.
"It's certainly a classic case of online grooming by a sexual predator," Neal Griffin of Escondido Police Dept. said.
According to police, the victim started communicating with McLeod online about a month ago in a Playstation gaming chat room.
His parents discovered sexually explicit text messages and pictures on the boy's cell phone and notified police. Read More>>
Alleged Facebook predator charged - A New Albany teenager has been charged with four child sex-related felonies.
Blake Trusty, 18, of 1115 1/2 Vincennes St., is believed by New Albany Police Department officials to have had communication via Facebook with three 13-year-old boys for purposes of sexual gratification.
Trusty attempted to “arrange a private meeting with [the child] so they can talk and touch each other,” “During the [Facebook] conversation, Blake Trusty states that he wants to have sex with [the child],” according to the affidavit. Read More>>
Man, 27, accused of sexting, having sex with 14-year-old boy - A 27-year-old Vandergrift man is facing several charges after police said he admitted to exchanging sexually oriented text messages with a 14-year-old boy before eventually having sex with him.
Authorities said Todd James Fusillo is facing charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and others. Police said a text message on the boy’s phone from Fusillo offered him $100 to stay overnight at his house. Read More>>
Predator groomed girl (14) for sex acts after 'meeting' on Facebook - A 42-year-old father of four has been jailed for nine years for grooming a 14-year-old girl for sex after he had made contact with her through Facebook.
Donnelly had pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a minor on dates between August 1 and September 29 in 2010 at a previous court hearing.
The court heard that Donnelly groomed the 14-year-old for sexual acts over an eight-week period in 2010 during which he had sent her over 3,600 text messages. Read More>>
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Sexting in the News
Sexting ends in charges against 15-year old Calgary boy - A 15-year old Calgary boy has been charged with criminal harassment and making child pornography following a CPS investigation into sexting messages a teenage girl received last month.
According to CPS, the texts were all sexual in nature and some included threatening comments. The sexts all came from the same, unknown cellphone number. The victim also received over 25 calls from the same number, but she did not answer the phone. Read More>>
Children as young as 10 are 'sexting', says study - Schoolchildren as young as 10 are routinely having sex and sending explicit pictures of themselves to classmates, a survey has revealed.
The findings show boys frequently send pictures of their genitals to female pupils and 12-year-old girls agree to boyfriends' demands to send revealing snaps of themselves or be pictured carrying out sex acts.
One schoolteacher questioned said pupils are so pressured into sending naked photos to each other that they trawl the internet looking at child pornography to find suitable images.
Ms Barry said: "I was gobsmacked when I asked a class of 13-year-olds if they had ever sent naked pictures of themselves and not a single hand did not go up. Read More>>
4 Students Suspended For Sexting - According to school officials 4 students have been suspended from Cedar Springs Middle School for sending sexually explicit texts. Police say that they were alerted on Monday after the school security officer heard about students having semi nude photos on their cell phones. Cedar Springs Police tell FOX 17 that it appears that those involved were taking photos of themselves to send to a friend. The Cedar Springs Police is investigating to see if any young adults are involved with receiving or distributing these underage photos. The investigation involves both female and male students, ages 12 to 14. Read More>>
Ten Madeira High School Girls Caught in Sexting Scandal - Up to ten Madeira high school girls face discipline for sending nude pictures of themselves via cell phone. One of the girls is just 14 years old.
The prosecutor did not file criminal charges at the request of parents. But as Local 12's Jeff Hirsh reports, it's an embarrassing lesson for the students involved ... and others too.
When you're 15 or 16 years old, you probably think you'll live forever. You won't. but a picture ... especially a suggestive or embarrassing picture ... could outlive you on the internet. That possibility last month became a reality. The chief says eight to ten Madeira High School girls took naked photos of themselves and sent the pictures to other students. Read More>>
Four girls, one boy face ‘sexting’ charges - Chief: “A lot of kids are doing it”. Four teenage girls are charged with sending nude photos of themselves to a teenage boy who is charged with having the photos on his iPod.
Sharpsville police Chief Keith A. Falasco said that four girls – three from Sharpsville High School and one from Jamestown High School – were charged for e-mailing nude photos of themselves to a boy from Sharpsville High.
The boy was charged for storing and viewing sexually explicit images of a minor older than 12. Read More>>
Rockford middle schoolers suspended for sexting - With news of four East Rockford Middle School students suspended for sextingp rior to the holiday break, Shibler said the district had to become involved in a situation in which a 13-year-old girl texted a topless photo of herself to a boy. He said it became a discipline matter because it was being circulated among other students.
“Young people don’t understand the consequences of sexting,” said Shibler, who said it happened outside school hours on a weekend. “Any student, adolescent that engages in this is going to be paying the consequences far beyond being suspended from school.” Read More>>
Video: Teens Charged for Sexting Under New Pennsylvania Law - Two unidentified Salem Middle School students in Greensburg, Pennsylvania have been charged under the state's new sexting law, which bans teens from sending private text messages of a sexual nature.
Greensburg Police Detective Sgt. Henry Fontana told CBS Pittsburgh: “A 13-year-old girl took a photo. She was naked from the waist up, took a picture of herself and sent it to a 14-year-old boy at his request."
Under the new law, minors over the age of 12 charged for the first time will get a citation, but a second offense will result in a misdemeanor charge.
Felony child pornography laws could still apply, depending on the intent. Read More>>
Police looking into sexting claims at Region 8 high school - According to the police report, a high school student told a school resource officer that a student sent nude photos to several classmates.
"Pictures or text messages or anything that you send out, once it is gone, it is out of your control, and it is in other people's hands, and there's no getting it back," said Valley View High School Counselor Robyn Ford.
Police said depending on the ages of the students, people in possession of the photos and the teen that sent the pictures could face child pornography charges if the claims are true.
Ford said young people growing up during the digital age need to remember that their actions as teenagers can come back to haunt them later, and could follow them for life. Read More>>
Pa. man gets 20 years in teen sexting extortion - A Pittsburgh-area man will spend 20 years in federal prison on child pornography charges for sexting images he extorted from teens by using a young female relative's cell phone and Facebook identity.
The attorney for 44-year-old Russell Freed, of Brentwood, argued for leniency Monday.
Prosecutors said Fred contacted teen girls who were listed as contacts on his 21-year-old relative's discarded cell phone. Eventually, Freed extorted sexual pictures of the relative - even after she threatened suicide and confided about the extortion to him, not realizing he was behind it. Read More>>
Police investigating Granville school sexting incident - Granville police are investigating a reported "sexting" incident involving a male Granville Middle School student and a girl from another school who exchanged photos on their cellphones.
According to a Granville police report, the Granville student is being investigated for possessing criminal tools. The investigation resulted from a report by school officials that a GMS student told them a boy was showing other students a naked girl's photo on his phone.
According to the Granville schools' code of conduct, a student may be suspended for no more than 10 days or expelled for no more than 80 days. Read More>>
Police investigated sexting case at Prairie Ridge - Authorities have investigated allegations that male students from Prairie Ridge High School electronically sent provocative photos of female students to friends, according to the Crystal Lake Police Department.
Four female and six male juveniles were involved in the sexting incident, according to Police Chief Dave Linder.
The girls sent sexually compromising photos by cell phone to the boys, Linder said. The boys later passed the photos along to friends through the Internet and text messaging. Read More>>
Milford teen accused of ‘sexting’ 11-year-old girl - An 18-year-old Milford resident previously convicted as a sex offender is facing multiple criminal charges after sexting an 11-year-old schoolmate from Lewes, according to state police.
Ryan Bradford was arrested at his home Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Bradford is accused of sending text messages to the girl that were “sexual in nature” during the weekend.
Bradford is charged with three counts of obscenity, two counts of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and one count of unlawful sexual contact with a child under 12 by a sex offender. Read More>>
'Sexting' scandal at Midlothian High School - Seniors say it started with a freshman girl who texted an explicit photo to a boy, who then shared it with friends.
"You think you send it to someone you trust, and you can't trust anybody," said Hannah Sargent, a senior. "I don't know why you would want to do that."
Midlothian ISD confirmed to News 8 that it learned of the "sexting" message on Friday. The high school immediately suspended 12 students; two of them were placed in alternative education. Read More>>
Two Standley Lake High School Students Face Felony Charges In Sexting Case - Two teen students, ages 16 and 17, from Standley Lake High School in Westminster, Colo. are facing felony charges of sexually exploiting children for being involved in a sexting incident at the high school. The boys are accused of sharing a sexually explicit video that involved fellow underage students.
A video that showed some Standley Lake High School students performing a sexual act began to be passed around by students at the school.
The video was allegedly recorded by the older of the two boys charged, a junior at the school, who then passed the video around to other students including the 16-year-old being charged, who in turn also sent the video on to other students. Read More>>
School investigation into 'sexting' - Golden Bay High School is boosting its internet safety policies after pupils distributed sexualised images of a fellow student.
The "sexting" incident resulted in police involvement and the temporary suspension of the students who forwarded the content to other students.
"Recent incidents involving some of our students have highlighted concerns around the misuse of cellphones, Facebook and the like," said Golden Bay principal Roger File.
"A key question for parents to ask themselves is: what do I know about Facebook and my child's use of it?"
This is the second incident in the past four months where Golden Bay High School students misused cellphone technology and ended up in trouble with the police. "It's extremely serious and both parents and students need to have more awareness of the consequences." Read More>>
"Sexting" Investigation Could Mean Felony Charges - It happens more than you might think and with younger children than you'd imagine. It often goes unreported.
"Sexting" involves young people facing potentially devastating social, mental, and legal consequences.
But 7 On Your Side has learned about a serious investigation at the Greenville County Sheriff's Office involving an Upstate student who they say made a sexually explicit video and sent it to a boy at school. The investigation could involve several felony charges.
That's because a student who makes a "sext", even if he or she does so willingly, can be charged with manufacturing child pornography. That's a felony.
Simply having it on your phone can lead to a felony possesion charge.
Passing it along brings felony dissemination of child pornography.
All of those charges could mean a lifetime listed on the sex offender registry. Read More>>
Chaparral High School students suspected of sexting - At least four Chaparral High School students are suspected of distributing graphic photos of another student.
A school resource officer served a warrant to four unidentified juveniles Feb. 14 in Douglas County’s latest sexting case. However, no one was taken into custody and no charges have been filed.
Parents are sometimes unaware of the tools that can be used in sending inappropriate messages, including Skype and cell phones. The kids must consider the future ramifications of sexting, including charges that could follow them when applying for college or a job, Peitzmeier said.
“It’s something that could be with them forever. It’s kind of scary and sad”. Read More>>
'Sexting' students taken offline - Some Innisfil high school students got caught in the act when a group of youths got busted with nude photos of other students.
South Simcoe police were called to Nantyr Shores Secondary School on Wednesday when faculty discovered a large group of male and female students were sending naked pictures to each other using the BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM).
"It's a concern and it's something parents need to be aware of and talk to their kids about," Sgt. Lisa Hunt said. "Some young, naive people get talked into doing things, like sending a picture and then they're obviously not knowing it's getting passed around, and it is."
Police say the photos were sent consensually between students, but Hunt said the effects can go far beyond the school's walls. Read More>>
‘Sexting’ leads to criminal record - It might prove to be a hardship down the road, but a Thompson Rivers University student who hopes to one day become a lawyer will have a criminal record after admitting to “sexting” with the underage daughter of his employer.
Andrew Dyck pleaded guilty last year to luring charges, but was not sentenced until Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Now 24, Dyck was 21 years old in 2009 when he entered into a relationship with his boss’s 15-year-old daughter, initially via text message.
The two exchanged flirtatious texts — colloquially referred to as “sexts” — over a period of two weeks, with Dyck persistently asking the teen to send him naked cellphone photos.
She eventually obliged. Read More>>
Oak Creek police investigating middle school student accused of sexting - Police are investigating a middle school student accused of showing naked pictures of a girl to kids at school. And it's part of a growing problem.
Court documents say a 14-year old boy was showing off naked pictures of a 14-year-old girl on his cell phone. TODAY'S TMJ4 caught up with some parents and their reaction to the news might surprise you.
New documents from Milwaukee County Circuit Court describe an X-rated show-and-tell at the school. And now, a 14-year-old boy's cell phone is in police custody after students say he was using it to share naked pictures of a 14-year-old girl.
He claims she gave him the pictures. Read More>>
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Two teenage boys spend $20,000 on internet pornography - Two teenage boys racked up nearly $20,000 on their parents' credit cards to feed addictions to online sex sites.
Adelaide sex and drug addiction counsellor Robert Mittiga said the teenagers were among an increasing number of young people seeking his help for porn addictions.
"One lad spent something like $13,000 over a period of eight or nine months downloading porn and another kid spent about $6000 - and we are talking about 14 or 15 year olds," Mr Mittiga said.
Mr Mittiga, who runs GATS (Gambling and Treatment Services) Counselling Services Australia, said pre-pubescent children as young as 12 were downloading extreme pornography on their computers or smart phones, exposing them to a significant risk of psychological harm.
"Their brains are not developed enough to process what they are seeing and (they) are exposing themselves to a really high risk later on of addiction," he said.
And that is a very devastating addiction; it really disrupts the process of developing and learning about healthy relationships." Read More>>
North Shore's teen boys addicted to sex and violence online - Boys as young as 12 are becoming addicted to graphic and violent internet pornography.
“Internet porn is everywhere and a lot of young boys have become addicted,” he said.
“It’s all about instant gratification, rather than delaying urges and building relationships. It teaches them they can have sex there and then and doesn’t teach good values”.
Mr Citer said some schoolboys had developed “rites of passage” where they were required to sexually assault girls to become members of a club.
“A lot of this (internet) stuff is very violent, where you have five or six males having sex with a woman.”
He said internet porn was increasingly “a coping strategy” for boys under stress and the harder life got at school, the more they turned to it. The danger was they were being duped into thinking sex without a relationship was normal behaviour.
Many 12-year-olds were regular browsers of pornography and some were even younger. Read More>>
Internet porn a growing problem with children - Researchers have found that teen exposure to Internet pornography encourages sex at a younger age.
According to the journal Cyber Psychology and Behavior, males between the age of 12 and 17 who regularly viewed porn had sexual relations at an earlier stage in their lives than those who have not regularly viewed Internet porn.
"Believe it or not, the use of blocking software is declining in America [in conjunction] with the rise of the use of pornography by children," Trueman points out. "There's sort of a disconnect there .... so blocking software is very important." Read More>>
Internet porn 'encourages teenagers to have sex early' - Exposure To Internet Porn Leads Teenagers to Lose their virginity at a "much younger" age, researchers have found. A peer reviewed study from the journal CyberPyschology and Behavior revealed that males aged between 12 and 17 who regularly viewed porn had sex at an earlier stage in their lives and were more likely to initiate oral sex, apparently imitating what they had watched.
Scottish experts warned that the rise in the viewing of pornography was implicated in a variety of sexual problems - including a rise in levels of STDs and teenage pregnancies - and called for parents to be more aware of what their children were watching. Read More>>
Teen girls copy cyber sex acts, teen psychologist says - ONE in five teenage girls deliberately accesses pornography on the internet, which is encouraging some to engage in explicit sex, according to a leading teen psychologist.
And one third admit they have bullied or harassed someone online, according to a survey on the online habits of teenage girls.
Adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said some young girls were having oral, anal and group sex after deliberately or accidentally finding porn online.
"The illusion of anonymity on the net gives those girls a virtual dutch courage," Dr Carr-Gregg said.
"I do think this (survey) should be a wake-up call. This is clearly evidence that the situation is getting worse." Read More>>
1 in 3 boys heavy porn users, study shows -
Boys aged 13 and 14 living in rural areas, are the most likely of
their age group to access pornography, and parents need to be more
aware of how to monitor their childrens
viewing habits, according to a new University of Alberta study. Read more>>
A 15-year-old girl has been arrested for taking nude
photographs of her self and posting them on the Internet, police
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