Internet Chat Leads to Sexual Abuse of 11 Year Old
By: Kate Scott
It's the latest example of how dangerous the Internet can be, especially
for children.On Tuesday afternoon, Kentucky State Police arrested
19-year old Patrick Gordon of Falfurrias, Texas,after they say he
used the web to prey on an 11-year old Lyon County girl. The two
met online in an Internet chat room.
Police tracked Gordon down at the Kuttawa Days Inn, after they
learned he'd come all the way from Texas and paid a visit to the
11-year old's school Tuesday morning. Allegedly, Gordon also made
contact with the girl at her Eddyville home Monday night. Police
aren't saying exactly what happened between the two, but charges
indicate there was some sexual contact. Trooper Barry Meadows,
with the Kentucky State Police, says its another reminder that
kids aren't always safe while surfing the Internet. "We urge
parents to monitor their kids while they're online, to see what
they're looking at and who they're talking to," he tells
Heartland News. "This case really hits home. It shows parents
how dangerous the Internet really can be."
Gordon faces five criminal charges in all: one count of unlawful
transaction with a minor, two counts of first degree sexual abuse,
one count of use of a minor under sixteen in a sexual performance,
and one count of distribution of obscene material to a minor.
He's being held in the Caldwell County Jail.
Story Originally posted at www.kfvs12.co