Every once in a while I just have to be cruel. But take a look at these toads. Do any of us want our children associating with these creeps in any way?
According to Bristowbeat.com:
A joint proactive operation between April and May 2015, targeting individuals soliciting minors for sexual acts online, concluded with the arrest of seven individuals, one from Gainesville.
This operation, conducted by members of the Northern Virginia/DC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including detectives from the Prince William County and Manassas City Police Departments, was not in response to any specific incident and did not involve actual children.
“Undercover detectives used an undisclosed online site and posed as underage juvenile females,” police spokesperson Officer Jonathan Perok said. “As a result of the investigation, multiple men contacted the undercover detectives and, during the course of communications, solicited sexual acts.”
Perok said these conversations took place through electronic means over the course of multiple days.
“In each of the incidents, the suspect made arrangements to meet the undercover detective at a public location in Prince William County,” he said. “Once there, members of the task force arrested the individual without incident.
Kids are stupid and they want to be grown up. They also have that flaw that makes them think they are immortal. We wouldn’t drop our kids off at the mall alone for a week. Yet many parents have no idea what their children are doing online.
As the Internet becomes ubiquitous, parents need to stay vigilant and make certain they know who their kids are communicating with online. Now most kids have their own tablets and smart phones, the job for parents becomes even more challenging.
More and more resources will surely have to be poured into this crime area if our kids are to remain safe. Pervs take full advantage of advances in technology and also how un-savvy many parents are. Several local schools are having evening workshops to teach parents about basic internet safety as it relates to their children. Good for them! You can be the head of your IT team at work and still not know basic kid talk online.
How can we help cut down on some of this creepy crime?
Disclosure: I know that people are innocent until proven guilty. I must assume that these toads are not guilty.