Two [Internet Predators] for Tuesday

Ripped straight from the headlines… Not an April Fool’s joke…

Campton Man Convicted in Internet Sex Case by Geoff Cunningham Jr. of The Citizen of Laconia in New Hapshirenew_hampshire_fp_md_clr.gif

This first guy was arrested a while back and just recently convicted of attempting to solicit sex from a person he believed to be a minor using the Internet.

Morgan Stickney III, 36, of Campton was found guilty of prohibited use of a computer by a Grafton County jury. The crime is a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum of 31⁄2-7 years in prison.

pop_star_on_the_internet_ty_clr.gifThe investigation of Stickney began in 2006 with officers from the Belmont Police Department. Belmont investigators had worked with Perverted Justice to monitor Stickney’s activity in online chat rooms, alleging that he propositioned what he thought was a minor for sex and that he exposed himself using streaming video.

I know there has been issue of PJ’s tactics… but if the guy is exposing himself over a webcam, I don’t care who you are – that is guilty! The article continues…

State law says a person may be charged with such a felony if the person knowingly uses a computer online service “to seduce, solicit, lure or entice or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child or another person believed by the person to be a child to commit” a sexual act. trench_coat_spy_sm_clr.gif

Police arranged a “sting” operation in an undisclosed location in Belmont where Stickney allegedly agreed to travel for what he believed was to be a sexual encounter with the underage decoy.

The hairy part is that he did not show up and authorities traveled to his home in Campton and arrested him for the online activity. They also confiscated his computer. Stickney’s attorney, of course, used this and PJ’s past record which she said is not a legitimate investigatory agency but rather a “vigilante” group that seeks to make catching would-be predators a “blood sport.”

girl_cop_chasing_thief_sm_clr.gifProsecutors in Belknap County defended Perverted Justice at the time of Stickney’s arrest, calling it just one of the resources they can use to catch online predators.

The second story is a recent arrest and, unfortunately, does involve a minor: Man who met teen boy on MySpace faces indecent liberties charges by Veronica Gorley Chufo of the Daily Press in Newport News VA. virginia_fp_md_clr.gif

A 26-year-old Chesapeake resident faces a charge of taking indecent liberties with a child after meeting a 14-year-old boy on MySpace.

Brandon Noah Smith was stopped for a minor traffic violation Wednesday around officer_muldoon_with_speeder_sm_clr.gif10:45 p.m. in the area of Harbour View Boulevard and College Drive in northern Suffolk. The traffic officer spotted the 14-year-old and asked how they met. They gave conflicting stories.

Investigation actually revealed the met on MySpace and had arranged the meeting to engage in sexual activities. Additional charges are expected to be filed.

OK, I’ll spare the usual “where were the parents” rant because, clearly there were “not there”… aside from that – this should be a reminder to all parents that teens DO take risks and DO consent to sex with older men. Both boys and girls do…

Do NOT just sit there and say “well, my kid wouldn’t” and try to raise the “I don’t want to spy on my kids” argument. Something tells me that is what this 14-year old’s parents said…security_camera_panning_up_ty_clr.gif

These are your kids. Don’t take chances. Monitor computer and Internet activity with software like PC Pandora version 5.0. It’s the only way to completely know… and knowledge is power.

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