Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday

So I have decided, subconsciously at first, to do this once a week… when I have pulled together a good amount of stories from around the country to showcase the plethora of sickos arrested, caught or tried every week for trying and in some cases succeeding in having sex with minors they met online.

Here we go… in no particular order:

Rimersburg man faces Internet predator charges
From The Clarion News (Pennsylvania)

RIMERSBURG – A 27-year-old Rimersburg man has been charged by the state attorney general office’s child predator unit relating to the use of the Internet in an attempt to have improper relations with a minor.

John R. Goodman Jr. is charged with two counts each of unlawful contact with a minor and attempted unlawful contact with a minor, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all third-degree felonies.

According to court documents, a female agent of the AG’s child predator unit encountered Goodman in an Internet chat room allegedly known to be used by child predators.

The agent, posing as a 13-year-old girl, was contacted by a person in the chat room using the name “shady16282008.”

The user name and computer IP user was eventually traced to Goodman’s home.

Goodman allegedly said he was 27 years old and the agent allegedly identified herself as being 13 years old and asked Goodman if the age difference bothered him.

Goodman allegedly said he was OK with age difference and started a “mature sexual conversation” with the agent.

Goodman allegedly asked for photographs of the agent and she sent him a photograph of herself when she was 13. The photograph was described as non-suggestive.

Goodman alleged suggested the agent, posing as a 13-year-old girl, meet with him in his vehicle and asked for additional photographs.

Court documents list some of the conversations between Goodman and the agent, which are too sexually explicit to publish here.

At one point, Goodman allegedly set up an Internet cam and performed a sexual act on himself, sending the image to the agent. Goodman’s face allegedly was visible in a mirror in the room along with several tattoos that allegedly match those on Goodman’s body.

Goodman waived a preliminary hearing on the charges and was released on $25,000 bail.

Suspected Honolulu online predator indicted
Honolulu Advertiser Staff

A 30-year-old Waipahu man arrested Friday in a law-enforcement sting operation that targets online sexual predators of children was indicted today by an O‘ahu grand jury.

Tyler M. Wong was charged with first-degree electronic enticement of a child for allegedly setting up a meeting for sex with a 13-year-old girl. An agent for the Hawai‘i Internet Crimes Against Children task force posed online as the girl.

Wong was arrested at 12:25 a.m. Friday when he showed up for the meeting at Kaonohi Street and Moanalua Road. Authorities said Wong is a physical therapist employed by the state.

Wong was charged Saturday and released after posting $40,000 bail. A warrant stemming from the indictment has been issued for Wong’s arrest.

Internet predator arrest helps persuade legislature to hire specialist
Mid-Hudson News Network

KINGSTON – A New Jersey man is in custody after being nabbed in a sting orchestrated by the Ulster County Sheriff Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.

Aung E. Aung, 42, of West Orange, NJ, is charged with three counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor.

The felony charges stem from a month-long investigation by the ICAC. Aung had engaged in numerous conversations with an undercover deputy, posing as a 14-year-old female. Aung initiated several communications of a sexual nature, and sent three photographs of himself performing a sexual act.

On April 4, Aung said he would like to make a trip to Kingston to met with the girl for the purpose of seeing a movie and getting a motel room.

Members of the ICAC, New York State Police, Ulster Police Department and URGENT set up surveillance, picking up Aung’s vehicle, following him, and making the arrest. Police in New Jersey subsequently searched his residence, seizing a laptop, cell phone and other evidence.

Aung is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Metuchen man faces online child-luring charge
The Press (of Atlantic City)

MAYS LANDING – A central New Jersey man was arrested after he tried to arrange an encounter with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old girl on the Internet, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said Wednesday.

Brian Sharkey, 27, of Metuchen, Middlesex County, was charged with child luring and endangering the welfare of a child, Housel said.

Over the course of the week-long investigation, Sharkey contacted an officer from the prosecutor’s Child Predators Unit who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, said assistant prosecutor Donna Fetzer. Sharkey allegedly had several sexually explicit conversations with the “girl” and arranged to meet “her” in a restaurant parking lot to engage in sexual activity.

“Pedophiles should realize that the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Child Predators Unit exists to proactively disable the activities of online predators who would take advantage of our children,” Housel said in a released statement. “Their criminal behavior will not be tolerated and they will be appropriately punished.”

Sharkey was taken to the Atlantic County jail and was released after posting $75,000 bail, Housel said. If convicted, he faces as many as 15 years in prison.

Still think parents shouldn’t be worried? These guys ARE out there!

It’s good to see the cops slowly cleaning the trash off the Internet, but monitoring software like PC Pandora can help you be certain that your child or teenage surfer never has a run-in with slimeballs like these…

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