Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #228

Here are a few more reasons to use PC Pandora computer monitoring software to know who your kids are talking to online and to protect them from internet predators…

This guy used social media to prey on teenage girls. They would become friends and he would invite them to his house. They were stupid enough to go (and clearly their parents weren’t monitoring) and they were raped.

February 12, 2013
DA: More women come forward in Facebook rape case
Six tell authorities that Bethlehem man assaulted them, Morganelli says.
By Pamela Lehman, The Morning Call

Authorities say six more women have come forward in the investigation of a serial rape suspect in Bethlehem who police say targeted his victims through Facebook.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday no additional charges have been filed against 20-year-old David Martinez of Bethlehem.

“I think we are going to see even more young women come forward,” Morganelli said.

At a news conference last week, he appealed for potential victims to contact investigators.

Authorities said they believe Martinez is a serial rapist who used social media to prey on young women and girls.

Martinez remains in Northampton County Prison under $200,000 bail in two rapes he was charged with last week. Police said his victims were 14 and 17 when they were attacked last year at Martinez’s home at 421 Maple St. after agreeing to meet him face to face for the first time after becoming acquainted with him over Facebook. CONTINUE READING›

This is a profile in the ICAC unit in Columbus Ohio.

WCMH: News, Weather, and Sports for Columbus, OH

February 7, 2013
Special Unit Helps Protect Children From Online Predators
By: Denise Yost, Multimedia Content Manager, WCMH-NBC4

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Every day there are predators in the online community, trying to make a connection with their next young victim.

In Central Ohio, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has a special unit dedicated to finding predators before they connect with your child.

Law enforcement agents call it manufacturing: when the suspect knows who the victim is on a personal level.

Last year, manufacturing increased by 450 percent in the state, and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force made 124 arrests.

NBC4′s Marcus Thorpe had the opportunity to go inside the investigations from the child pornography to what’s called the traveler: the person who ventures out to meet who they hope is a child. CONTINUE READING›

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