Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #244

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In this story, a police officer assigned to a rape case became her online predator…

June 10, 2013
Experts: Sexual Predators Often Known By Victims

The Youngstown police officer accused of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old is the second law enforcement agent to be charged with inappropriate conduct with minors this year.

Detective Sgt. Robert Lodwick was assigned to investigate a rape involving a 14-year old girl, but he’s now accused of possessing naked photos of her and soliciting sex from her online. Back in February, a probation officer with the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center found himself behind bars as well. [READ FULL STORY]

A 24-year-old Nevada man was arrested for posing as a teenager and soliciting and extorting nude photos from a 16-year-old girl…

June 12, 2013
Sparks man arrested in alleged Facebook scam to extort compromising photos of teenage girl
By Steve Timko, Reno Gazette-Journal

A Sparks man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly posing as 17-year-old boy on Facebook to get compromising photographs of a 16-year-old girl and then threatening to share them with the girl’s classmates if she didn’t provide more or meet him.

Jimmy Gallegos, 34, was being held Wednesday on $20,000 bail after Washoe County School District police arrested him on suspicion of extortion.

School police chief Mike Mieras said Gallegos, a casino worker, and the girl established contact on Facebook in mid May with Gallegos pretending to be a 17-year-old student at a local high school. The girl is a student at another high school in the area. Mieras said he did not know which one. [READ FULL STORY]

A 21-year-old man was busted in a sting operation in Louisiana when he tried to solicit sex from what he thought was underage girls… but it was the cops.

Acadiana’s Multi-Media News Station

June 12, 2013
Troopers arrest online sex predator
By Devin Bayliss, KLFY

Tuesday Louisiana state police arrested an Erath man for illicit behavior involving juveniles as part of their program “Operation Child Watch” to protect children from sexual predators.

Beginning in February of this year detectives with Louisiana State Police have partnered with federal officials for an investigation of online chat rooms. During this investigation the detectives posed as young girls on chat sites.

During this time the detectives encountered 21 year old Micah Landry who they say had explicit sexual conversations involving photographs with the detectives he believed to be young girls. After setting up a meeting Landry was taken into custody yesterday without incident. [READ FULL STORY]

A 23-year-old man in California was arrested in a sting op when he showed up to meet what he thought was an 11-year-old disabled girl he had met online for sex… it was the cops.

June 14, 2013
Petaluma man arrested in child sexual predator sting
By David Louie and Matt Keller, KGO

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A Bay Area man is accused of a sickening crime. He was busted in an online sting operation in which police say he took the bait to meet an 11-year-old girl with disabilities for sex. The girl didn’t exist, but the charges he faces sure do.

It’s the kind of crime that no one wants to think about, but it can happen on a street corner or in a neighborhood anywhere in the Bay Area. We have a very behind the scenes glimpse into what it takes to arrest predators and the toll it takes on detectives. [READ FULL STORY]

And now the big one… once again Florida is just a brimming pool of online predators. Must be the heat… though a lot of these guys came from all over. Polk County Sheriff’s once again held a week-long online sting op, and this time caught 41 guys!!

June 17, 2013
Polk sting targets child sex predators, nets 41 arrests

A tax accountant who serves as a church deacon, a youth football coach, a Disney World costume designer and a Dunedin retiree were among 41 people arrested during a weeklong Polk County sting targeting online sexual predators, officials said.

Those arrested included suspects from Wisconsin, Georgia and Alabama who investigators said traveled to a Polk undercover location to have sex with who they thought were 13- to 15-year-old boys and girls, the sheriff’s office said.

The 40 men and one woman responded to ads and chatted with undercover investigators on social media sites, including Backpage and Craigslist. The operation ended Sunday.

Suspects came from a variety of social and economic backgrounds. Eleven admitted they were married. They ranged in age from 65-year-old Floyd Edward Weir, of Dunedin, to 18-year-old Erin Vickers, who accompanied her 35-year-old boyfriend to meet with a 14-year-old girl, deputies said. [READ FULL STORY]

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