Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #246

Predators never take a break… thankfully, in many areas of the country, neither do police. What we need to make sure is that parents also stay vigilant, and monitor their child’s internet activity with monitoring software like PC Pandora.

An Oregon man was arrested in a sting op when he showed up at a home in hopes of having sex with an 11-year-old girl…

June 26, 2013
Man arrested in online sting
By Canda Fuqua, Corvallis Gazette-Times

A 54-year-old Newport man took substantial steps to form an online relationship with a 14-year-old girl, pick her up in Corvallis and take her with him to Idaho in a motor home, police said.

However, there was no 14-year-old girl — only a fictitious account created by a Corvallis detective to catch online predators, according to Lt. Cord Wood of the Corvallis Police Department.

James Leroy Graham pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court on Tuesday to one count of online sexual corruption of a child in the first degree and 11 counts of the same charge in the second degree — all felonies. Each charge related to an incident where Graham allegedly communicated online with the fictitious girl his plans to meet her and engage in sexual contact with her, according to court documents. [READ FULL STORY]

5 men were arrested in Montana as part of an undercover sting op…

June 28, 2013
5 men charged in Great Falls with sexual abuse of children
From KRTV, Channel 3 Montana

GREAT FALLS – Five people have been charged in Great Falls with sexual abuse of children following an undercover investigation.

The five people are Edward Burk Dupuis; Zachary Beston; Perry Gamache; Albert Stuart Ross; Miguel F. Gardipee.

Court documents state that the five men responded to postings on Craigslist and other online ads that were actually created by undercover agents as part of a sting operation that involved officers with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

The suspects all responded to what they thought was an 11 or 12-year old girl, but was actually an undercover officer. [READ FULL STORY]

An online predator sting in Canada caught 22 men… this story below is about the 9 that came from Newfoundland.

June 26, 2013
9 Newfoundland men charged in Operation Snapshot II
43 computers seized, containing millions of images
From CBC News

Nine of the people charged after an investigation involving several police forces are from Newfoundland.

The investigation — known as Operation Snapshot II — targeted online predators who were exploiting children in Atlantic Canada. It took several months and culminated in multiple arrests, two rescued children and a mountain of evidence.

Twenty-two men from four Atlantic provinces have been arrested, including the nine from Newfoundland.

Police said the ages of those charged range from 22 to 55. Charges range from accessing child pornography to possession of child porn, and making of child pornography and voyeurism. [READ FULL STORY]

8 men were arrested in central Texas in an Internet predator sting op…

July 2, 2013
Eight arrested for soliciting children online
By YNN Staff

Texas law enforcement officials conducting an undercover investigation arrested eight suspected online sexual predators in June.

Officials with the FBI, Texas Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit and Round Rock police, conducted the joint investigation. All of the suspects have been charged with online solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by at least two years in prison.

Investigators say three of the suspects allegedly placed online advertisements seeking sexual encounters with children. The other five suspects were arrested for initiating online chats to sexually proposition children. [READ FULL STORY]

And this final report is a roundup of the internet predators recently convicted in South Carolina…

July 28, 2013
SCAG announces string of Internet predator convictions
ABC Channel 4 Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Attorney General Alan Wilson released a list of people who had pleaded guilty to various crimes against children online.

The Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) division worked seven separate cases in four South Carolina counties.

“These cases are more important victories in our ongoing fight to protect South Carolina children and families from online predators,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said. “I commend all the law enforcement officers and prosecutors who were involved in finding these abusers. Together, we will keep working to protect children from those who mean them harm.” [READ FULL STORY]

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