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December 5, 2013
Outsmarting online child predators
From Pittsburg Gazette
Every day, law enforcement officers around the state who specialize in cyber crimes investigations work tirelessly to identify and locate potential child sex predators who troll Internet chat rooms for underage victims. Since its launch in 2003, the Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit has arrested 150 suspects who used the Internet to prey upon children.
In a series of undercover sting operations during the month of June, for example, our cyber crimes officers teamed with officers in the Round Rock Police Department and the FBI to identify, locate and arrest eight suspected child predators in Williamson and northern Travis counties. All eight suspects were charged with online solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by at least two years in prison.
During the undercover operation, Cyber Crimes Unit officers identified and arrested three suspected online predators who placed or responded to online advertisements seeking sexual encounters with children. Cyber Crimes Unit officers also arrested five suspects who initiated online chats on social networking sites to sexually proposition children. One of the suspects arrested was Noel Santos Torres, a 31-year-old restaurant chain manager. According to investigators, Torres initiated online chats and exchanged sexually graphic text messages with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl. The “girl” was actually an undercover Cyber Crimes Unit officer. Torres sexually propositioned the girl and arranged to meet her on June 12 at a location in Round Rock. Cyber Crimes Unit officers identified and arrested Torres when he arrived at the meeting. [READ FULL STORY]
December 7, 2013
Hatfield man admits sexual contact with girl, 13, he met on Facebook
By Carl Hessler Jr., Montgomery Media
A Hatfield man has been jailed for having sexual contact with a teenage girl, contact that included a sexually-charged Facebook conversation and an encounter on a baseball field of the Upper Perkiomen High School in Upper Hanover.
Robert Francis Nolen, 20, of the 400 block of Fairgrounds Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday to six to 23 months in the county jail on charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor of a sexual nature in connection with incidents that occurred between February and May 2012. Nolen pleaded guilty to the charges in March.
Judge William R. Carpenter also ordered Nolen to complete three years’ probation after he’s paroled, meaning Nolen will be under court supervision for about five years. Nolen also must report his address to state police once he’s released from jail in order to comply with Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Assistant District Attorney Anthony Coccerino argued for jail time against Nolen.
“When you have any person who is an adult preying on a child, a child in this case who was 13 years old, it becomes a jail worthy sentence,” Coccerino said. “What he did was he abused her. He took advantage of her age and her lack of understanding and he preyed upon her. He did it for his own sexual gratification and because of what he did to this girl and the lifelong impact that it’s going to have on her, jail time was absolutely appropriate.”
Nolen was 18 at the time of the crimes, court papers indicate. Authorities alleged Nolen engaged in sexual activity with the girl in the dugout of the baseball field of the Upper Perkiomen High School in Upper Hanover. [READ FULL STORY]