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November 19, 2014
3 men charged with rape of same 15-year-old girl
Robin Brown, The News Journal
Three men in their 20s have been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl they met through social media, New Castle County police said Wednesday night.
They were identified as Steven McAvaney, 22, of the first block of West Reybold Drive in the Village Brook Mobile Home Park in the Summit area north of Middletown; Paul Coco, 26, of the 100 block of Christiana Crossing off Del. 7 in Bear, and Sean Hargett, 22, of the 700 block of Second St. in Milford.
All have been arrested and charged with rape and other offenses, Sgt. Jacob Andrews said. Two also were charged with child pornography possession, for photographs they had of the victim, he said.
The investigation – in collaboration with the state Division of Family Services – began Oct. 16, Andrews said.
Investigators learned the girl had sexual intercourse with all three men at different times and locations throughout the county over the last year, he said.
Investigation revealed she met and communicated with the men through social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, www.meetme.com and KIK, Andrews said. [READ FULL STORY]
November 18, 2014
Internet Safety For Teens In Spotlight After Girl’s Alleged Kidnapping
PERRY HALL, Md. (WJZ) — Disturbing new details about the abduction of a Baltimore County girl. The man accused of kidnapping the 12-year-old is now facing federal charges as a search warrant reveals what led authorities to him.
Meghan McCorkell has the latest on the investigation.
Victor Arroyo was already charged with abduction and rape. Now the feds have charged him with transportation of a minor—which carries a minimum of 10 years behind bars.
In his first court appearance, 34-year-old Victor Arroyo told a judge he didn’t do anything but investigators say one week ago, he approached a 12-year-old girl as she walked to her Baltimore County middle school and forced her inside his car. They say he drive her to his home in North Carolina and sexually assaulted her. The two had allegedly been communicating online. [READ FULL STORY]
November 25, 2014
Man arrested after meeting girl on Facebook
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — A 28-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Monday after parents said they found him in bed with their 15-year-old daughter.
Indiana State Police officials said Joshua A. Wright, 28, met the girl on Facebook and climbed into her bedroom through a window. ISP officials said the two had sex before her parents discovered what was happening. [READ FULL STORY]
November 19, 2014
Missing Missouri teen found, Tampa man arrested
Tampa, Florida — A Missouri teenager who went missing earlier this month has been found in Tampa, and a man is being held in connection with his disappearance.
The 15-year-old boy was found safe at a Tampa residence on Tuesday morning. Mountain View Police Chief Jamie Perkins says the teen was transported for questioning by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting arrangements for transportation back to Mountain View.
According to the Mountain View PD, the teen had developed an online relationship with 46-year-old Stephen Underwood and during the online communications, Underwood offered to allow the boy to live with him in Tampa.
Hillsborough deputies say that on Nov. 7, Underwood arrived in Missouri and picked up the 15-year-old without his parents’ consent and drove him back to his home in Tampa. His parents then reported him as a runaway. [READ FULL STORY]
November 19, 2014
Naperville man gets 10 years for child solicitation, child porn
By Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune
A Naperville man who created a bogus identity on Facebook in an attempt to lure underage girls into sexual encounters has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, DuPage County prosecutors said Wednesday.
Eric Hakala, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecent solicitation of a child and one count of child pornography.
According to authorities, Hakala went on the social media site posing as a 15-year-old boy named Mike Evans and engaged in sexual conversations and sent explicit photographs to girls who were minors. Police also say they found more than 100 images of child pornography in his possession. [READ FULL STORY]
November 26, 2014
Operation Turkey Shoot helps capture alleged sexual predators
By Ashley Johnson, My Fox Houston
RICHMOND, Texas -A big warning to parents — is your child too absorbed in social media? The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says its investigators just caught four men on various websites who could have been looking to lure your daughter.
It’s a three-day operation called Operation Turkey Shoot and we aren’t talking about Thanksgiving. Deputies posed as teen girls on social media sites.
FBCSO dash camera video shows one driver trying to evade law enforcement officers. Investigators say the man could have been on his way to meet your child.
“I think it’s one of the worst crimes you could ever commit when you are actively attempting to engage with children under 18 for sex,” Sheriff Troy Nehls says. That is exactly what this chase was all about — a predator targeting a child for sex. The man captured on the dash camera video thought he had been communicating with a girl around 13 years old, but he found out the hard way that it wasn’t her. [READ FULL STORY]
November 17, 2014
Police allege father, son sexually abused 14-year-old girl they met via social media app
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Experts are warning parents about what children could be doing on social media, especially when using apps that aren’t as popular as Facebook or Twitter.
Police in Skagit County allege a father and his son raped a 14-year-old girl after she met the son on an app that’s very popular among teens.
Investigators said Adam Kirkby, 21, met the child on an app called Whisper, and then introduced her to his 52-year-old father.
The abuse is alleged to have been going on for four months before the child’s parents found disturbing messages and photos on her phone. That’s when they called police.
“It’s heartbreaking to see that some young girl is being victimized,” said Larry Dargitz Sr.
Dargitz was shocked to learn that his neighbors allegedly sexually abused a girl just a couple of doors down from his Burlington home. [READ FULL STORY]