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The Arrests Of 26 Men Expecting To Meet Young Girls Is Another Reason To Keep Your Kid Off Social Media

shutterstock_141168856__1395687920_142.196.167.223A Florida sheriff’s office announced the arrest of 26 men today, accused of using the Internet to line up dates for sex with children. The men – whose ages ranged from 19 to 51 – all showed up at a house expecting to be meeting children. One of the most shocking parts of the story? The 26 arrests took place in the last five days. That it is so easy to round up that many predators in such a small amount of time makes my head spin.

The men believed they would be meeting children between the ages of 11 and 14. The Orlando Sentinel reported that one 26-year-old man told officers he set up the meeting with a child as a way to “celebrate his wedding anniversary.”

The suspects include two pizza deliverymen, a postal worker, a security guard and a 20-year-old landscaper whose mother dropped him off at the house where the rendezvous was to take place. The men used chat rooms, social media and other Internet sites to communicate with undercover deputies and police officers from other agencies posing as children or the parents of children, willing to let their children have sex with a stranger.

 

The chief deputy said the men used social media, chat rooms and other sites to communicate with undercover officers posing as children or the parents of children willing to let their children have sex with a stranger. Some of the suspects spent hours chatting online and one even made a call to a female officer who was posing as a young girl.

That this many predators could be rounded up in five days scares the crap out of me. The Internet is vast and creeps abound. I know I just sound like a paranoid parent now, but every time I read another one of these stories I become more convinced that my children will not have social media profiles in their futures.

Each suspect was arrested and accused of traveling to have sex with a minor. I’ll just mention one more time that these men were 19 to 51 years old and the girls they thought they were meeting were 11 to 14.

Gross.

(photo: Sebastian Gelbke/ Shutterstock)

 

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  • Tinyfaeri

    Happy Anniversary, Hone- DUDE, WTF?

    I don’t know if keeping kids who are an appropriate age to use it off social media entirely is the right way to go, but definitely monitoring what they’re doing (ex: I need the password to every account you have), and teaching them to never, ever give out personally identifying information like last name, address, phone, etc. over the internet, even if the person sounds like they’re just another cool, fun kid. For me, age-appropriate would be around 13 or older, depending on the kid.

    ETA: But seriously, to celebrate his anniversary?! I can’t say enough WTFs.

    • pixie

      Yeah, I think the BIG thing is teaching kids to never give out personal identification on the internet. And I think it would be greatly beneficial to incorporate more “internet safety” into schools (though I know teachers often already don’t have enough time to teach everything as it is).

    • Tinyfaeri

      In an ideal world, it would be good if there were a current tech section for all students that included it and other security/safety tips yearly.

    • Life-Sized Mommy

      I’m still amazed by the guy who had his mom drop him off.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Nonononononononononononononono. No. Nope. No.

  • Robotic Socks

    I hope this was concluded with a circle jerk or else there will be a lot of blue balls during the strip search

  • LiteBrite

    Once in awhile I watch the “murder porn” shows on Investigation Discovery, and there was recently a story on Kacie Woody, a 13-year-old girl who thought she was talking to a 17-year-old surfer dude from California named Dave. Instead, the Dave in question was a 46-year-old divorced pedophile who showed up at her house, abducted her, then killed her after he was done. It was a chilling story, mostly because as this article illustrates, it wasn’t an isolated incident.

    And the idea that someone wanted to “celebrate a wedding anniversary” by consorting with a child just brings up a shitload of WTFs that I can’t even comprehend.

  • disqus_l2Y6czwa0M

    Disgusting filth in this world….how can a person’s brain be so twisted to want to engage in sex with a child? It is incomprehensible to the normal person, but these sick f**** keep telling themselves it is part of their make-up, like brushing your teeth or changing your socks…no wonder there are over-protective parents, you have to be.

  • Buffy

    From now on we’re Amish.

  • Jessie

    And yes, I made an official Disqus account just because I NEEDED to post that GIF response.

  • Jessie
    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      Sadly, that was my first reaction.

  • Kay_Sue

    Oh, daily dose of disgust, how I have missed you…wait, no, no, I haven’t. Could have done without the reminder. *shakes head*

    • pixie

      KAY_SUE! YOU’RE BACK! :D

      PS. Have you seen the shit storm of a comment section on the story about the dog that got shot? We had a lot of fun with that troll. Bahahahaha.

    • Kay_Sue

      I have not seen it, but I will have to head over that way to see. I will pop some popcorn first.

    • pixie

      That is pretty much a must. It’s like watching a slow motion train wreck.

    • Kay_Sue

      That was worth reading. I chuckled a lot. Especially at the “jugglers”. I had no idea pittbulls had a particular fondness for them. That’s good information to have.

    • pixie

      Oh totally. I love all the regular commenters even more after that lol.

  • C.J.

    I don’t want social media to be a forbidden fruit. I teach the kids about it. The little one isn’t really in to it yet, more the older one. I have rules though. I have to have the password and I am fb friends with her. She is not allowed to accept friend requests from people she doesn’t know. She can only chat online with people she knows. She says if she wouldn’t want her mother to read it she shouldn’t be posting it anyway. She had a rumour end up online about her so she has a pretty good understanding of how fast things can get around online. I try to make it an open topic and educate her about the risks. She is so busy that I think I check her facebook more than she does anyway.

  • Paul White

    What sort of fucked up marriage was that?

  • Tara

    Ugh, we are looking to buy a house right now and I made the mistake of looking up all the sexual predators in the areas we are looking. It makes me sick how many of them there are! Seriously, just everywhere. So sad. It is really hard to not be a paranoid helicopter parent if you think about these things too much.

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