Online Sex Crimes Arrests

Online Sex Crimes Arrests

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The internet has given birth to the way we connect with people across the world, but the intentions behind some of those connections are corrupt.

In just two weeks, these seven men were arrested for online solicitation of a child for sex. Their ages range from 23 to 39.

Corporal James Morton with the Saraland Police Department, nabbed them all.

"There are some cases that we've made to where it would be someone who has just gotten to the age of a teenager, but the majority of these cases unfortunately these individuals are seeking who have not even reached the age of puberty yet," said Cpl. Morton.

Of the 7 arrested, he says 6 of them not only expressed interest in having sex, but actually traveled with intentions of meeting a child under the age of 15.

He also says he's meeting them in online chat rooms, classified sites, social media and virtually anywhere where there's opportunity for direct contact.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1 in 25 children ages 10 -17 have received an online sexual solicitation where the predator tried to make contact offline.

Mandy Tapper and her friend admit, like many other teens, they are internet addicts.

"I know people who have met people online, but thank God it wasn't anybody bad." It scares me. I just try not to talk to anybody that I don't know," said Tapper.

That's why her mother and other parents I spoke with tell me it's important to constantly keep up with how your child is using it.

"We know her passwords, as well as knowing who she's talking to at any moment we ask, let me see your computer, let me see your phone, and we check it," said Sandy Tapper.

"Talk to the kids and let them know it's dangers out there," said another parent.

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