Foot Pursuit

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Robin Lyons, Fiction AuthorBLOG POST #238: Research on a true-crime involving a 32-year-old man.

Can you imagine chasing after sexual predators all day at your job?! Thank goodness there are law enforcement officers who specialize in investigating online child exploitation and sensitive crimes. They make an immense difference every day, and yet few people are aware of what they do.

When the 32-year-old man in this case requested to be friends on Facebook with a 14-year-old girl who lived over 350 miles away he didn’t know he became friends with an undercover sheriff’s officer.

The local authorities knew this particular predator because of an investigation into the sexual assault of his two step children ages 2 and 9.

As the man and the officer began building their online relationship, the officer made it quite clear the girl he was portraying was 14-years-old.

The man wanted a photo of the girl. And then he started scheming ways for her to leave her family and live with him. He’d take “care” of her.

They sent photos of an undercover officer in a swimsuit. Then he wanted more explicit photos. The content of the communication between the two became more graphic and disturbing. After five days of back-n-forth chatting, the predator sent a graphic photo of himself to the girl he believed to be 14. In return, he wanted nude photos.

When he didn’t receive nude photos and his ideas of how to get her to him failed, he became impatient and began walking to the girl’s home—over 350 miles. His trek would take him about 108 hours. Along the walk he sent her selfies with time stamps and landmarks. Officers arrested him as soon as he notified her he’d crossed into her county—over 300+ miles traveled.

He pleaded guilty to attempted child enticement. Because he had a prior conviction of child abuse, the judge sentenced him to ten years in federal prison. And because there were several incidents in the years since the conviction where he had allegedly sexually abused minors, the judge added to his sentence lifetime supervised released and register as a sex offender.

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Thanks for reading. Stay safe and healthy!

-Robin

Source: U.S. District Court, U.S. Department of Justice, Fox 11 News, WBAY 2 First Alert

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