Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2007

Be aware of your child’s online usage

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December 20, 2007

With the Baldwin City Police Department's second arrest in a month of an online sexual predator, it's become even more obvious to us that parents must monitor their children's computer usage online. Painfully obvious.

It can - and does - happen here. Luckily for Baldwin City, the police force has received training in cyber crime, most notably the ways sexual predators operate online and lure unsuspecting teens, or others, into trouble.

The first arrest of a 38-year-old Carbondale man here in November was the first wakeup call. It also showed the Baldwin City police were on the ball. The second arrest of a 44-year-old Missouri man in Olathe last week should be a 2-by-4 between the eyes.

This man is sick. Very sick.

The Signal has been told - off the record - just what this latest predator had in mind for a teenager. It will never see print. It's simply too ghastly, too unbelievable to even hardly imagine.

All we can say is thank God it was police officers who were actually in e-mail contact with this man and not the 13, 14 or 15 year old girl he was really after. If you have daughters take note. If you don't have daughters, take note anyway.

There are sick people running loose online, just like there are anywhere. But, the world wide web gives them an unbelievable opportunity to search out victims anywhere. It's happened here twice - and those are only the cases that thankfully police were involved with.

Who knows what's really gone on here?

As Police Chief Mike McKenna said of the latest arrest, "It just makes you wonder about what these kids are saying online."

Get to know what your children are saying online and where they're saying it. Let's hope these two wakeup calls are enough and we don't ever have to see a story about one of these predators having success here.

It could happen.


greyghost 10 years, 4 months ago

Who wrote this story? Most every other story is by Jeff Myrick or Jimmy Gillespie, but this one seems to be anonymous.

Well, whomever wrote this article needs to understand that we should not be thanking "God" for the police work. Rather we should be thanking BCPD.

I know. I know. Maybe "God" works directly through Mike McKenna, right? Well, if that is the case then I shall go ahead and thank "God", even though I'm an athiest.


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