Saturday, December 22 2012
Facebook child sex predator CW jailed for five years
"CW, 31, of Hoo, has been jailed for five years after admitting sexual activity with a child
A pervert who preyed on a young girl before meeting her for sexual encounters has been jailed for five years under an extended sentence.
Using a false name, CW, 31, contacted the 13-year-old schoolgirl on Facebook and by text messages before they had what was described as a "consensual relationship".
A judge told the father-of-two, of Hoo: "I don't use the word grooming. It seems your victim required little in the way of persuasion. Your behaviour leading up to the commission of the offences is better described as predatory."
W admitted sexual activity with a child and of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity."
Aug. 6, 2013
Online Predators Not Distinctively Dangerous Sex Offenders
"A new University of New Hampshire study challenges the view that online predators are a distinctly dangerous variety of sex offender, requiring special programs to protect youth.
The study from the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center finds that sex offenders who target teens increasingly use Internet and cell phone communications to lure teens into sexual relationships. In crimes that involve such communications, offenders who meet and recruit youth online operate in much the same way as offenders who meet and know youth in ordinary offline environments.
"These are all serious crimes," said lead author Janis Wolak, a senior researcher at the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center. "But the so-called 'online predators' are not more insidious.""