Do You Really Know Who You're Talking to Online?
Case ExamplesIn one case, a man in his 50s portrayed himself as being in his early 20s, met a 14 year old girl online and began having an online relationship with her. The girl would perform live sex acts on video for him and he later had sex with the girl. In another case, a man in his 40s met a 16 year old girl online and began an online relationship with her, and eventually set up a meeting to have sex with her. However, when he showed up for the meeting, he was greeted by an undercover cop and later learned that the undercover cop had posed as the 16 year old girl.
With networking websites such as Myspace, Facebook, Craigslist, and the latest Twitter, cases such as the two mentioned above, are becoming more and more common.
What Can HappenThe best advice is of course to be sure you know exactly who you're speaking to online. However, if you find yourself in a situation such as the two mentioned above, or any other situation that involves an underage girl or boy, you can be charged with a sex crime and if convicted, be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. And your photo will be posted on the Megan's Law website which will allow anyone looking on that website to know your exact whereabouts and to also know the exact sex crimes you were convicted of.