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How A Sinister Myspace Predator Targeted Teen Girls

Posted by familydynamics on January 6, 2008

Parents: Do you think your teen is safe on Myspace? Well, read this story:

On his MySpace page, he called himself “sex master Adam.” He said he was 20 years old, and the page featured photographs of a muscular, shirtless young man.

His spelling and grammar were atrocious, but the words on his personal profile page left little doubt about the kind of girls he wanted to meet.

“yes i am from buffalo,” he wrote. “what im looking for are some bad lil girls and when i say bad i mean really bad girls who will do anything i ask them to.”

His MySpace page drew reponses from dozens of teenage girls, some as young as 13. And after communicating with Adam several times, some of the girls sent him pictures of themselves in the nude, sometimes in extremely lewd poses.

Police recently learned that Adam was really David W. Evans, a 48-year-old cafeteria worker who lived alone in an apartment on Buffalo’s West Side. Cheektowaga police and the FBI arrested him last month, and charged him with coercing a minor to produce child pornography, a federal felony crime.

Six victims have been identified so far, but police believe there may be many more — dozens, possibly more than 100. They are trying to track down other teens whose pictures were found on Evans’ cell phones and computer.

As police continue their investigation and more girls are located, questions are being raised about the victims, too:

• Regardless of how old she thought Adam was, why would any teenage girl send naked pictures of herself to a man she had never met?

• How could the girls’ parents be unaware of what was going on?

• How common is this kind of conduct in the Internet age?

For cops and others studying the case, there are no simple answers.

Please pay attention to what your teens are doing online.

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Deadbeat Parents’ Privileges Can Be Suspended

Posted by familydynamics on January 6, 2008

The state of Illinois has a variety of ways to force parents to pay child support. In recent years, state legislation has cracked down on so-called deadbeat dads and moms who don’t pay up.

According to Becky Jenkins of the Pike County circuit clerk’s office that oversees collection of child support in Pike County, there are more than 700 child support cases on record locally. A printout of those cases with balances due, shows a significant amount of those in arrears, some in amounts totaling several thousand dollars.

The State of Illinois has been passing legislation to get children the financial help they deserve. There is a new law that went into effect in October of this year that gives them the power to suspend the driver’s license of a deadbeat parent. The new law allows the Department of Human and Family Services to issue a letter to the violator and gives them a time to come into compliance, to either become current or enter into a payment arrangement. If they don’t, DHFS can issue a notice to to suspend their license until it’s paid. A court order is no longer required.Hunting and fishing licenses may also be denied if a parent is more than $1,000 delinquent.

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