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Woman Indicted In Myspace Hoax

Posted by familydynamics on May 16, 2008

A 49-year-old Missouri woman accused of pretending to be a love-struck teenage boy on MySpace and driving a 13-year-old girl to suicide with cruel messages was indicted on Thursday on federal charges.

Prosecutors say Lori Drew and others created the fake MySpace persona of a 16-year-old boy to woo neighbor Megan Meier for several weeks, then abruptly ended the relationship and said the world would be better off without her.

Meier’s 2006 suicide by hanging, just hours after she read those final messages, made worldwide headlines and prompted calls for social networking sites like MySpace to crack down on cyber-bullying.

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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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Myspace Used to Protect Others from Online Predators

Posted by familydynamics on January 2, 2008

Since the internet has become a haven for online predators, some local law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of the growing social networking site Myspace. Myspace has a long track record of being the playground for sexual predators and other social deviants.

Gibson County is the first local law enforcement agency and one of a growing number of agencies nationwide to create department accounts on MySpace, which purports to have more than 300 million profiles and is increasingly popular with children and teenagers.

A Pew Internet & American Life Project study released this month found 64 percent of all teens used it or similar Web sites to post videos, photos, blog entries or other content online.

Brad Garnett, the Gibson County deputy sheriff who spearheaded the effort and now maintains the department’s profile page, likens it to a marked patrol car parked along a busy highway. While that presence has a direct effect on the number of speeders, Garnett said the department’s presence on MySpace could lessen the number of child predators, particularly those who target children who have the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department listed among their friends.

Let’s hope other law enforcement agencies soon follow Gibson County’s example.

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Myspace Deletes Page Of Convicted Burglar

Posted by familydynamics on December 5, 2007

Myspace has decided to delete the page of a convicted burglar from its social networking site. Stan “Pampy” Barre, III, son of convicted political operative, Stan “Pampy” Barre, had his myspace page deleted in the social networking sites’ efforts to rid users who are using its’ site for unsavory purposes.

Mr. Barre was originally charged with first degree burglary, first degree theft, and theft of a firearm. The New Orleans native led the State of Washington’s police force on a high speed chase after committing the crime. When he was captured, he told the police that he was a New Orleans police officer. Upon checking with the authorities, the Sumner police department discovered that he was a deputy civil sheriff in the 1990’s who was let go but was still carrying a badge.

This stunned the Sumner’s police fearing that they had some sort of delusional psychotic under arrest. Mr. Barre plea bargained and later pled guilty to residential burglary which resulted in a three month home detention sentence .

Mr. Barre’s father, Stan “Pampy” Barre, is now awaiting sentencing for his role in looting from a massive energy savings contract that was awarded during former Marc Morial’s reign as Mayor of New Orleans. It seems that this crime family has finally had to pay for some of their criminal activities.

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Prosecutor Won’t Bring Charges In Myspace Suicide

Posted by familydynamics on December 4, 2007

Megan MeierDo you think this decision is fair? No criminal charges will be filed in the case of an Internet hoax that ended in a teenage girl’s suicide in a St. Louis suburb last year, the local prosecutor said yesterday.

The prosecuting attorney for St. Charles County, Jack Banas, said he did not find enough evidence to charge the adults involved with harassment, stalking or child endangerment.

The hoax centered on a MySpace profile that appeared to belong to a boy named Josh Evans who contacted the girl, Megan Meier, in September 2006 when she was 13. After a monthlong flirtation, Josh’s e-mail suddenly turned nasty, and he and Megan quarreled online. Megan hanged herself on Oct. 16, 2006, the day after she received a message from Josh saying, “I don’t like the way you treat your friends, and I don’t know if I want to be friends with you.”

Lori Drew, an adult neighbor who lives four houses from the Meier family, said in a police report that she created the Josh Evans character to gain Megan’s trust and learn what Megan thought of Ms. Drew’s daughter, a former friend of Megan’s.

How would you feel if an adult harmed your child in any way? There has been countless other reports about scammers on Myspace. One in particular comes to mind. There is someone, on Myspace, pretending to be a rap artist, however, he is a con man, from the New Orleans’ area, who uses Myspace to plan home burglaries. What would you do if you encountered these particular individuals? Let us monitor our kids on social networking sites.

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Should Lori Drew Receive Jail Time For Myspace Bullying?

Posted by familydynamics on November 30, 2007

In a previous post, I wrote about Megan Meier, the 13 year old girl who took her own life after being bullied by her 48 year old neighbor,  Lori Drew.

Lori Drew, the Meiers’ 48-year-old neighbor in suburban St. Louis, admitted in a police report that she created a fictitious MySpace account and pretended to be a boy with a romantic interest in Megan. According to the police report, Drew created the profile to find out what Megan was saying online about her teenage daughter.

I believe Lori Drew should receive jail time for her actions.  What do you think?

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These Headlines Are Increasing

Posted by familydynamics on November 27, 2007

Police: Teens Assaulted By Men Met Online

Teen Girls Assaulted For Hours

 


Two men are accused in the sexual assault of two teen girls they met on a popular social networking Web site.Juan Carlos Coello, 19, of East Haven, and Julio Gambana, 18, of Brooklyn, N.Y., are accused in the sexual assault of two girls they met on MySpace.com.

Police said the 17-year-old girls were assaulted in the Morris Cove section of New Haven late Saturday night.The victims met Coello and Qambana on MySpace.com a few weeks ago and had agreed to meet with them this weekend, according to police.

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