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.