Man Arrested for Engaging in Online Sexual Crime
The Cyber Crimes Task Force of West Texas arrested a man from Medford, Oregon, on October 4, 2007 on charges of traveling to meet up with a child to engage in sex.
An undercover maneuver led to the arrest of Richard Hoyt Wales, 59, in El Paso.
In September 2007, Wales had started an Internet chat with someone he thought was a child's mother but was actually an undercover investigator. Wales pretended to be the minor's mother, Andreas Simmons, an FBI spokeswoman said in a statement. Elpasotimes published this in news on October 6, 2007. Wales told the child that he wished to journey to El Paso to see both her and her mother and have sex with them.
When Wales reached El Paso, the Task Force arrested him for committing coercive offense and enticing the minor to give consent for explicit sexual conduct, referred to as a violation of 18 U.S.C. 2422(b).
The members of the Task Force include agents from El Paso Police Department, Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Richard Hoyt Wales faces charges with effect from October 4, 2007 of enticing and coercing a minor child to engage in sexual relationship, an offense of federal nature and liable for punishment to serve a prison term of up to 30 years and fulfilling a fine penalty.
According to other news, investigating officials belonging to Cyber Crimes and Fugitive Units of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott arrested 14 sex offenders charged of creating fake profiles on MySpace.com and establishing an online presence. After Abbott summoned MySpace to make an attendance at court, the social networking site provided a list of offenders who committed sexual crimes through the site.
A new survey estimated that on an average day, 75 Million children hook on the Internet and one in 5 come in contact with sexual predators.
The arrests signal a warning to parents whose kids browse social networking sites and use their services, Abbott said. Government Technology published Abbott's statement in news on October 8, 2007.
All Texans should maintain vigilance about activities of sex predators and their online dangers, Abbott said.
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