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Computer-Generated Child Nabs 1K Predators

Organization warns that 'webcam child sex tourism' is on the rise

(Newser) - Dutch children's rights activists have come up with a novel way to catch online predators: They created a very realistic computer-generated 10-year-old girl. Researchers from the organization, Terre des Hommes, then posed as "Sweetie," who was supposedly from the Philippines, and logged onto Internet chat rooms. During... More »

Outside Sex Predators' Homes in Florida: Red Signs

18 signs now peppered throughout Bradford County

(Newser) - Police in Bradford County, Florida, have taken a highly visible step in making sure no sexual predator goes unnoticed: Officials there last week erected bold red signs in front of the homes of 18 registered sexual predators. GTN News reports that the signs are permitted under a Florida statute that... More »

Cops: Savile Among Biggest Sex Predators in UK History

Police say a staggering 450 victims have come forward

(Newser) - When allegations of sex abuse surfaced against the once-beloved British entertainer Jimmy Savile, police initially thought there were 25 to 50 victims, reports AP . A three-month police investigation out today shows that Savile, who died in 2011 at age 84, was a much bigger monster than that, reports the Guardian... More »

3 Rape Cases Lead Flirting App to Ban Minors

Skout says it did its best to install safeguards

(Newser) - Location-based flirting app Skout has suspended its service for minors after the arrests of three men accused of raping young people they met by posing as teenagers. Execs at the company, which set up the service for 13- to 17-year-olds last year after discovering that large numbers of minors were... More »

Program to Lock Up Worst Sex Offenders a Mess

Just 15 men have been successfully committed, while others wait years

(Newser) - The Justice Department has sought to indefinitely detain 136 "sexually dangerous" sex offenders under a controversial law enacted six years ago that allows them to be locked up for good if three things are proven: the crime was child molestation or an act of sexual violence, the offender has... More »

Bullied Girl Pleads on YouTube: Am I Pretty or Ugly?

'I feel like I could just go away and never come back,' says Faye Gibson, 13

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl relentlessly bullied at her Denver school posted a heart-wrenching YouTube video pleading with viewers to tell her if she's pretty or ugly. Some of the comments have been even more brutal than her treatment at school. "It hurt me to see those comments about my... More »

Brit Cops: Facebook Too Soft on Sex Predators

UK police call for site 'panic button'

(Newser) - Facebook isn't doing enough to protect its users from online sexual predators, the UK's top police officials charged yesterday. The criticism comes amidt a dispute over an online "panic button" that would allow Facebook users to report suspected contact by pedophiles directly to authorities. Child protection advocates want the... More »

Facebook May Sue UK Tab for Flubbed Sex Predator Story

Said reporter posing as girl harassed by men

(Newser) - Posing as a 14-year-old girl on Facebook, a Daily Mail reporter was bombarded by messages from 20- to 40-year-old men wanting "to perform a sex act"—only it was really another social networking site, and Facebook is livid and threatening to sue over the misreported story . The author... More »

Phillip Garrido Irked Over Ankle Monitor in '08

Alleged Jaycee Dugard kidnapper pointed to 19-year clean record

(Newser) - Phillip Garrido complained in 2008 about having to wear a monitoring device because he had not been in trouble with the law for 19 years—nearly as long as he allegedly held Jaycee Dugard captive. Some 120 pages of newly released parole records paint a portrait of a convicted rapist... More »

Cops Use Facebook to Bust Underage Drinkers

Phony 'friend' gains access to drinking photos

(Newser) - Wisconsin college student Adam Bauer should represent a cautionary tale for Facebook users under 21, or otherwise on the wrong side of the law: be careful what you post, and whom you friend. Shortly after accepting a request from an unfamiliar, “good-looking girl,” Bauer was invited to the... More »

A Sex Predator Speaks

Pa. man, convicted of soliciting child sex, says he was set up

(Newser) - From Pennsylvania detective Michele Deery’s perspective the story goes like this: Fishing for sexual predators, she logged online posing as a mother who wanted to find someone to have sex with her two young daughters. She soon found a nearby man who, without too much prompting, offered to have... More »

Evangelist Convicted on 10 Counts of Sex Abuse

(Newser) - Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher who became an outfitter to the stars and fought the federal government over claims he underpaid followers for church work, was convicted today in Arkansas of taking five girls across state lines for sex. The jury of nine men and three women found Alamo... More »

Sex Offenders Kicked Off MySpace Land on Facebook

Company analyzing data for MySpace says of 90K booted, minimum 8K back online

(Newser) - MySpace grabbed headlines today when it announced that it had kicked 90,000 registered sex offenders off the site over the past 2 years. Where did they all go? Many went to Facebook, says Sentinel, the security firm that roots out such offenders for MySpace. “We found over 8,... More »

Danger From Internet Predators Overstated: Study

Media exaggerates reports of minors solicited online, task force finds

(Newser) - Remember all the hoopla about sexual predators on MySpace? Well … never mind. A task force created by 49 state attorneys general finds no significant problem with minors being propositioned by adults on social-networking sites, the Raleigh News & Observer reports, with widespread fears to the contrary a “moral... More »

Man Who Lured Boy on Facebook Gets 35 Years

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Chicago stockbroker was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for soliciting sex from minors on Facebook, the Tribune reports. Facebook said this appears to be the first case of a sexual predator using the social networking site. Michael Macalindong posed as a girl to lure a teenage... More »

Facebook Sets Safeguards Against Sexual Predators

Site adds more than 40 new protective measures

(Newser) - Facebook has implemented more than 40 additional measures to protect users from pedophiles and online bullying, the AP reports. The site now limits results for older users searching for minors, and has banned sex offenders from registering. "Building a safe and trusted online experience has been part of Facebook... More »

Canada Raises Age of Sexual Consent to 16

Measure targets Internet sexual predators

(Newser) - Canada increased the minimum age of sexual consent by 2 years to 16 today, the Canadian Press reports. The law is intended to snare sexual predators who prey on 14- and 15-year-olds, and exempts sex that occurs between two individuals less than five years apart in age. Canada's age of... More »

Sex Convicts May Face Internet Ban

NY bill aims to keep 25K offenders off social websites

(Newser) - New York's 25,000 convicted sex criminals will be banned from Facebook and MySpace if a bill unveiled today becomes law, CNET reports. Dubbed E-Stop, the legislation requires sex convicts to submit online identities and screen names so participating sites can block them. Those who committed a sex crime over... More »

Voyeurs Sneak Past MySpace Privacy Blocks

Months-old bug permits viewing of teen photo albums set to 'private'

(Newser) - Voyeurs have been exploiting a MySpace bug for months to see supposedly private teen photos, reports Wired. The bug first cropped up in the fall and has gained traction on ad-based websites that make it easier to take advantage of it. The revelation comes just days after MySpace struck a... More »

MySpace Adds Anti-Predator Measures

Networking site reaches agreement with states to protect teens

(Newser) - MySpace will add protections to prevent abuse by sexual predators, officials of several states said today. The social networking company reached an agreement with 49 states over concerns about predators contacting children through its popular site. MySpace will also join a working group aimed at developing new technologies, such as... More »

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