25-year-old Ryan Reza Salehzadeh, of Fayetteville, Georgia, allegedly traveled to Pembroke Pines, Florida, in order to ‘have sex’ (child rape) with a 12-year-old girl whom he met on the webcam chat site Omegle. According to Google Maps that’s roughly a 9 hour drive. For those of you who may not know Omegle is a site that pairs you up with a random person to chat with. Its motto even encourages you to ‘Talk to strangers!’
Salehzadeh is said to have told the girl that he loved her and wanted him to be the first mas she had sex with. He also used the old predator adage of ‘age is just a number’…
“Age doesn’t matter it’s just a silly number, plus I’m not one of those people who freak out about age, I don’t care about age,” he wrote, according to the arrest warrant. “I want you baby.”
As I’ve said before Omegle is not an app. It’s a website that cab be accessed from any camera enabled device that has internet access and a web browser and Omegle has no way of verifying your child’s age. That means your kids could potentially access Omegle from their phone, tablet or computer at any time opening them up to predators like this. Luckily Salehzadeh was arrested before he could harm the girl but other children that have met predators through Omegle have not been so lucky.