27-year-old Rony N. Herrera Deleon of Falls Church, Virginia is not only accused of meeting a 17-year-old girl from MySpace but also abducting her, raping her and stabbing her.
After picking up his victim Deleon allegedly said that he had to stop at his aunt’s house and the girl went inside with him where Deleon stabbed and raped her. He also allegedly violated her with a foreign object.
Luckily, if you can really say luckily in this instance, the victim survived and was able to identify Deleon.
Kids, I implore you to stop going on these MySpace hookups no matter how well you think you know the person from meeting them online. The odds are that you don’t know them at all.
Angry Jim over there is 26-year-old Gregory Rother of Fairfax, Virginia. He allegedly met a 23-year-old woman over craigslist and when he went to her house he brandished a pair of knives and ordered her to strip. After trashing the place he ordered her to get dressed and forced her into a car.
When they drove past a police officer the woman signaled the officer who pulled them over. The victim then ran to the police car.
No word on what section of craigslist they met over. I’m guessing casual encounters which could use some cleaning up as well.
And ladies, my advice to you is don’t hook up with people on craigslist.
This an article from PC Mag that says a study from the University of New Hampshire’s Internet Solution for Kids, Inc. claims that sexual predators aren’t as prevalent on MySpace and Facebook as the media says they are.
“Between June and October 2007, we conducted over 400 interviews with police about Internet-related sex crimes … and we have yet to find cases of sex offenders stalking and abducting minors on the basis of information posted on social networking sites,” report authors said.
I would have to say that stalking and abducting through the internet in general isn’t as prevalent as one might think but grooming on the other hand is probably the preferred tactic of sexual predators.
Grooming is a way for the sexual predators to gain the trust of their underage victims and to make them think that their sexual ‘relationship’ is normal.
I would prefer to see a study that gives the numbers on how many predators are grooming children over MySpace rather than abducting.
Still parents should keep a close eye on your children’s internet behavior. Predators are usually one step ahead of the police when it comes to technology.