William Joe Mitchell arrested

Virginia State Police Arrest Fugitive:

William Joe Mitchell, who I posted about here, has been arrested by Virginia State Police. 46-year-old Mitchell is accused of luring a 15-year-old Florida girl over MySpace to run away with him.

Mitchell was arrested Saturday morning at a Flying J Truck Stop in Winchester, Virginia.

Florida girl safe after running off with SO.

Missing teen home after fleeing with sex offender she met on MySpace:

A 15-year-old Florida girl who was reported missing and given an Amber Alert this week is now safe at home. The girl ran off with 46-year-old William Joe Mitchell whom she met on MySpace. The girl had thought that Mitchell was a lot younger than he was.

It turned out Mitchell is 46 and has been arrested 14 times on many charges, many of them violent, ranging from robbery to lewd and lascivious behavior, Judd said.

“This is what pedophiles and predators do best,” Judd said during a televised press conference. They use their charisma and charm to groom and lure children, he said.

“We are thankful he didn’t kill her,” Judd said of the man he refers to as “Billy Mitch.” “We are grateful to he took her to a populated area,” he said referring to the Wal-Mart.

Mitchell is still on the loose. I could not find a definitive MySpace for Mitchell.

Parents, do you need another one of these stories to get you to check up on your kids’ online habits?