Lacey man arrested in Facebook sting

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Police in Lacey, Washington arrested 47-year-old Mark J. Daniel after he went to a hotel hoping to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Daniel allegedly was a neighbor of the girl and befriended her on Facebook. The girl’s mother contacted the girl’s juvenile probation officer stating that the girl may be having an inappropriate relationship with a man on Facebook. A county court commissioner ordered the girl to surrender her Facebook password.

When investigators logged on to the girl’s Facebook they say that Daniel almost instantly appeared in Facebook chat. Of course this led police to pose as the 13-year-old girl and got Daniel to show up at a local hotel where he thought he was meeting the girl for sex. Or as we call it here he was looking forward to child rape. Instead he was met by police who arrested him on charges of suspicion of attempted second-degree rape of a child and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Just because Facebook hasn’t garnered the reputation yet of being plagued by pedophiles like MySpace is doesn’t mean they’re not there. Even on Facebook parents need to remain vigilant. As I always say parents are the only true line of defense between predators and children.