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Internet Sex Crimes Archives

Florida minors targeted by online predators

Florida readers may have heard about recent stories involving Internet sex crimes, such as online stalking or solicitation. However, new research suggests that teenage girls may be particularly at risk for these crimes.

Florida sex offenders disclose online screen names

Under Florida state law, sex offenders and sexual predators are usually required to give authorities their email addresses and screen names before using them in social network or other online sites. That information is then forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which puts the identifying information on a sex offender registry website available to the public.

Florida woman implicated in Internet prostitution ring

A Florida woman was recently arrested for her alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. The woman and her partner allegedly ran a prostitution ring that operated out of several apartments.

Florida municipality considers new sex crime ordinance

Leaders in a Florida municipality are considering a new city ordinance which some residents feel is too aggressive. The law would require sexual offenders to stay at least 300 feet from many places where children gather within city limits, including bus stops, libraries, parks and schools.

Additional restrictions coming for Florida sex offenders?

In previous posts, we've discussed various sting operations by Florida law enforcement. Such operations frequently target Internet sex crimes, using applications such as text messaging or chat rooms, and involve an undercover officer posing as a minor. Today's story highlights a new virtual territory for such enforcement efforts: online video games.

Florida man arrested for Internet sex crime

Investigators recently arrested a Florida man for an Internet sex crime. He has been charged with one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and three counts of dissemination of obscene material to a minor.

Florida man arrested for Internet sex crime

A Florida man was recently arrested after Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents received a tip about the man's alleged computer chatting with a minor. Agents served a search warrant on the man's home, where they removed computers and hard drives. A search of the confiscated computer revealed that the man, who worked as a computer programmer for a local hospice, had saved over 20,000 chat messages with young girls, many of them requesting and/or exchanging naked pictures with the chat recipients. The man is currently being held in jail without bail, where he awaits a trial on his Internet sex crime.

Florida prostitution moves off streets, into social media

Adult advertisements on common websites, like Craigslist or Backpage.com, have drawn scrutiny from federal prosecutors. They allege that certain areas of those Internet sites may serve as bulletin boards for sex trafficking or prostitution.

Man charged for online Facebook solicitation

Social media commentators have coined a new phrase to describe Facebook users who collect as many friends as possible: friend collectors. People matching the description are believed to approve any friend request on the social media site -- regardless of whether they really know the person -- in an effort to gather the highest number of friends.

Facebook alerted police to man's online sex chat with teenage girl

Many Florida readers might be surprised to learn that Facebook has an extensive technology for scanning postings and chats for Internet sex crimes. Suspicious conversations are automatically flagged for the review of Facebook employees.

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