When Law Enforcement poses as a teenager on-line in a sting operation to arrest predators, there are those who suggest it is unfair, entrapment etc. So what would do have to they say when a 16-year-old female meets a guy on-line, who presents himself as one thing but turns out to be something much different?
Elkhart police believe the 16-year-old met Matthew Sanders on MySpace, where he posed as a 19-year-old from Mishawaka, about two weeks ago
“It’s a very common occurrence of people meeting on social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook; it’s very common that the people set up profiles lying about their information, who they are, how old they are,” said Mitch Kajzer.
Another strange detail: Sander’s web-page listed himself as married, and he lately referred to his wife as “Steph.” The 16-year-old’s name is Stephanie, and there are pictures of her on his web page
In this case he was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor but it is unclear if further charges will be filed.
MISHAWAKA –– The two sisters reported missing at about 6 p.m. Wednesday were located about four hours later by Mishawaka Police Department officers at a residence in the 1600 block of Homewood Road in Mishawaka, according to the department.
The two sisters were picked up by Elkhart Police and returned to their residence, the news released stated.
Matthew Sanders was arrested on a preliminary charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Mishawaka Police Department characterized the incident as every parent’s nightmare, in the news release.
In what is a new twist a NJ girl, 14, was arrested after posting nude pics on MySpace.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 14-year-old New Jersey girl has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com — charges that could force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.
The case comes as prosecutors nationwide pursue child pornography cases resulting from kids sending nude photos to one another over cell phones and e-mail. Legal experts, though, could not recall another case of a child porn charge resulting from a teen’s posting to a social networking site.
MySpace would not comment on the New Jersey investigation, but the company has a team that reviews its network for inappropriate images. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped off a state task force, which alerted the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.