Friday, May 23, 2008

MySpace Sting Yields Arrest


Full story and MySpace profile:

Tyrone Police arrested an Altoona man after he made contact with someone who he thought was a 14-year-old girl from Tyrone on a MySpace.com web page.

The person who posed as ‘Jessica’, a 14-year-old girl from Tyrone, was actually Tyrone Borough Council Vice President William Latchford.

Latchford acted on his own and created this persona for the internet on MySpace.com. Latchford belongs to a group dedicated to the protection of children from predators on the internet.

Latchford first met with Tyrone Police on July 18, 2007 to inform them of his contact with the Altoona man, Jeff Karle, age 45. Latchford first made contact as ‘Jessica’ on July 14 and Karle was aware of how old ‘Jessica’ supposedly was. Karle told ‘Jessica’ that it was okay that she was 14.

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