Thursday, May 22, 2008

Police: Predator Arrested Was One Of Worst


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This is a story about how the paths of two men recently crossed in Green Country. One is a grandfather, former preacher and police chief in Missouri. The other is a Creek County man charged with attempted enticement of a child in Missouri. The Internet brought the men together in ways neither could predict.

News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports sexual predators have always been around, but the Internet allows them access to victims like never before. Most parents have no idea how persuasive and insidious these criminals can be. They also think it won't happen to their child. Even good kids who know better are no match for men consumed with having sex with children.

The Internet is a treasure trove of information. But investigators say lurking just beneath the surface are people obsessed with finding virgin boys and girls in order to be their first, to groom them into sexual partners. Jim Murray's mission is to find those people. He does so in a small office inside his rural Missouri home, surrounded by pictures of his grandchildren. He still works with his department investigating cyber crimes.

Last fall, he got a tip about a Creek County man trying to set up a meeting with a 12-year-old Tulsa girl for sex. Murray went online, posing as a 13 year old girl named Cindy and messaged the man known as “rootsnake” and the conversation began. “He would, not only with me, but with all the other girls, say you're cute, really pretty. Then, he would get into sexual kinds of things, " says Jim Murray. He adds, “It's just repulsive to think he was talking, sometimes the girls were as young as 8 or 9." Murray says the conversation quickly went from nice to sex to more. “He gets on his webcam and I describe it as performs a lewd act and he wants her to do the same thing,” says Murray.

Murray learned “rootsnake” was Terry Sullins, a 46 year old man with a Sapulpa address, who was working as a security guard at Tulsa Public Schools. He also learned Sullins had hundreds of email addresses for young girls and had exposed himself to 70.

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