Wednesday, June 3, 2009

MySpace Contact Leads To Arrests



Here are two stories out of the state of Florida involving adult males (one a former cop, the other a school counselor), MySpace, children and sex.

First from The Palm Beach Post:
"A former Wellington afterschool counselor was arrested on charges of having sex last summer with a 12-year-old girl who he met years earlier in his school's after-school program.

Authorities say Blake Freda, 23, met the girl about four years ago while working as a counselor at New Horizons Elementary School in Wellington, where the girl began attending the after-school program in third grade.

He got back in touch with her in 2007 through the MySpace.com social-networking Web site, detectives say, and in the summer of 2008 - when the girl was 12 - he took her to malls and movie theaters, where the two engaged in sexual activity."
The girl's smart father ultimately grew weary of his daughter's recent behavior and installed a monitoring program that allowed him see both her online messages and MySpace account. Evidently, dad didn't like what he saw and immediately reported it to police.

Freda, who also operates this YouTube account, has been arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious battery.

Next up is the story of 22-year-old former police officer, Michael Gregory Miles.

The New Smyrna Beach man is alleged to have befriended a 14-year-old male student that he purportedly had met while volunteering at the Discovery Academy in Edgewater.

Eventually, according to Fox 35 News WOFL, Miles and the boy subsequently began to have a sexual relationship. A report also states that the two often chatted on MySpace.

Miles has since been charged with lewd and lascivious acts and sexual battery.

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