Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Men Arrested In MySpace Sex Crimes

Here's a quick recap of some MySpace related news stories that I missed this past week:

California--A 35-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl he met on MySpace.

Samuel Francisco reportedly had kidnapped the teen from her middle school.

He was found hiding under a bundle of clothes at his apartment.

Texas--Richard Wayne Knowles, of Rusk, was arrested by police in early March after he was accused of engaging in a sexually explicit conversation via MySpace with a 13-year-old girl.

The 19-year-old is believed to have known the child's age.

New Mexico--Michael Thurlo, of Las Cruces, has been charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a child after he allegedly met two young girls, 13 and 14, over the popular social networking website.

Several nude images of the victims were identified on his cell phone.

North Carolina--A 38-year-old man was charged with child abduction after allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old girl that he also met on MySpace.

William David Williams, of Mooresville, reportedly kept the Georgia teen at his home for around a 10 day period.

He was arrested earlier this week.

New York--Adam Larson, 26, was taken into custody after police say he collected cell phone numbers from young teen girls on MySpace and Facebook and sent sexual related text messages and pictures to their cell phones.

Authorities say he also offered his apartment located in Jamestown to anyone who felt like running away from home.

Louisiana--A federal grand jury indicted a 38-year-old man after he allegedly had sex with with several underage girls he met using MySpace as well as several other social networking websites.

Michael G. Meany Jr., of Metairie, is believed to have posed as a teenage boy in order to become "friends" with the victims he had met.

Court records state Meany had some 200 underage friends on MySpace.

He has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse, production of child pornography, two counts of coercion and enticement of a minor, transferring obscene material to a minor and receiving child pornography.


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