From CNN.com: WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Department of Homeland Security official was arrested Tuesday night on charges of using his computer to seduce a child after he allegedly struck up sexually explicit conversations with a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, authorities said."
At age 55 I shudder to think how many times he's done this in the past without getting caught. Another quote from the CNN story: "Authorities believe he could have held similar conversations online with others, the sheriff said, because at some points during online chats he would address the detective by the wrong name." Do ya think?
This story comes on the heels of the testimony on Capitol Hill of a teenager telling how he was lured into child porn over the internet. The internet is a wonderful tool, but it has made it a lot easier for predators to find and meet their victims. Like the Homeland Security guy, many even feel safe enough to use their real names and give out real phone numbers, if they think they will get what they are looking for. Thankfully there seem to be more of these sting operations taking down these predators, but there are so many out there. You'd think it would be easier to find them, given the fact that a simple program can find the IP address of any computer in the world.
I don't know where I'm going with this...I feel compelled to warn parents and children of the dangers out there, but I don't want this generation to grow up thinking they can't trust anyone.