He wanted to have sex with young girls. As a predator he used popular MySpace to set his trap admitting that some of his contacts were sexualized for the purpose of enticing the young girl into a sexual relationship. The young girl victim was 14 years old.
Now – really, does any one reading believe that a 14 year old is completely aware of the consequences of the actions of a predator on social networking sites? Your comments are welcome!
THE FACTS: Jover Mabaet, 22, of Southeast Portland, Oregon plead guilty to enticing a young woman under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity. He was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison. Likewise, Dennis Keomoungkhoune plead guilty as well. Keomoungkhoune is a registered sex offender who has spent time in Oregon’s prison system.
Mabaet came to the attention of state and federal authorities when, during the early morning hours of November 30, 2006, he and a companion were found sleeping in the bedroom of a fourteen-year-old girl by her father. According to reports filed by Washington County District Attorney and agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the defendant and his companion awoke, gave false names, addresses, and phone numbers, and then departed. Only after the young girl’s cell phone was examined did Washington County Sheriff Deputies discover that the young girl had been in contact with the defendant for quite some time after meeting him socially. Most of their contact was online through the social networking sites MySpace and Friendster, and through phone calls and text messages.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
As a speaker, I often address groups on issues of teen ethics and safety. More times than not I find that parents – even those who are internet familiar – are not fully connected with how predators use the internet and other media to lure their unsuspecting prey. The unfortunate thing is that many times the damage is done before one becomes aware that the predator is on the prowl. I highly advise groups to become informed about the dangers of sexual predators and how to prevent or deter their efforts. After all, if we can’t become educated about how to protect our children – who will protect them?
Your comments are welcome!