Sex Offenders Against Children are an Epidemic Overrunning the Online Communities

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With the creation of computers and Internet, high-tech crimes are occurring more frequently than few decades ago. According to a report made by the U.S. Department of Justice; “one in five children (10 to 17 years old) receives unwanted sexual solicitations online” (Knetzger & Muraski, 2008). One of this online sex-crime against children is known as child enticement. The Florida statute 847.0135 states that an individual is involved in online child enticement when “[…] utilizes a computer on-line service, Internet service, or […] to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to […] a child or another person believed by a person to be a child to commit any illegal act […] relating to sexual battery […]” (Knetzger & Muraski, 2008). Therefore, online sex-crime investigators must use the appropriate protocols during an investigation to avoid a lawful criminal defense based on law enforcement entrapment. One of the best approaches to identify, prosecute, and arrest on-line sex offenders (i.e. pedophiles) is to be actively engage in the online-chat rooms (i.e. online enticement sting). In here, high-tech crime investigators must follow-up a protocol. First, he/she must create an identity to look like an underage individual. In the chat transcript provided for the case-study, the undercover officer chooses “bubblebeth2005” (ITT-Technical Institute , 2014). With this user name, the officer personifies a 12 years old girl. In order to accomplish rapport with the offender, the

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