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Fayetteville Police Arrest Alleged Internet Predator

Posted May 26, 1999

— Fayetteville police say a 29-year-old man's Internet relationship with a teenage boy went way beyond chatroom conversations. Investigators say an attempted rendezvous blew up in the man's face when he showed up atMassey Hill Classical School, where the boy is a student.

Fayetteville Police say Leslie Adams was arrested after he showed up at the school a month ago, trying to sign out a 15-year-old.

Police say Adams and the teen had been talking for about a month; they also believe there were other secret sexual encounters. The last rendezvous was derailed because school officials doubted Adams when he claimed to be the teen's relative.

"It was not someone that we knew and it was not someone that the parent had identified so we simply told him the policy, that he could not see the student," explains principal Joyce Adams. "And then we contacted the parent to say this person has been here." The boy's mother became suspicious and contacted police about a week later.

Investigators say the incident should put every parent with Internet access in the home on guard.

"In this case we have a lot of pornographic photographs that were downloaded onto his computer," says Fayetteville Police Sgt. Tim Hayworth. "We just always suggest that...parents know what their children are doing on the computer, who they are talking to."

Investigators say parents should talk to their kids about the threat of strangers on the Net. Police also recommend observing what kids do while on the computer. They also suggest moving the computer out of a bedroom and into common areas, like a living room.

Adams is currently out on bond, facing numerous charges including taking indecent liberties with a minor.

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