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Cary police probing possible Internet sex crimes

Posted August 5, 2008

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— Cary police said Tuesday they have at least one suspect in a sex crimes investigation involving the Internet and a 12-year-old Sanford boy reported missing last month.

According to search warrants returned Tuesday, the 21-year-old suspect met and chatted with the boy on MySpace, picked him up near his home in Sanford and took him back to Cary, where they went to dinner and a movie before going back to the suspect's apartment.

The boy fell asleep on a couch and awoke with a man "sucking on his neck," investigators said in search warrant affidavits.

About an hour after the boy's mother called the suspect's phone number, which was an unfamiliar number on her cell phone, the boy returned home with a hickey on his neck; a juvenile-certified sexual assault nurse examiner also found a hickey on the boy's body, the warrant stated.

Police, however, have not made any arrests in the case and are looking further into a sexually oriented online community where young men are paid to perform sexual acts.

During their investigation on July 24 of the boy's disappearance, the suspect told investigators at his apartment that he performed sexual acts via a Web cam for their primary source of income.

That prompted investigators to apply for search warrants, in which they seized five computer hard drives, a DVD, a digital camera and two memory cards from the apartment.

Cary police say the case is unusual and that they are also investigating potential customers of the suspect who were paying for his time online.

"We're consulting with the Wake County DA's office about the case and keeping them apprised of the situation," Cary police Capt. Michael Williams said.

Linda Criddle, an online safety expert who worked for MSN and Windows Live, said the boy's apparent willingness to meet with the suspect was a sign of trust.

"Unfortunately, it's not uncommon, and the kids who are the most risk are the youth," she said. "A predator spends a lot of time building trust – a lot of trust and thought on how to build that trust and nothing in the time it takes to destroy it."

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  • evolvedcrayons Aug 6, 2008

    I also know the suspect and this article simply is not an accurate reflection of what happened. The 12 year old lied to his parents about where he was going and lied to the 21 year old about his age. The boy knew what he was doing. My friend thought he was hanging out with a 17 year old. He would never have spoken to the boy if he knew his true age. The very fact that the boy was 12 sickens him. My friend is not a predator and not a pedophile; he is a victim of the boy’s lies which now are causing my friend great distress and very possible legal trouble. If his parents took the time of day to see what he was doing online, none of this would have happened and if the boy was honest about his age then none of this would have happened either.

  • hollaaron Aug 6, 2008

    You all don't know the whole story. This is my friend. The boy told him that he was 17 on myspace, yahoo, and one of the boy's friends confirmed that he goes online and says that he is 17. My friend thought the boy was 17 and that it would be legal for him to hang with the teenager. The boy lied and put my friend in this situation. He would never have met the boy if he had known he was 12. He is not a predator, he doesn't go around looking for kids, he doesn't deserve this. Also he didn't even do anything so he should never be charged.

  • mrlougray Aug 6, 2008

    To those talking about arrest - would the charge be causing a hickey? Cause what else do they have? The 12 year says he was 'asleep' but that may just be what he tod his mother. I'm not saying its okay for 21 year olds to have sex with 12 year olds but nothing is as black and white as most of you want to thnk.

  • TheAdmiral Aug 6, 2008

    Again - this person's sexual orientation and preference was 12 year old male children.

    I hope you relativist Liberals are happy.

  • Mr William Aug 6, 2008

    Nancy Grace will be asking the Nation soon...why no arrest?

  • lizard Aug 6, 2008

    it's an alternate lifestyle they say.

  • Dark of the Moon Aug 5, 2008

    I am so glad that I live in Cary, where these things are dealt with in a serious and fast manner. Our police department is just another great reason to live in Cary and one of the main reasons it is so safe.

  • nodoginthisfight Aug 5, 2008

    This happened in CARY!!!! OH MY..... What's next for the kingdom of Cary

  • Eduardo1 Aug 5, 2008

    ANOTHER CASE OF MORE PARENTAL CONTROL NEEDED FOR COMPUTER TIME NO DOUBT THAT THE VERMIN IS WORTHY OF A PRISON, WHICH WILL AFFORD HIM ALL OF THE MALE COMPANIONSHIP HE DESIRES. HE WILL FIND IT VERY HARD TO AVOID AT HIS TENDER YOUNG AGE.BUT, THE PARENTS HAVE NO CONTROL OF WHAT THE 12 YEAR OLD IS DOING ON THE NET OR THAT HE IS AWAY WITH AN ADULT THAT THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW

  • housemanagercary Aug 5, 2008

    Anyone recognize the apartment complex? It looks like my old one but I'm not sure...

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