Police use social network to catch 'sexual predators'
POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 11:34am
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — Sgt. Ron Robinson of Goshen Township said it wasn't easy learning how to talk like a 14-year-old girl… the lingo was tricky. But knowing that he was taking possible sexual predators off the street and offline was rewarding.
It all started when a 14-year-old girl from Goshen Township went missing in March.
She was found unharmed approximately one week after her disappearance.
"She was a runaway and I got involved with the disappearance of her and once we located her, we learned through her social sites that she had run off with several different men," said Robinson.
The juvenile was using her iPod to communicate with men ranging in age from 18 to 35 years old, via my Yearbook.com, Facebook.com, and Badoo.com. Police said that she made it clear how old she was to the men she was talking to and that did not deter the men who continued to want to meet her for sex.
"She led us to her sites, which led us to these gentlemen."
That was when Robinson logged in, as the 14-year-old girl.
"You have to figure out a lot of these words that they use. You don't know what it means and I have to ask people, and then as it went on I learned a lot of their lingo and was able to communicate with them and they wouldn't think [anything] about it."
From social networking, they would meet and arrest the man on the other end of the Internet.
To date, 15 men have been indicted, on charges including; Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Disseminating Matter Harmful to a Juvenile, Tampering with Evidence, Trafficking in Drugs, Interference with Custody, and Importuning. Men that she and now Robinson have talked to via social networking, span four states: South Carolina, New Jersey, Kentucky and Ohio. Eleven have been arrested and four remain on the lam.
The following men have been arrested:
- Corey Braden
- Derron Bradley
- Daniel Cochran
- Kenneth Jones
- James Mason
- Dustyn Reaver
- Christian Salvatierra
- Puneet Sandhar
- Haitham Shalash
- Theodore Taylor
- Charles Winterman
The following men have warrants out for their arrest:
- Willie Slusher
- Kyle Darling
- Scott Hazlett
- Alex Kraft
"It's gratifying to know we're taking a guy off the street that's actually trying to get a juvenile, 13-14-year-old child and obviously it's probably not his first. If we didn't get him through this one, he'd probably be trying to get another one," said Robinson.
Robinson said that he is still hitting social networking sites logged in as the girl, catching more men. In fact, he has his eye on more than 20, including a married man in Butler County, who has been involved with the 14-year-old. The teenaged girl has admitted to sexual intercourse with up to nine of those men.
Robinson said that she has left her Goshen Township home where she resided with her mom and stepdad and moved into another community with her father—and is in counseling.