January 5, 2012

Does Facebook Monitor Anything? Sentence in sex crime case upheld

From the court decision: "Detective Hajicek obtained a search warrant for the Facebook account of "Tyler Anderson." The account revealed that, between December 2006 and July 2009, Anderson engaged in more than 800 private chats, mostly with adolescent girls. In the chats, Anderson represented himself as a young man in his teens or early twenties. He often flirted with the girls by telling them that they were "hot," "smokin," or "sexy" and asked them if they had boyfriends. On several occasions, Anderson sent images of male genitalia to the girls and asked for inappropriate pictures of them in return. Anderson told at least one girl other than M.R. that he had a cousin who "wants to like hook wit u" and exchange "sex for money.""
1-5-2012 North Dakota:

FARGO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the sentence of a Minnesota man accused of setting up a Facebook account under a false identity and using the site to contact a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Thirty-six-year-old Darrin Anderson of Middle River, Minn., was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Authorities said Anderson traveled from Walhalla, where he was working, to East Grand Forks, Minn., to have sex with the girl in exchange for $300 in August 2009.

Anderson allegedly engaged in hundreds of private chats with girls and attempted to solicit them for sex.

Anderson argued in an appeal that the sentence was excessive. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling Wednesday. ..Source.. by The Bismark Tribune

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