The number of complaints of online enticement of children is climbing. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which helps state and local law enforcement agencies fight online child pornography, reports that the number of complaints to its 61 offices nationwide has grown from 5,300 in 2010 to 7,000 in 2013. (Photo: Sam Ward)
Unemployed high school dropout Tremain Hutchinson spent a lot of time talking to young girls on Tagged.com, a teen chat site.
Sometimes he was “Mario,” sometimes “Quan” or “Money,” but Hutchinson, 28, always pretended to be a cute 16-year-old Georgia boy. He used a photo of a younger cousin in the profiles.
He was interested in girls 11 to 17. Race or economic background didn’t matter.
His opening line was always the same: ” What’s up? You be my freak once a month. I will spoil you, buy you a cell phone, keep your bill paid. Hair, nails done. Buy you shoes, clothes, whatever you want.”
Dozens of girls responded. One of them was a 15-year-old girl in the Atlanta area who has regretted it ever since, her father says.
Hutchinson enticed the girl to send naked photos. Then he turned vicious.
For weeks, he pressed her for more images. He threatened to post her nude photos online. He threatened to kill her and her parents and blow up her house.
Every time she begged him to leave her alone, he told her he would if she did one more thing. Then came the day he ordered her to do something so unthinkable, it led federal investigators to his door.
It is a crime of the digital age.
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