Monday, May 9, 2011

Federal prison time for Gastonia sex offender

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

A former CVS manager from Gastonia will spend the next decade in federal prison after arranging to go have sex with kids in Georgia over the Internet.

Christopher Carroll was the manager at CVS pharmacy in Gastonia in October 2010 when he drove to Georgia. He had previously responded to an online posting from a father of a 12-year-old and a 3-year-old. The father was actually an FBI agent patrolling the Internet looking for sexual predators.

Carroll emailed with the agent on several occasions and had a phone conversation in which he described what he planned to do to the children, accord-ing to a press release from the FBI.

During the correspondence, Carroll proposed that the father of the children watch while he participated in sex acts with the boys. Carroll also boasted about molesting a 5-month-old nephew and discussed filming sexual encounters with minors, according to the press release.

The year 2010 marked seven years of the FBI's Innocence Lost Cross Country operation. Though more people are being caught and convicted of sexual exploitation of children, the sad fact remains that people seek children for sex.

Each year, the statistics become more numerous and more sobering.With a network of agencies from 40 cities across the United States, the FBI, its local and state law enforcement partners, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted an annual investigation and three-day sting to find children who are forced into prostitution and the perpetrators who use and abuse them. For November 5-7, 2010, 69 children were recovered and 885 persons were arrested on state and local charges, 99 of whom are pimps.

How do communities protect their children? Parents have to do a better job of monitoring their young sons and daughters online, especially on social media sites, where everyone instantly becomes your friend.

Teenagers are particularly at risk because they often use the computer unsupervised and are more likely than younger children to participate in online discussions regarding companionship, relationships, or sexual activity. A child might provide information or arrange an encounter that could risk his or her safety or the safety of other family members. Predators have used E-mail, instant messages, bulletin boards, and chat areas to gain a child's confidence and then arrange a face-to-face meeting. This sometimes leads to the child traveling to meet the person he or she is chatting with or the person traveling to meet the child.

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