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Category: Internet crime


State Patrol to host info-session Wednesday about family Internet safety

Washington State Patrol detectives will field questions about Internet safety via Twitter Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Questions can be tweeted to the hashtag #askWSP.

Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez and Sgt. Jesse Regalado, who both have experience investigating computer crimes against children, will respond.

The State Patrol encourages parents, mentors and school and community leaders to participate.

The officials will not answer questions about ongoing cases.


State Patrol arrests soldier accused of using Internet to exploit underage girls while deployed

A JBLM soldier accused of using “fear tactics” to get illegal pictures and video from teenage girls was arrested this afternoon after the Washington State Patrol learned he had returned from an overseas deployment.

The suspect, 24, was booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of Possession of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, Communication With A Minor for Immoral Purposes, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Extortion, according to the State Patrol.

The eight alleged victims are between 15- and 17-years-old.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects until they have been formally charged.


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Tacoma man tries to claim $20,000 for fake dead cat

A man who filed a $20,000 insurance claim for a fake dead cat faces charges of first-degree attempted theft and felony insurance fraud, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner said Thursday.

The 29-year-old Tacoma resident used animal photos from the Internet in the alleged scheme.

He filed a claim for a minor traffic accident in 2009. More than two years later he asked for additional payment, claiming his “beloved cat Tom” was killed in the accident, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner said.

The office said the man told the insurance company that the cat had been like a son

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New website targets, exposes online predators

Here’s a good website for parents to bookmark –

The site, developed by a Redmond father and his parnter, is a place “where Internet users post and find reviews on people who use instant messaging or web chat, online forums and online dating web sites. Our goal is to shine a light on those who wish to deceive people through the anonymity of the Internet. Our mission is to make the Internet a safer place for all,” the founders wrote in a press release.

The comprehensive site allows parents to post noticed and reviews of questionable

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Another case of Internet game stalking

The Spokesman-Review has a story this morning about a man arrested on suspicion of stalking a 15-year-old girl he allegedly met while playing the online game, Halo.

The man flew from upstate New York to Spokane to see the girl.

You might remember that we’ve had our own case of Internet stalking that reporter Sean Robinson wrote about earlier this year. In the Pierce County case, the suspect found his victim in the World of Warcraft.

See his story below.

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From the wire: MySpace will share sex offender data with states

Here’s the story from the AP writer Margaret Lillard

Faced with legal demands from state attorneys general, said Monday it will release data on registered sex offenders it has identified and removed from the popular social networking Web site.

The company, citing federal privacy laws, initially rebuffed a demand from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and colleagues in seven other states who last week asked for data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live.

MySpace agreed Monday to provide the information to all states after some members of

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