Kacie Rene Woody was a 13-year-old girl living with her father and brother in Conway, Arkansas.
On the evening of December 3rd, 2002, her brother reported her missing after he had not heard from her in four hours. The children's father was at work as a police officer in a neighboring town. Investigators came to the home, searched Kacie's computer and discovered that David Fuller of San Diego, California, had struck up an Internet relationship with Kacie. They found an alias Fuller had been using and traced him to a motel in Conway. There they discovered that he had rented a van and left a telephone number with the rental agency that matched a number on the Woody's home telephone records.
Inside her Arkansas home, it appeared Kacie fought for her life. Along with signs of a struggle, police found a chair propped against a door. When police found her broken eyeglasses and realized that she left the house without shoes, they were led to believe that Kacie had not invited Fuller to come to Arkansas and wasn't aware that he was coming.
Police spent most of December 4th searching for Kacie. They went to a nearby storage facility after receiving a tip. Upon arriving at the storage facility, they heard a gunshot. Police believe the shot they heard was Fuller committing suicide. Kacie had already been killed.
Authorities in Arkansas believe Fuller may have kidnapped other children prior to allegedly abducting Kacie. Police were doubtful that this was Fuller's first time, since There weren't a lot of missteps made or sloppiness on his part. There was some planning done here.
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One website that can help is Alexa.com
. They have a toolbar I recommend that everyone download. The toolbar will show up on your browser while online. When you go to a website just click on the information area of the toolbar and find everything you need to know about that site. If they are not listed with alexa. com, you will not see any information on the toolbar.
Another website that may help is, whois.sc
. It can give you information about most websites. If there is no information on website at whois.sc
, then stay away from that website.
Do you search the internet a lot? If so, use ask.com
. For parents and kids of all ages there is askforkids.com
. These sites provide some of the best family oriented search results on a very wide range of topics.
We also have a page on this site which will give you more warnings and suggestions for keeping your children safe. Follow this link, Your Child and Online Predators
, to view more on child safety.
Children's Online Safety In The News
7 Sex Offenders Who Use MySpace Arrested
Friday, June 15, 2007
HOUSTON - Seven convicted sex offenders with profiles on MySpace.com have been arrested in what Texas officials said was the country's first large- scale crackdown of registered offenders who use the social networking Web site.
The men were arrested in Houston, Austin, Round Rock, and Glenn Heights during a two-week operation by the Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units.
They were picked up after MySpace.com released the names of offenders with online profiles to the state Attorney General's Office, which had issued a subpoena for the site's subscriber information.
"Texans will not tolerate criminals who prey on our children," Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement.
After it was criticized for failing to protect underage subscribers, the site supplied names to attorneys general in other states, and began checking subscribers' criminal histories through Sentinel Safe, a database of registered sex offenders.
In Houston, officials arrested Patrick Joseph Blevins, 49; Reginald Lee Collins, 27; Ronald Daven Metoyer, 41; and Robert Shepard Walter, 23. Walter was also charged last month with failing to register as a sex offender.
Each was ordered held without bond in the Harris County jail. Motions were also filed to revoke the parole of Blevins, Collins and Metoyer. A Harris County jail official would not release information on the men's attorneys late Thursday.
Scott Peter Hansen, 44, was arrested in Glenn Heights, a Dallas suburb. Information on his incarceration or attorney were not immediately available late Thursday.
Jason Labronte Carr, 31, was taken into custody in Austin. A Travis County jail official said Thursday night she did not have access to information on Carr's attorney of record.
Jeremy Bryan Polak, 28, a parole violator accused of failing to register as a sex offender, was arrested in Round Rock, an Austin suburb. A Williamson County jail official said his records did not include Polak's attorney of record.
A message left with MySpace.com's media department was not immediately returned Thursday night.
Police Smash Global Pedophile Ring
Monday, June 18, 2007
LONDON - British police, aided by U.S. authorities, have smashed a global Internet pedophile ring that broadcast live-streamed videos of children being abused, investigating more than 700 suspects worldwide and rescuing 31 children in a 10-month probe, officials said Monday.
Some 200 suspects are based in Britain, said the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center, a government agency. Of the 31 children, some only a few months old, more than 15 were in Britain, the center said. British authorities would not give a breakdown of where the other suspects or children came from, but said more than half the suspects in Britain were already being prosecuted.
The ring was traced to an Internet chat room called "Kids the Light of Our Lives" that featured images of children being subjected to horrific sexual abuse, including the streaming live videos.
Authorities said they used surveillance tactics normally used against terrorism suspects and drug traffickers to infiltrate the pedophile ring at its highest level.
Officials said the United States, Canada and Australia were Britain's main partners in the investigation, which involved agencies from 35 countries. The international investigation dated back to August 2006 until the ringleader's sentencing Monday.
The international probe began after Canadian officials - conducting their own long-running pedophile investigation - tipped off authorities in London about a possible British link.
A Canadian official said authorities there have arrested 24 Canadians and rescued seven Canadian children since late 2005.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement joined the British-led operation in December. U.S. officials declined to comment because their investigation is continuing in at least 12 states .
It was unclear whether any of the rescued children had been reported missing, but authorities said the investigation was not linked to the widely publicized disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a 4-year-old British girl who vanished nearly two months ago in southern Portugal.
Toronto police conducted online surveillance along with British police, said Detective Sgt. Kim Scanlan of the Toronto police sex crimes unit, who confirmed the Canadian arrests and rescues of children that began before the British-led probe.
"Every arrest we make we seize computers and information, so there are a number of ongoing investigations," Scanlan said. "There's just been great cooperation. It's a good day, but it's one day out of many."
In Germany, police are investigating two men in connection with the breakup of the ring, the country's Federal Crime Office said.
The host of the chat room, Timothy David Martyn Cox, 27, of Buxhall, who used the online identity "Son of God," admitted to nine counts of possessing and distributing indecent images, authorities said.
Cox was given an indeterminate jail sentence Monday at a court in eastern England. That means he will remain in prison until authorities determine he is no longer a threat to children.
"Today's verdict serves as a powerful warning to those using the Internet to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children," said Jim Gamble, the child protection center's chief executive.
Cox was identified after intelligence linking the chat room to Britain was passed on to the child protection center by Canadian authorities in August 2006. The center is an agency under the Home Office that is made up of officers with special experience in tracking and prosecuting sex offenders.
Cox also had been a member of a U.S.-based online pedophile ring shut down by U.S. authorities in March 2006, Gamble said.
The host of the "Kiddypics" and "Kiddyvids" site in the earlier case adopted the username "G.O.D.," and Cox's online identity "Son of God" was believed to be a reference. It was not immediately clear whether the ongoing U.S. investigation also involved that earlier site.
After Cox's arrest on Sept. 28, 2006, British, Canadian and Australian authorities were able to infiltrate the chat room and collect evidence on the other members. Officers posed as contributors and even pretended to be Cox, running the chat room for 10 days.
At no point did officers distribute illegal images.
Forensic teams examining Cox's computer found 75,960 indecent and explicit images in addition to evidence that he had supplied 11,491 images to other site users.
A man described as Cox's lieutenant, Gordon Mackintosh, tried to resurrect the chat room in January. Authorities in Britain, Canada, Australia and the U.S. again infiltrated the operation.
Upon Mackintosh's arrest in January, authorities assumed his identity online and ran the chat room for three days while collecting information on offenders who traded images.
Mackintosh, 33, has pleaded guilty to 27 charges of making, possessing and distributing indecent images and videos. He is awaiting sentencing.
Associated Press Writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.