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Aug 24

Internet Solicitation Investigation

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 3:56 PM by Christopher Cudworth

Media Release
Internet Solicitation Investigation
Batavia PD Case Report #17-14181

On Friday, August 11th, 2017, a report was made to the Batavia Police Department reference an attempted internet solicitation of a 7 year old child on a mobile application. It was reported that an unknown person identifying themselves as a 9 year old named “Jessy”, asked the victim to take and send pictures of the victim’s body without a t-shirt on. Despite the victim refusing to send such pictures, the offender repeatedly requested the pictures and stated that it could be a secret between them. The victim did not send any illicit photographs and quickly advised a parent. The parent then contacted the Batavia Police Department and reported the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available for release at this time. It is unclear what possible criminal charges could be pursued in this case dependant on further investigation and collection of evidence.

The Batavia Police Department continues to encourage parents to speak with their children about the dangers of the internet and internet safety. If children are allowed to use the internet or mobile applications, we encourage that their usage be strictly monitored. It is important to teach children that although the internet can be a useful and fun environment, it also contains many hidden dangers. Below is a list of safety tips for parents to keep in mind and discuss with their children.
Internet Safety tips for parents: Safety Tips for Parents

1) Parental Control: Know all passwords to all electronics, apps, accounts (emails, social media, etc).
2) Check your child’s accounts at random to see what the public can view and the activity your child is taking part in. Make sure accounts are set to private.
3) Don’t allow them to have strangers as friends/followers.
4) Make sure your children know not to share photographs with themselves in them.
5) Control the amount of time and time of day your child is on the internet and limit the locations where they are using the device (i.e use only in common areas).

Be familiar with trending apps
1) Check the authenticity of apps - Some apps may appear to be a program
that is benign, however, if the right key presses are used, the app could
unlock other hidden apps, photos, videos, chats, phone numbers and
more.
2) Talk to your child about internet safety and that they can come and talk to you.
3) Don’t share personal information.
Have a username that does not indicate any personal information.
Don’t share your address, school, age, grade, phone number,parent’s profession/work schedule or other personal information about themselves or their family.
4) Never meet a stranger face-to-face that you met online, you never know
who you are truly talking to on the other end.
5) Never open and email or download files from someone you don’t know.
6) Read the rules of websites, social media accounts, etc.
7) Explain the dangers of internet bullies.
8)) Know when your child is at risk
9) Using the internet at odd hours
10) Switching screens or becoming defensive when you enter the room
11) Check your internet history logs on all devices regularly, and don’t allow
your child to browse in privacy mode. Other cautionary signs:
1) Your child is receiving phone calls from strangers, gifts or money in the
mail from a stranger to you.
2) Your child is withdrawing from friends and loved ones
3) Consult the police if you are concerned about your child’s activities online or that
they have become a victim.
4) Do not advise the offender that you are alerting the authorities.
5) Keep any evidence. Don’t delete any files, messages, or photos – no
matter how offensive or embarrassing.
6) Digital evidence is time-sensitive; don’t delay in making a report to
authorities if suspicious activity is discovered.
Anyone with further inquiries regarding this case, please contact Detective Michelle
Langston #173 (Public Information Officer) at 630-454-2500.
Authority: Chief Dan Eul
Released: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 3:00PM

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