Online Pedophile Playbook is Nothing New says FBI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The FBI says a a link to an on-line manual for pedophiles called "How to Practice Child Love" is sadly, just the latest of it's kind. We've chosen not to broadcast the URL or the author's nick name. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Colleen Moss says, "Pedophiles and child pornography folks know what they're looking for. They truly are predators."
Moss heads up the cyber crime squad in Charlotte. She says the on-line manual is nothing new. "Way back in the day, we have one called Pedo U, and these folks actually set themselves up like they were a university, so-to-speak,” says Moss.
Moss says child sex abuse cases are on the rise in North Carolina. The FBI alone is working 140 cases across the state, including some in Charlotte. Just last week, Moss's team served a search warrant at a home in the Queen City.
She says the pedophile playbook, while repulsive, can serve as a wake-up call for parents. "Sometimes in order to protect yourself, you have to know what you're protecting yourself from,” Moss.
"There are pedophiles in Charlotte. There are pedophiles living within a mile of everyone in Charlotte,” says clinical psychologist Dr. Daniel Biber has treated children who were victims of sexual abuse. He also teaches psychology at Queens University. Biber says most often pedophiles are family members or friends. "The closer the perpetrator is to the victim, the more damaging it is,” he says.
As for the pedophile playbook and others like it, Moss says they are protected under First Amendment rights as long as they contain no pictures of children. She says, "We can't take it down. It's not illegal to talk about something. It's not illegal to talk about how to make a bomb.”
Dr. Biber says pedophiles often target kids who appear to be "loners," and sometimes children of divorce, too. He says one in three girls and one in six boys will be victims of sexual abuse by the time they reach 18 years of age.
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