“Can you talk? I’ll pay you.”
A mother of a 17-year-old in Greensburg, Indiana, helped catch a child predator that was trying to interact with her son. When the teenager showed his mother the converstation the internet creep was trying to start with him, she did what most mothers wouldn’t do. She wanted to catch him.
“My first thought was, why would you pay a kid to talk to you?” – the mother tells CBS4 Indy
She did inform the police of what was taking place. When they arrived at her home, they agreed on her idea to pose as her son. She exchanged messages with the predator, with the help of the police the conversation was closely monitored and coordinated. They soon realized that the man on Facebook, Byron Caudill, 40, was trying to get her son to perform a sex act for money.
Over the course of a week, the mom/son arranged a meeting with Caudill. They picked the parking lot of an area tractor-supply store for their meeting. An undercover officer linked Caudill to his vehicle’s license plate, this is how they were able to initiate a traffic stop and take him in for questioning.
The police had nothing but praise for the mother:
“She was on board with this investigation from the beginning. And whatever we needed as far as the investigation, she was more than willing to help us do.” Greensburg Police Detective Bill Meyerrose
This family’s communication is a prime example of what families today should have. With strong communication and trust, your family will be ready for anything that comes your way.
“Families can learn together how various apps and sites work in a fun way — that’s a strong foundation for safety. Then if something odd happens online, a kid is comfortable saying, ‘Hey, mom and dad, this doesn’t seem right.’”– Scott Driscoll, a retired police officer and founder of Internet Safety Concepts
Article: Yahoo Parenting