Police were monitoring an online chat room for child predators earlier this month when they reportedly caught and arrested a 36-year-old man accused of soliciting sex with children earlier this month. 13, an officer posing as a single mother with an 8-year-old child began talking with Enrique Roberto Velez, 36, in the chat room, according to KPRC.
Velez discussed how he was babysitting his girlfriend's 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old baby.
There’s a broad range of motivations behind sexting – from digital flirting or attention-seeking to an aspect of sexual interplay to dating abuse or blackmail.
But it can definitely be a form of victimization either from the outset or after a break-up or conflict in a relationship.
To address the growing concerns about child sexual exploitation in the digital age, the Department of Justice launched Project Safe Childhood in 2006.
Project Safe Childhood expanded in 2011 to include sex trafficking of minors, crimes against children committed in Indian country, and failure to register as a sex offender.
Some experts say sexting can also be just sexually explicit text.
The practice is not illegal when photos are shared between consenting adults, but when minors are involved, sexual-exploitation and child-pornography laws can come into play, so great care is needed in the handling of sexting cases involving people under 18.
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“Sexting” typically refers to sex-related or nude photos taken and shared via cellphone (most sexting happens on phones and doesn’t make it to the Web, according to research in the medical journal Pediatrics).
Velez told the police officer in the chat room specific sexual acts that he wanted to do with the 1-year-old baby, the report said.
He also allegedly sent naked photos of the 5-year-old in the shower.
: Fifteen percent of teens ages 12-17 who own a cell phone say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text message.