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Then they learned the accused was the apparent victim of several sexual encounters with a year-old New Shangle chat man he met on the Internet. In Chamblee, Georgia, a year-old car dealer was charged Tuesday with raping a year-old girl he befriended during online chat sessions.
Police say Michael Shipman, claiming to be 17, initiated a onlune friendship with the girl and got her address. Posing as a repairman, investigators say he attacked her in her home twice, raping her the second time. Detectives tracked Shipman down using records provided by America Online, the computer online service.
Horror stories such as these have prompted New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco to invite his counterparts from all 50 states to meet in Manhattan next month. His intention is to form a task force to focus on crimes in which the Internet has been used to gain access to victims, particularly young victims. Database, communication link sought "Our goal," Cougar chat room said, "is to expand the knowledge base so that investigators and prosecutors around the nation know how to do this, to establish a nationwide database and establish a nationwide communication link.
The Tucson Police Department has already established a Web site listing known sexual offenders living in the area.
But Howard Shermanthe senior online editor of Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, says that many parents don't have the time to check such listings.
And he says that while software programs like Cyberpatrol and Net Nanny can help block children's access to adult websites, they are not foolproof. She told her parents, and her father took the next call, during which the boy admitted he was 18 and in college.