2 men arrested after Ohio mom reads teen texts

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A 15-year-old girl's mother alarmed by texts from two men helped lead to their arrests.
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Rick

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lol @ entrapment
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These guys are creeps, no doubt, but mom might want to take a long hard look at her daughter who clearly participated in the exchanges. Keeping the wolves away only works if Little Red Riding Hood isn't inviting them to her door.
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Was this on line texting or phone texting? Mom better put a chasity belt on little miss 15 year old because I bet if Mom had not found out she would have met them. Probably both at the same time.
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Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing and I commend her for being alert. Is there any more to the story that is missing? Did the young lady possibly send any sexual pictures of herself? Is SHE now going to become a registered sex offender?
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claw71 wrote:
These guys are creeps, no doubt, but mom might want to take a long hard look at her daughter who clearly participated in the exchanges. Keeping the wolves away only works if Little Red Riding Hood isn't inviting them to her door.
What an a**hole you are, where does it say her teen was participating? Do you know that some creep texted my daughter for sex, and she didn't know who it was. She showed it to me and it was reported to the police. Anyone text anyone's cell phone number. THINK BEFORE YOU CRITIZE SOMEONE NEXT TIME!

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if nothing else this is a warning about teens,technology and the law.it should be obvious by now that just about any new technology will eventually be used for this sort of thing.the 2 men need to go to jail and i am sure they will.but at what point do we finally sit down with our kids and start parenting? i am not excusing the men by any measure but it does appear that this is a consensual situation.i can't help but wonder if this is one of those parents who wants to be the kids best friend instead of a "mean old parent".i give her credit for going to the police but i am starting to think my parents were right ,that i had no right o privacy,because they wanted to make sure i wasn't in anything i shouldn't.
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Was this on line texting or phone texting? Mom better put a chasity belt on little miss 15 year old because I bet if Mom had not found out she would have met them. Probably both at the same time.
Sounds like you're talking from experience. Like 15-year-olds, do you?
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Sounds like you're talking from experience. Like 15-year-olds, do you?
No, do you?
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What an **** hole you are, where does it say her teen was participating? Do you know that some creep texted my daughter for sex, and she didn't know who it was. She showed it to me and it was reported to the police. Anyone text anyone's cell phone number. THINK BEFORE YOU CRITIZE SOMEONE NEXT TIME!
Obviously she was participating in some extent or TWO separate men wouldn't have her cell number. You think that was just a coincidence? You're being very naive if you think some random person just happened to send a text to your child.
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Too early to judge this one. How and when was it communicated to the 2 men (if at all) that this girl was 15? How was the initial contact made (internet, bar, bathroom wall,.....)?
If the men new her actual age, they are sleezes......and the girl is well on her way.
To the earlier mom who posted her daughter received a random request for sex via phone texting......wake up!!
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what a couple of scumbags. Parents need to be more aware of what and who their kids are talking, texting, interacting with. Let this be a message to all the mothers out there whose children has phones
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Liberty wrote:
Too early to judge this one. How and when was it communicated to the 2 men (if at all) that this girl was 15? How was the initial contact made (internet, bar, bathroom wall,.....)?
If the men new her actual age, they are sleezes......and the girl is well on her way.
To the earlier mom who posted her daughter received a random request for sex via phone texting......wake up!!
Ummm yeah. Adults who use the phone internet or any other means to set up sexual encounters with minors are taking an illegal advantage. On the other hand, I can't say much for men who set up sex with strangers of any age.
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<quoted text>On the other hand, I can't say much for men who set up sex with strangers of any age.
Ummmm, yeah, women don't do that either.
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Lock 'em up and beat her dwn!!!..she needs a chasity belt... i wonder how they all met!
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Jonathan wrote:
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Obviously she was participating in some extent or TWO separate men wouldn't have her cell number. You think that was just a coincidence? You're being very naive if you think some random person just happened to send a text to your child.
My thoughts exactly...Lil miss 15 was being GROWN, and needs to be talked to ...QUICK!
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If these perverts knew that this girl was only 15 then they need there b...s cut off.
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jimmy agler wrote:
if nothing else this is a warning about teens,technology and the law.it should be obvious by now that just about any new technology will eventually be used for this sort of thing.the 2 men need to go to jail and i am sure they will.but at what point do we finally sit down with our kids and start parenting? i am not excusing the men by any measure but it does appear that this is a consensual situation.i can't help but wonder if this is one of those parents who wants to be the kids best friend instead of a "mean old parent".i give her credit for going to the police but i am starting to think my parents were right ,that i had no right o privacy,because they wanted to make sure i wasn't in anything i shouldn't.
But that is the point of the laws that make it illegal for adults (18 and over) to have any kind of sexual relations with minors: the law presumes anyone under 18 is legally incapable of providing "consent". That being said, I agree with everyone else saying this girl was very likely NOT randomly texted - cell phone numbers aren't listed, so they got her number from someone, and it was very likely her. A lot of fifteen year old girls want very much to be - and therefore act like - full-fledged women, and a lot of them think a great way to do that is to have sex with men. Not to mention the songs, videos, movies, tv shows that tell them what a great idea it is to dress like a skank and have sex with guys. My guess is the girl in this case got cold feet, realized she could be getting herself into some trouble, and only then went to Mom or let mom "find" the phone.
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The 15 year old is in no way innocent, im sure these 2 men didn't both randomly play the "a monkey can type Shakespeare if it hits on a type writer long enough" game long enough and both find the little slizore.... cell phones aren't generally listed, and it sounds like there had to be some back and forth for them to believe she was legit enough to show up to the house. ill give her the benefit of the doubt she may have been flirting or leading them on, and things got out of hand and she went to her mom for help- because i cant think of one 15 year old who would leave their phone laying around long enough for mom to peruse- but lets not just assume the men are the only guilty parties here.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who questions the completeness of this story. There are too many unanswered questions of how they got her number, did they know she was 15, and was she sending pictures? I get so tired of this problem being attacked from one side. Obviously there are underage girls, and boys, who engage in sexual chat with over-aged men, or else the problem wouldn't be so prevelent. Chris Hansen needs to flip-the-script, and catch the minors who are wrongfully putting themselves out there for once.
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It is possible to get random texts - I've gotten them myself that are explicit and I definitely didn't give my number out to them nor did I respond. However, I also have a 15 year old daughter and I know that at this age, they think they know everything.
I would also like to know how they got her number and what she told them as far as her age is concerned. If she gave them her number and lied about her age and/or sent explicit messages - she should be punished right along with them.
I hope we eventually hear the rest of the story.

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