Times Herald-Record/Paul Brooks
Donald E. Wilhelm, a 45 year old umpire and coach in the Ellenville Little League for 20 years,has been charged with receiving child pornography over the Internet. He downloaded computer imagesof minors in sexually explicit conduct onto his home computer and computer disks. The images werecollected from various Internet sites between August 1999 and January 4, 2002. He was arraigned andreleased on $10,000 bond.
According to Newsday, when experts speak of making the Internet safe for youngsters, they are often warning parents about the usual suspect: the adult male pedophile who lurks in chat rooms and lures children into meeting offline. A new federally funded study finds the threat is real. Your child stand a nearly one in five chance of being approached for cybersex, but the culprit will likely turn out to be one that hasn’t gotten much media attention: another young person. The study, Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation’s Youth
Within minutes of a 14 year old named Scottie getting on a Web site where gay teens exchange electronic messages, a middle-aged man from Indiana engages him in a private conversation. The man suggests they act out a fantasy where he kidnaps the boy and then the conversation turns to hard-core pornography. Scottie is not Scottie and he is not a 14-year-old boy. He is a member of the US Customs CyberSmuggling Center who is prowling the Internet for rings that are trading child-porn images or sexual predators who are