It's any parent's worst nightmare: a disgusting pedophile preying on your precious child. Thanks to the Internet, these sickos have anonymous access to nearly any child logged on to a social network. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: Parents need to monitor their kids' online habits. It's for their own good.
One dad in the United Kingdom appears to have taken my advice - and even gone a step further. He went into full-on Batman mode for this one. In a one-man undercover sting operation, he posed as his 10-year-old daughter on Facebook. In private messages, the dad disclosed the age of his daughter, whom the predator was allegedly trying to groom for a sexual encounter. When the predator didn't back off, the dad reported him to police.
Now we know that Wayne Corkhill, a 23-year-old man from Blackpool, U.K., was already awaiting sentencing for multiple sex offenses, including five charges of sexual activity with a child. Naked Security has more:
The most recent offences took place in June - the same month he pleaded guilty and was awaiting sentencing. While on bail, he met up with two girls, aged 11 and 12, multiple times... He reportedly went on to proposition one of the girls on Facebook, telling her that she and her friend should come to his house.
Corkhill will spend the next six years and seven months behind bars - where he belongs - and that's not long enough if you ask me. In the U.K., however, that's actually an extended sentence:
During the sentencing, Judge Robert Altham told Corkhill that he clearly had serious sexual interest toward girls and that an extended sentence was necessary to protect the public.
Although what this dad did - impersonating his daughter - was technically against Facebook's terms and conditions, I don't think anybody will blame him.
You need to watch everything your kids do online. Click here to get a free mobile browser that can control their Internet access on smartphones and tablets.
You also need to think twice before you post any pictures of your kids on social media, no matter how cute they look. There's always somebody watching.