Internet Task Force identifies modeling scam that sought child pornography

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | 6:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The Mid-Missouri Internet Crime Task Force has determined that a suspect posing as a modeling agency representative, now a suspect in a child pornography investigation, is from Canada.

The suspect contacted an investigator with the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force who was in a chat room posing as a girl. The suspect claimed to be a 23-year-old female model living in California who recruits other models for her agency, said Andy Anderson, coordinator of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

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  1. "Talk to them, talk to them, talk to them," said Andy Anderson, coordinator for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. "Talk to them not just about the computers but cell phones as well. Scams occur everyday. We have to use our heads."
  2. "We don’t let them drive a car without training, walk them through the Internet," Anderson said.
    "Know whom they are with online, and know what they are doing."


The suspect told the "decoy" girl that she would be an excellent model but needed to complete an online modeling application and send a variety of photographs. Eventually, the suspect asked for sexually explicit photos.

The suspect told the decoy girl not to tell her parents until she was accepted as a model. Investigators determined that the person is in Canada. Authorities now are continuing the investigation, Anderson said.

Joe Laramie, director of Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said the task force doesn't see a lot of online modeling scams to get child porn.

But the task force is seeing more cases involving cell phones.

"Now they have Internet access 24-7," Anderson said.

"With the new technology, parents have to be a little more diligent and knowledgeable — not spying but getting involved," Laramie said.


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Paul Love September 23, 2010 | 9:13 a.m.

So I have to ask in their dilligent search for the aquisition of child porn did they ever decide what to do with the MUPD thumbdrive they found full of child porn? I ask because if you find the officers MUPD issued thumbdrive in said officers patrol car and find it to have child porn on it I would think this should be an open and shut case, or at the very least a trial to prove guild or innocence. I want to make sure I do not malign the individual officer, it may not have been his child porn, the child porn might have belonged to another MUPD officer who is still serving on the force. Unless the idea is that only law enforcement is entitled to child porn? While I understand the officers of the internet crimes taskforce may feel important posing as young women in chat rooms, can we at least clean the dirt out of our own yard first rather than looking for predators from out of state?

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