The USA tends to be at least a year ahead of Europe in the take up of the Internet and use of all its features. Both the benefits and the problems have expanded fast in the US and this has certainly been true of Chat rooms.

Law Enforcement agencies have powers in the US to proactively enter Chat rooms under cover and communicate with perpetrators who are exchanging illegal material, with the aim of securing evidence to enable an arrest. IN a number of cases perpetrators who appeared to be looking for children have arranged an offline meeting only to discover that the child was a an FBI agent.

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the USA works in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the U.S. Customs Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and runs a national CyberTipline. NCMEC monitors stories about inappropriate contact in Chatrooms and works closely with Childnet International and the INHOPE Association (see NCMEC staff have assisted by providing the following examples of Chat danger. The FBI claim to have investigated some 700 cases of potential illegal activity in Chat rooms.

In New Zealand the police have set up a special unit to combat the exchange of child pornography in Chat rooms. This unit is dealing with an average of 100 cases a year of people exchanging child pornography in Chat rooms.


October 16, 2000

Jason William San Souci, 22 years old and an Air Force Second Lieutenant attending UCCS full-time was arrested on Friday, 10-13-00, by the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force when he contacted an undercover officer posing as a 13 year old girl in the parking lot of a local shopping centre. San Souci had arranged the meeting with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl via the Internet. The purpose of the meeting was to go to San Souci's residence in Colorado Springs and have various types of sexual contact with the girl, who was actually an undercover Police Detective from the Colorado Springs Police Department. San Souci had first initiated contact via the Internet two days before the meeting. San Souci was booked into the El Paso County Jail on charges of Enticement of a Child and Criminal Attempt Sexual Assault on a Child.

This case in particular, illustrates how quickly a meeting can be arranged and the need for parents to be involved with their children as they utilise the Internet. Even with the many benefits of the Internet, unfortunately, there are also many hazards. The Colorado Springs Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Detail offers presentations on Internet
Safety for Teens and Children to public groups and schools. Also, there are several excellent web pages that contain important Internet child safety information. Among these are the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children at, and the Safe Kids and Safe Teens web sites at, and



October 7 2000

A 24-year-old Florida man has been charged with two felonies following accusations he attempted to have sex with a teen-age Troy girl he met over the Internet, police say.

Jason Daniel Boris, of Kissimmee, Fla., is charged with one count each of child sexually abusive activity and attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was arraigned Friday in District Court in Troy.

The complaint alleges that Boris, while living in New Jersey, met the 14-year-old girl in an Internet Chat room. The two continued communication via letters and telephone calls, during which they discussed sexual acts and birth control methods, police said.

According to the complaint, Boris also sent the girl an explicit photo. Boris then arranged to meet the girl Oct. 4 at her home while her parents were out of town, the complaint said. He was arrested by Troy police when he was spotted near her home. Bond was set at $150,000. Boris faces an Oct. 19 preliminary exam.



July 17, 2000,

On July 17, 2000, the Union (MO) Police Department contacted the NCMEC Unit for technical assistance with an online enticement case. A fourteen-year-old girl in their town had been chatting online with an older man via email and ICQ when she went missing. With the co-operation of the girl's father, the police were able to retrieve some of the logged conversations. These logged chats were sent to the Exploited Child Unit for analysis. It was discovered that the older man mentioned that he would be willing to drive to Missouri to pick the child up and suggested that the child tell her father that she was "going to Las Vegas to visit a pretty sick person'.

The online conversations also became quite sexually explicit. ECU analysts conducted various searches on the suspect's email address and screen names and found two ICQ accounts that listed a possible name and location for the suspect in Las Vegas. ECU staff then provided this information to the investigating law enforcement agency. At this point, ECU analysts suggested that the Union PD intake the missing child with the NCMEC. ECU analysts also provided Union PD with the details on how to go about contacting the suspect's Internet Service Provider for his subscriber information.

In addition, ECU analysts consulted with the FBI liaison (assigned to NCMEC) for assistance due to possible interstate criminal activity. She contacted the resident FBI agency in Missouri. The agent agreed to visit the Union PD and offer the FBI's assistance with the case. The FBI in Las Vegas became involved based on this course of events. Apparently, the suspect drove to Union, MO to meet the child. The suspect then took the child back to Las Vegas, NV where the FBI apprehended him and the child was recovered. The suspect was arrested at his place of employment and the child was found on the street. The suspect has been charged with transporting a minor interstate for sexual purposes and it has been confirmed that the suspect sexually assaulted the young girl.


June 2000

On June 11, 2020 NCMEC's Hotline received an anonymous tip from a female caller in Iowa wishing to report a possible abduction that was going to take place on Wednesday, June 14, 2000. The caller stated that a 53-year-old suspect from Indiana had been communicating with a 14-year-old female child from Wisconsin via the Internet for three years. The caller also stated that the suspect intended to have sexual relations with the child and that the child wished to run away with the suspect. The caller also alleged that this suspect had served previous jail time for a prior murder conviction. As a result, ECU Staff contacted the OJJDP-funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Wisconsin, and authorities in Iowa and Indiana. Each agency was provided with the caller's ANI and a copy of the report that was intaked by Hotline.

On June 16, 2000, the 53-year-old suspect was arrested in a shopping mall parking lot when he travelled to Madison, WI to meet the child and arrange a sexual encounter with her. Seer Magi, from Roanoke, Indiana, was charged with child enticement, attempted child abduction, interference with the custody by parents or others, possession of
marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal damage to property after a scuffle with police. The Madison Police Department, the Indiana State Police and the Dubuque (Iowa) Police Department assisted the Wisconsin DCI with the arrest.

When Magi was arrested, authorities conducted a search of his truck and found in his possession an unsheathed twelve-inch axe, four pieces of rope, drug paraphernalia and a bottle of Demerol pills among several other items.

In 1968, Magi was convicted of second-degree murder in Indiana. Although he was sentenced to thirty years, he was released on parole in October 1991. His criminal record also includes burglary convictions in 1981 and an escape in 1982.


MARCH 2000

On March 13th, 2000, the CyberTipline received a report from a woman who was Instant Messaged by a suspect who mistakenly thought she was an eleven year old girl. The woman logged the conversation with the suspect in which he began talking in sexually graphic terms. In addition, he told the "child" that he would leave his house at that exact time to drive the eight hour distance to meet her. He asked if they could engage in sexual activities when he got there and offered to bring the "child" beer or wine coolers. He said that he would "drive really, really fast" so he could get there before her mother came home from work. The reporting person sent a copy of the logged chat to the CyberTipline.

ECU Analysts conducted several Internet searches on the suspect and determined that he resided in San Antonio, Texas. The CyberTip Report was forwarded to a Sergeant at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Eight weeks after this report was forwarded to San Antonio, the Sergeant in Texas received an urgent phone call from a law enforcement agency in South Carolina. This agency reported that a thirteen year old girl from their area had gone missing the previous day.

Law enforcement was called in to examine the missing child's computer and they found correspondence in which a stranger was telling the child the he would like to meet her in person. Law enforcement in South Carolina contacted the suspect's ISP and identified him as a man from San Antonio, Texas. The Sergeant in Texas immediately recognised the suspect's name as being the same person that the CyberTipline Report identified eight weeks earlier. The two law enforcement agencies co-operated and subpoenaed the suspect's credit card company and learned that he had checked into a motel in the missing child's hometown on the same day she disappeared. They also learned that the suspect checked out of the motel the following morning but there was still no sign of the child.

Per the request of law enforcement, ECU Analysts conducted thorough public records searches on the suspect and immediately faxed the information to the agency. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office kept round-the-clock surveillance on the suspect's house anticipating his return. Three days after the child went missing, the suspect arrived back at his house without the child. After a search warrant was authorised, law enforcement entered the suspect's home where he confessed that he had dropped the child at her friend's house. The child was then located and returned to her parents. Law enforcement arrested the suspect on a Federal warrant of Interstate Travel to Engage in Sex with a Minor. It is fully expected that this offender will also be charged on State Charges in South Carolina.


The reporting person called NCMEC for assistance because her 14 year old daughter disclosed that the prior week she went to a hotel with an adult male she met in a Chat Room. The named suspect travelled from New York to Texas to meet with this child.

ECU staff contacted the reporting person and gathered all of the information she had regarding the incident. This information included the name and location of the hotel, the floor number, the exact date, the phone number for the suspect, and other specifics relating to the incident.

ECU conducted public records database searches on the suspect phone number. The results indicated a possible name, address and social security number for the suspect. The Cybertipline Report with detailed information was forwarded to the jurisdiction where the incident occurred (TX). Local law enforcement and the FBI- Houston investigated the incident and found corroborating evidence that indeed this individual travelled from New York to Texas. The suspect has polio and no criminal history. He has also failed a polygraph examination. The suspect has been charged by the state of Texas with assault of a minor and statutory rape. These are Class III Felonies in Texas. On August 25, 1999, the defendant was indicted by the Grand Jury for indecency with a child by contact and sexual assault of a child. Federal charges are not going to be pursued because it cannot be confirmed that the defendant knew the child's age at the time that he travelled to Texas. However, when the defendant picked the child up at her house, she came out of the house with slippers on and a Teletubby backpack. At this point, he knew that she was a minor but he proceeded to take her to a hotel anyway and assault her. He had no criminal history.