PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A Hampton Roads mother called 10 On Your Side after she discovered sexual predators were trying to have conversations of a sexual nature with her 9-year-old daughter.
The predators were using the website Omegle.com. They asked the young girl for her address and pictures and wanted to talk to her about sex. Omegle.com is a very explicit site and is definitely not suitable for anyone under the age of 18, let alone a 9-year-old.
The police departments in Hampton Roads 10 On Your Side contacted said they never heard of Omegle.com, but the number of similar sites continues to grow.
The parent who called with the warning for other parents blames herself in part, saying she needs to do a better job using protective filters for her children’s internet usage. She says she will be paying much closer attention now to what her child is browsing on the web and encourages other parents to do the same.
In cases like this one, parents should alert police immediately. Departments in Hampton Roads have special investigators for crimes against children.
Under Virginia law, using the internet to transmit sexually explicit material to encourage a child to send back explicit material or even entice or persuade a child to enter a home, car or other place to produce such material, or to have sex, are all considered a class 5 felony.
The penalty for a first offense is a minimum mandatory five years in prison to as much as 30 years.