Rachel Gardner, 32, a Washington State Patrol detective who takes part in online stings against sex predators, offered advice yesterday to students at a private Seattle girls high school, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She has had “plenty of guys” on their Web cam perform sexual acts “thinking they’re doing it for a 13-year-old,” she said. “As for what they say — you name it, and they’ve said it to me.” Gardner says she passes along the information to kids “so they’ll be smart and savvy with the Internet.”
Authorities said Edward E. Scott, command master chief for Naval Base Kitsap, used his work computer to enter online chat rooms saying he wanted sex with supposed 12-year-old girls. He was charged yesterday. About one in seven children ages 10 to 17 receives a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet, says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; only 27 percent of the youths who encountered unwanted sexual material told a guardian. “Kids need to report it to somebody — law enforcement, a parent or school official — so some kind of action can be taken,” said Douglas Lee, a detective working with the Missing and Exploited Children Task Force. Chris Kelly, chief privacy officer for the networking site Facebook.com, said the site does not allow adults to communicate with children unless the child approves a friend request.