Investigators then track the Internet service provider (ISP) address of the chat room participant, obtain his or her home address and begin an investigation. Michael Price II, we represent people indicted or under investigation for chat room luring and the online solicitation of a minor.
We intercede immediately for our clients to limit and restrict an investigation and ensure a "rush to judgment" doesn't result in the carte blanche approval of overreaching search warrants, property seizures and intrusive surveillance.
Law enforcement agencies have learned that the most effective use of their investigative resources is to focus on the locations where the crimes are being committed.
The Internet is the newest location where adults who are intent on exploiting children can easily find victims to prey upon.
Law enforcement agencies know that chat rooms have become more than merely cyber meeting places for social interaction or to find out how to repair a faucet.
However, that same anonymity could put someone in the position of engaging in sexually suggestive emails or texts with someone who could turn out to be an undercover police detective or FBI agent.
Police were monitoring an online chat room for child predators earlier this month when they reportedly caught and arrested a 36-year-old man accused of soliciting sex with children earlier this month. 13, an officer posing as a single mother with an 8-year-old child began talking with Enrique Roberto Velez, 36, in the chat room, according to KPRC.
Velez discussed how he was babysitting his girlfriend's 5-year-old son and a 1-year-old baby.
Velez is being held in the Fort Bend County jail on bonds totaling 0,000, according to a spokesman with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's office.
Velez faces four charges dealing with sexual assault of a child and child pornography.