Cherokee County investigators catch sex predator

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Updated: 11/12/2012 11:24 am Published: 11/10/2012 10:46 pm

Across the nation, law enforcement is seeing more predators going after teens.

Cherokee County, investigators are gaining ground but they're working with a small department and social media is making the job tougher.

Investigators are going after as many as they can. Saturday, they set up to meet with a 23-year-old man who was messaging what he believed to be a 14-year-old on The suspect, whose name we’re withholding, was really talking to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Jarrick Snyder. They had been in close communication since August.

“I'm so excited to see you, hold you and kiss you with a smiley face," said Snyder, as he read one of the messages sent by the suspect.

Investigators decided to arrest the man  because they say was becoming more persistent about meeting up.

"Being a child predator (used to be) a hard job,” said Cherokee County District Attorney Mike Moore, talking how times have changed since social media became a big thing. “They had to do it in person, hang out at the school; I mean they were very visible. Now, they feel safe. They’re in their own home."

Moore and Snyder are both with the Cherokee County Internet Crimes against Children Unit. They told FOX23 the suspect was also a victim of a child predator.

The man was getting help but investigators say he was ignoring the advice.

"I think the message is, if you're going to get online and you're going to talk to young children and you're a predator, good chance is we're going to be there," said Moore.

The man is charged with lewd or indecent acts with a child under 16.

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aleman - 11/16/2012 2:09 PM
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I am also of the opinion that once caught molesting the predator should lose all rights,become a sub human in society,maybe exile them to an island or strap them to a rocket an launch them into space,they are incurable and a danger to society

aleman - 11/16/2012 2:02 PM
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So if I understand Libertarians' reasoning it is ok to be a child molester if you were molested?This new liberal thinking blows my mind I don't get it.So it is ok if someone breaks into someones' house and kills his family he then can go do the same,is this what I am understanding?I know there seems to be an excuse for all these degenerates when it just boils down to the fact that they are psychopaths

t town253 - 11/15/2012 9:51 AM
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Libertarian I am not sitting here critiquing and critisizing our officers excellent entrappment work. Thanks tho and continue to feel liberated!!

Libertarian - 11/15/2012 8:15 AM
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"Moore and Snyder are both with the Cherokee County Internet Crimes against Children Unit. They told FOX23 the suspect was also a victim of a child predator." This is a very telling statement. It is so sad how abuse seems to be passed down. I find it amusing how everyone that disagrees with aleman on his views is all the sudden "against the police" and "writing from a prison library." And t-town have you ever heard of the saying "kettle calling the pot black?" while I certainly support these detectives and their efforts to arrest child predators I find your statement/opinion to be a bit ironic.

t town253 - 11/13/2012 9:39 AM
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Unwashed and mayormaynot.....get off the internet and do something productive with your lives rather than critiquing those who are trapping animals, removing them from our community and placing them where they cages.

aleman - 11/12/2012 2:35 PM
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The maynut guy and the guy with the dirty mass do seem to be rather offended by this,but they are against everything the police do,I think they both are on a computer in a prison library somewhere,entrapment ...who cares anything to catch these psychopaths, they aren't your everyday run of the mill criminal,this is the worse that society has to offer,it isn't about is an act of violence and these degenerates will do what it takes to satisfy their psychopathic urges

tiredbeingsad - 11/12/2012 10:16 AM
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I think entrapment is ridiculous... the predator has every choice in the world NOT to speak to the person, especially once they find out age of the person they are speaking to. And patrolling the streets you are not going to find these scum sucking freaks. To catch a criminal you have to think like a criminal and act like a part of their game. Wake up people and support the people trying to get these maggots of the street, even if it means they have to go into their sick world to do it, its getting done. I have 2 teen daughters and I dont want any freaks talking to them....get them out of here and any pervert that thinks its ok to seduce or speak sexually to any kids needs to get the hell out of here and lose their computer privleges for life. I agree with the tattoo idea.. lets identify these freaks and let it be known who they are!

aleman - 11/12/2012 9:10 AM
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The thing with these insect predatory maggots,they do this until they get caught a couple times,then they start killing their victims so no one can report,I say any way they can catch them is fine with me,and when they do catch them make a real fine example out of CHILD MOLESTER on their foreheads in big block letters,catch 'em again...castration,third time... off to the boogeyman they go,there ain't no remedy or cure for them,they just find ways not to get caught,they definetly need "special" treatment '

Mayor Maynot - 11/11/2012 3:12 PM
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If police are pretending to be someone that they are not; does that border on entrapment ??? I understand that they think they are doing what they think is needed to deter a crime. It would be one thing if they recieved a report from a youth who was actually being pursued by a predator and monitoring convo that actually transpires between a predator and a victim. But to launch a fake personality on line, make promiscuous statements to attract and excite individuals, creates a fake crime. BTW the average child knows how to place undesirable contacts on IGNORE.

Unwashed Mass - 11/11/2012 11:04 AM
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While everyone reasonably expects police to keep local predators at bay, having a team of officers pretending to be teen girls on the internet to lure perverts to Oklahoma from out of state is a sure sign that a department has too many idle staff, or is not managing it's resources well. Patrolling the streets should be the first priority.
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