Obviously, things have changed drastically since then, especially with the advent of technology. Online predators are smart and engaging, and can easily capture the attention of a lonely teen sitting alone in front of a computer screen searching for some sort of contact.
These predators know what to say, how to act and what they want.
Legault, a Canadian national, is an example of the great partnership and responsiveness of Canadian law enforcement authorities in helping the FBI carry out this mission,” said David J. Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: Beginning in approximately July of this year, Legault met a 13-year-old girl on Omegle, a free online and anonymous text and video chat tool.
Le Valley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office. After moving their communications to another site, the defendant allegedly asked the teen to perform sexual acts on live video-streaming for him.
For generations, parents have taught the "don't talk to strangers" rule to their children, but that rule has a whole new meaning now that kids can chat with strangers all over the world via the internet.
Legault traveled to Atlanta from his home in Canada with the alleged expectation of having sex with a minor. “The FBI successfully intercepted Legault after he flew into the United States and before he could carry out his plan.
“Legault is accused of communicating with a young girl on the internet for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity with her,” said U. Cases like this one demonstrate the continued importance for parents to engage with their kids about their activities on the Internet including the app’s they are using to chat, and the people with whom they are chatting.” “The FBI stands ready to aggressively pursue those who would prey on our nation’s children.
Officials said the United States, Canada and Australia were the main partners among selected police agencies from 35 countries.
Authorities said they used surveillance tactics normally used against terrorism suspects and drug traffickers to infiltrate the pedophile ring at its highest level with the Toronto Police sex crimes unit handling local operations.