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A Mother's Warning About Online Predators

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One Broken Arrow mother has a warning for others. One Broken Arrow mother has a warning for others.
Kenneth Shepard is now in jail. Kenneth Shepard is now in jail.

An outraged Broken Arrow mother has a warning.  She says she learned the hard way about giving out personal information on the Internet.  She says she talked to a 35-year-old man online, who ended up being more interested in her young daughter.  News On 6 anchor Scott Thompson reports the woman says she got too close, too fast with the man she met on the information superhighway.

The man is now behind bars, and police say it's another example of the dangers of online predators.

"I just feel betrayed.  A lot of betrayal and anger," said Kelly.

She doesn't want to use her name or show her face, but the Broken Arrow mom, who we'll call "Kelly," met 35-year old Kenneth Shepard through Yahoo! Messenger around the beginning of April.

"He seemed like such a sweet person. He was very kind and considerate," said Kelly.

Kelly admits now to giving Shepard too much information, once she even went to his home in a brand new subdivision in Bixby. At first, Kelly says, he didn't say anything strange, but two weeks into the relationship his tone began to change as Shepard started asking about Kelly's six-year-old daughter.

"Stated that he wanted to undress her and that she would undress him. And, he wanted for him and I to have sex in her bed," said Kelly.

That's when Kelly called Broken Arrow Police. Investigators say the case highlights the dangers and secrecy that comes with the World Wide Web. They say it's best to leave personal information away from chat rooms.

"Not your name, not where you live, not home addresses or cell phone numbers or anything like that," said Broken Arrow Police Major Mark Irwin.

Kelly says Shepard eventually arranged a time to meet her six-year old daughter.

"And, he wanted me to pick up my daughter from school early and have her ready so he could come and have sex with her," said Kelly.

Shepard was arrested a short time later outside of Kelly's home. She wants others to learn from her mistake and be careful who you meet online.

"It was just really easy to talk to him. And, in hindsight, looking back that's scary because it's like he pulled me in to get me to open up to him," said Kelly.

Kelly says she was told by detectives that Shepard admitted asking about having sex with her daughter.  He is being held on a count of attempted rape in the first degree.

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