Internet predator arrested
Tuesday, November 29th 2005, 6:07 am
By: News On 6
Tulsa Police are warning parents about an Internet predator. His target, young girls in northeastern Oklahoma.
6 in the Morning reporter Omar Villafranca says thousands of northeast Oklahoma teens hop online and chat on the Internet, but the Tulsa Police cyber crimes unit wants to warn parents about a man pretending to be someone else.
Police say 40-year old Michael Daniels claims he's 18-years old and a senior in high school. His online name is "yourguy15". In reality, he's been convicted of sexually assaulting young girls in Illinois.
He's been e-mailing a 15-year old Jenks girl since last spring. She thought they were in love, they even discussed marriage. Then, the e-mails started taking on a sexual nature. Detectives say the girl is lucky someone told her about his identity before something terrible happened.
Tulsa Police Sgt Tim Stadler: "I think young teenagers want to believe the people they're talking to are telling the truth, are morale and it's not going to happen to them."
Illinois police arrested and charged Daniels with four counts of indecent proposal to a minor for the case in Jenks. He is free on bond.
It's pretty common for kids to have online journals and police encourage parents to read them. You can check myspace.com or xanga.com. And police warn teens to never chat online to anyone they don't personally know and don't agree to meet them.