Cyber Predators your Child could be a Victim

On-line chat rooms are often fantasy playgrounds where users can be anything their imaginations allow. Women who have large bodies in real life can have hard defined bodies in the world of virtual reality. The timid accountant can become a professional football player. Usually it is all harmless fun that makes people change their personas.

But when 38-year-old Scott Tyree made up the chat room name “Master_for_teen_slave_girls,” it was not a joke. Nor was it harmless.

For months Tyree chatted with a man in Florida about how he wanted to have a live-in female slave. The girl the man who lived in Herndon, Virginia had in mind was a 13-year-old would-be model from Pittsburgh named Alicia.

The teen maintained a website on Yahoo, the same website server where she chatted with adult men, including Tyree. On her site were numerous pictures. Alicia called herself “Goddess_of_All” in chat rooms.

It was New Year’s Eve day. Scott Tyree’s 12-year-old daughter by his estranged wife left for home after visiting her father for the holidays. Shortly after she left, Tyree told his Florida chat friend his “wish for a female slave may be happening.”

Alicia’s mother said that after dinner New Years Eve her daughter went to her room and put on a pink “aero” sweatshirt. She then returned to the dinner table then walked down the hallway and out of the house.

She was in Scott Tyree’s Herndon home in time to celebrate the ball falling in Time’s Square, ushering in a new year. Actually, she arrived there at 10:55 PM. There is no doubt of the time because that’s when the Florida chat friend saw Alicia’s body appear on his webcam monitor. She was tied to a bed; not quite the celebration she expected.

The Florida chat friend wasted no time. He called the FBI to report what Tyree had done. Three days after her ordeal began, the FBI and Herndon police detectives served a warrant on Scott Tyree.

When they went into an upstairs bedroom, they discovered Alicia bound to the bed, the victim of a non-family abduction by Scott Tyree. Three days after her real-life rendezvous, Alicia was home with her parents and her abductor was cooling his heels in the Fairfax County jail.

Scott Tyree called himself “Master_for_teen_slave_girls. He didn’t hide his intentions and desires. Alicia should have known what she was getting into.
If not for the phone call made to law enforcement by a concerned Florida chatter, this foolish young teen may have been Tyree’s sex slave for many more days than three. She also, in all probability would have been murdered so he could hide the crime forever.

In September 2003, a federal judge found Tyree guilty of engaging in illegal sexual activity, traveling with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile, transportation with intent to engage in criminal exploration of a minor.

The sexual predator who would be master over teen sex slaves and his young prey, 13-year-old Alicia, met in one of the largest and most popular group of chat rooms on the Internet, Yahoo. Every day, thousands of teens are chatting with adult men, many of whom are as sexually predatory as Scott Tyree.

The Internet is so large it is difficult for a service provider to attempt to police it. At any given minute hundreds of thousands of chats and instant messages are occurring.
Free speech advocates have made it difficult for law makers to protect minors using the Internet. The Communications Decency Act, aimed at keeping offensive material on the Internet away from minors was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1997.

That law’s successor, The Child On-Line Protection Act has yet to face the scrutiny of the high court. However, it will.

You can’t expect the government to protect your children. Only the parent can do that by becoming actively interested and involved in their Internet activities.

If you don’t know what your child is doing while seated at the computer, you are inviting Internet sexual predators into your home to entice your kids. Be proactive. Your teen may not appreciate the intrusion now, but when he or she learns what happened to Alicia, they may give it a second thought.