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Sexual predators use social media to lure victims

Reported by: Fatima Rahmatullah
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Updated: 4/30/2014 10:16 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Sexually suggestive Facebook messages between a man and a teenager led to an arrest and another alleged victim. Jonathan Tyrone Thompson faces a long list of charges including child abuse and soliciting prostitution from a juvenile.

"They use Facebook, they use instant chatting, which is probably the most prevalent now,” said Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Harris.

Harris says predators hide behind a computer and think they can go undetected.

Police say Thompson, 30, used Facebook to lure a 15-year-old girl for the purposes of sex. According to court documents, Thompson's fiancé called police after her daughter saw inappropriate messages, sexual in nature between Thompson and a Bonanza High School sophomore.

On April 6, Thompson sent a message on Facebook to a minor saying how much fun it would be to talk in person: “This way I can see your smile and give you a hug when you need one and a kiss for fun.” He added, “or make out when no one is looking. That would feel great, right? Relaxing.”

Harris says this case serves as a reminder to parents to monitor teens while they use social media. They should never accept invites from someone they don't know.

During the investigation, detectives found out this was not the only time Thompson was in contact with an underage girl.

“They get engaged into it then the next thing you know there's picture trading and eventually what they want to do is actually meet the individual,” Harris said.

In January, Thompson approached a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from Bonanza High School. He asked the girl if she would go with him for a little bit because he feels lonely. Detectives say Thompson showed her a hundred dollar bill and said it would only take 15 minutes and they would go somewhere private.

“A predator is a predator and their goal is to get that individual into a sexual act,” Harris said.

Thompson remains in jail without bail. He is set to be in court May 21.



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