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MySpace Investigated For Sexual Assaults on Children

Associated Press News Wire (
Sat, 4 Feb 2006 17:09:50 -0600 Subject of Sex Assault Probe

Police are investigating whether as many as seven teenage girls have
been sexually assaulted by men they met through the popular Web site

The girls, ages 12 to 16, are from Middletown and say they were
fondled or had consensual sex with men who turned out to be older than
they claimed. None of the incidents appeared to be violent, said
Middletown Police Sgt. Bill McKenna.

He said it was difficult to determine the exact number of victims
because some girls have been reluctant to disclose that they met their
assailants online. Others, particularly boys, may also be reluctant to
admit it 'happened to them also'.

The social networking Web site allows users to create profiles that
can include photos, personal information and even cell phone numbers.

In a statement Thursday, said it was committed to
providing a safe environment for its users. The site, which includes
safety tips, also prohibits use by anyone younger than 14, though a
disclaimer says the people who run the site can't always tell if users
are lying about their ages.

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