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giovedì 4 maggio 2017
14-year-old girl lured by social media apps, raped
CHICAGO (CBS) – A 14-year-old Indiana girl once missing from northwest Indiana, was found safe four days later in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now, three men are charged in connection with her disappearance.
“The FBI initially started this based off of information they were able to obtain during a social media type of investigation. It linked to a multi-state connection to those multimedia sources,” said Union Township, Ohio Police Department Detective Ken Mullis.
Three men from two different states, include a duo are accused of playing roles in the disappearance of a 14-year-old Lake County, Indiana girl.
Eric Ho, 25, is charged with one count of rape; while Bryan Otero, 27, is charged with one count of complicity to rape, according to the Clermont County sheriff’s office.
The FBI said 20-year-oldIan Smith from Derby, Kansas met the teen through online chatting applications, gained her trust and eventually drove her from her Schererville, Indiana home to the residence in Ohio, where she was eventually found. He then drove back to Kansas, where federal authorities found and arrested him.
Authorities say in cases like this, it’s easy for parents to miss signs of trouble.
Police said 20-year-old Ian Smith was arrested in Derby, Kansas on child pornography charges.
He’s accused of luring a 14-year-old from Indianapolis using social media apps Kik and Chatango.
“These social media applications can pose a problem to especially a younger juvenile,” said Union Township Police Detective Ken Mullis.
They say Smith drove the girl to a Cincinatti, Ohio apartment building – then he left for Kansas.
14-year-old Amelia, who went missing Friday, was left behind. Authorities found her Tuesday after she had been raped.
“When they told me that, I cried,” said neighbor Brandie Boon. “I mean, even though they said she ran away willingly, I was 14 once.”
Boon’s 27-year-old neighbor Bryan Otero, and 25-year-old Eric Ho, were charged. Ho for forcibly raping Amelia, and Otero for helping and watching.
Boon wonders if this is their first offense of this nature.
“What if there’s other girls they’ve done this to, you know? Have they done anything else to ‘em?”
Amelia is now back at home with her family recovering.
Experts say parents can play a big role in making sure this doesn’t happen to their children.
They have three pieces of advice – the first is to monitor your child’s online activity. Then they say you should steer them away from games and sites that contain a chat feature. Finally you should ask yourself as a parent – could you be violating your child’s privacy by posting their photos on your own social media pages?