Many parents and caregivers are unaware of the signs, symptoms and prevention of childhood sexual abuse; adding to the rapid and ever rising statistics. This is unacceptable with over 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the United States affecting 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys.
Today the Hickoryrecord.com reported the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of three men who authorities said "arranged meetings with children to have sex."
A news release from the sheriff’s office said, "the men contacted and solicited sex with children via social media websites." When each of the three men arrived to the secured location to meet with a child for sex; they were arrested by investigators.
The news release from the sheriff’s office said, Carl Shook was out on bond following a "previous charge of solicitation of sex when he was arrested." His previous charges on May 18 was for "solicitation of a child under 16 years of age by electronic device for sexual purposes" and "appearing at the meeting place and driving while license revoked." Now Shook is being charged with "disseminating obscenity to a child under the age of 13." His bond is set at $75,000 following his arrest on Thursday afternoon.
Brian Garrison was charged with "solicitation of a child under 16 years of age by electronic device for sexual purposes" and "appearing at the meeting place." Garrison was also arrested May 18 and held on $100,000 bond.
Shea Tucker was charged with "solicitation of a child under 16 years of age by electronic device for sexual purposes" and "appearing at the meeting place and disseminating obscenity." Tucker was arrested June 16 and held on $50,000 bond.
The news release from the sheriff’s office added, "investigations were conducted as part of an effort to combat a growing trend of abuse toward minors through social media."
Caldwell County Sheriff Alan C. Jones reminds parents to closely monitor their children’s online activities, including email, social media and other activities done over the phone.
If you reside in Caldwell County and wish to report a sex offender you are asked to call Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Caldwell County sheriff’s office at 828-758-2324. You can also file reports of abuse at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Learn how to protect your children from sexual predators by learning online safety. One local organization making a difference in the lives of children is Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers is a 501 (c) 3 Michigan based non-profit child abuse and neglect awareness organization, dedicated to educating the public on the signs, symptoms, statics, intervention, prevention to assist victims and survivors in locating the proper resources to help achieve and enable a full recovery. This amazing organization is ran by two moms on a mission to end violence towards children.
For more information on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, visit their website at: http://dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com