Police were monitoring an online chat room for child predators earlier this month when they reportedly caught and arrested a 36-year-old man accused of soliciting sex with children earlier this month. 13, an officer posing as a single mother with an 8-year-old child began talking with Enrique Roberto Velez, 36, in the chat room, according to KPRC.
One of the unfortunate realities of chat rooms is that sexual talk -- sometimes harmless, sometimes explicit -- often appears in rooms that have nothing to do with dating, sex or relationships.
If you're going to spend a lot of time in chat rooms, you have to learn to ignore all the noise and concentrate on your own conversations.
Velez allegedly told the police officer to meet him at a motel where they would have sex with the children.
He then drove to a motel in Stafford, where he was met by police and arrested.
The anonymous nature of chat rooms tends to inspire exaggerated behavior in otherwise normal, respectful people.
One commentator calls chat rooms "safety valves" for strong emotions, opinions and urges that most people can't, or wouldn't want to express in real life [source: The Industry Standard].Keeping Your Personal Information Private Interacting with People Offline Being Aware of Predators Ceasing Communication and Reporting Threats Community Q&A Chatrooms are a fun place to engage in discussion about a variety of topics.While most people who frequent online chatrooms are good people, there are some who are there to prey on or bully other people.The anonymity of chat rooms also encourages people to share unabashed opinions.People tend to state their thoughts and opinions more emphatically in chat rooms than they would ever dare in real life.Often around a particular topic and may or may not be moderated.