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Man Solicits Nude Pics From Girl on PSN

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According to DailyTech, a young Kentucky man is facing charges in Texas after he befriended a young girl online and persuaded her to send him nude photos of herself.

The 24-year old has been accused of convincing an 11-year old girl to send nude pictures of herself to him while the two of them played games online via the PlayStation Network. The girl is said to have sent the pictures and “performed” over a number of weeks for Anthony Scott O'Shea before feeling embarrassed and notifying her parents. O’Shea now faces charges of promotion of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor and sexual performance of a child, reports DailyTech, citing the Houston Chronicle.

The report says that O’Shea admitted to both receiving the images and pressuring the child for more pictures. The authorities say he had also shared the material with other people and in interviews, the girl claimed he had wanted to meet in person in order to engage in sexual activity. Records say the girl informed O'Shea of her age.

The story once again raises the issue of monitoring the internet use of your children. While some parents are stringent about watching their child’s every move when it comes to MySpace, Facebook or Bebo, an awful lot remain uneducated about the way services like the PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live network actually work.

What do you guys think of kids gaming with strangers via the PSN or Xbox live? We’re fans of video gaming among kids because we think it can be great for socialising (especially the Wii) but we definitely don’t like the idea of children roaming around these kinds of networks, especially when the ages of users range so radically. Do you let your kids use Xbox Live or the PSN? If so, do you impose some kind of restriction or supervise their gaming? We’d love to know! Read the full report on DailyTech and the Houston Chronicle.

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    Anonymous , March 16, 2009 5:09 PM
    I think that gaming online can be very enjoyable and safe for kids as long as the parents sit down with them and educate them on being safe in an anonymous online environment.
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    grieve , March 16, 2009 5:16 PM
    Chop his nuts off.
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    grieve , March 16, 2009 5:25 PM
    I have had lengthy discussions with my 12 yr old son to ensure he is educated on internet safety.

    Also, my friends have a 13yr old daughter, I have spent much time discussing with them over a bunch of beers the concerns they face as she is on many of these sites.

    Education is the key… the children NEED to be aware of internet predators, they are naive and don’t even see these freaks coming.
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    hellwig , March 16, 2009 5:32 PM
    Pedobear? Seriously?

    You hear so many stories today about this kind of thing that all stem from clueless parents. Sometimes I really think we should license people to become parents. The government tries to control so many aspects of our lives these days (some even banning trans fats because they think you're too stupid to know they're bad for you), but we'll let anyone have a kid and be in complete control of their lives until they turn 18.
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    bustapr , March 16, 2009 5:40 PM
    Whats with the bear?
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    bustapr , March 16, 2009 5:42 PM
    there really should be a law against this that condemds these guys to jail and castration!
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    sacre , March 16, 2009 5:52 PM
    bustaprWhats with the bear?

    the bear is a Pedo sex symbol, "Pedobear" is his name, chases after hentai type material.

    Anywho, this of course is wrong in every way. Its people like that, that force us to really watch our children. Of course I do not have kids, but I agree with the first poster, the parents should take more interest in their daughters safety because weeks of that? without the parents knowing? hmm. In todays world you fear about having a child due to the amount of ways a twisted man/woman can contact your child.
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    fuser , March 16, 2009 6:21 PM
    Of course the guy is sick and should be punished accordingly. But my first reaction is: Where are the parents? How does an 11 year old have time to "perform" for someone and upload these performances without the parents having a clue? That is amazing.
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    sezyboy , March 16, 2009 7:07 PM
    I personally dont even think that much monitoring is necessary. All you really have to do is to explain some ground rules and then check in once in a while to see if those rules are being met.

    Limit the child's communication tools to something that you know how to use so that you can limit certain types access if necessary.
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    techtre2003 , March 16, 2009 7:26 PM
    Yes, the parents should have realized over "a number of weeks" that something was going on. But what bothers me more than that is that the girl thought those actions were ok.
    I've got a daughter who is going to turn 11 in a couple of months. I know she's not perfect and does some stuff she knows she isn't supposed to, but at the same time, I know damn well she knows better than to do something as stupid as this!
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    hustler539 , March 16, 2009 7:53 PM
    LOL, I will always find the picture they attact to these articles Hilarious!
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    tenor77 , March 16, 2009 7:55 PM
    Sadly there are sick people all over the world. The parents do have to be involved and this is what happens with too much freedom with a minor, and a predator. There's probably a lot more of this going on than is going to get caught. Don't get me started on the people playing Uno on XBL.
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    MrBradley , March 16, 2009 8:31 PM
    Im wondering in the first place why does an 11-year old even know about sexual conduct? Let alone sending nude pictures to ANYONE.
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    hillarymakesmecry , March 16, 2009 9:47 PM
    Castrate him and put him in a slave camp. Better yet, just havest the guy's organs. He's worthless.

    If one of my friends showed me a picture of an 11 year old girl he'd convinced to do something stupid on the internet I'd beat him half to death and call the cops.
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    NuclearShadow , March 16, 2009 10:10 PM
    I am amazed to find that this happened on the PSN if it was myspace, facebook, or some other site that enables the easy targeting of children I wouldn't be surprised but PSN?! Damn pedophiles are everywhere.

    Honestly if this happened to my son I wouldn't call the police. I would have my son arrange a meeting and Mr. Pedophile will never be seen again.
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    Anonymous , March 16, 2009 10:36 PM
    Alright people. Let's look at the situation.

    She did something for awhile and realized that he wasn't reacting the way she was hoping. then she feels pretty strongly embarrassed.

    It's not a pleasant feeling, I know.

    But it's not terrible, and it was her decision.
    How many years are they putting this guy away for?

    This country is ridiculous.
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    08nwsula , March 17, 2009 12:11 AM
    there will always be creeps out there. Parents, Hello?
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    notben , March 17, 2009 1:22 AM
    I think that this kind of thing will always happen. There is no realistic way to monitor your kids and what they do, unless you watch them play the game. PSN and Xbox Live should have parental features that inhibit certain types of communication, the entirety of the blame can't fall in the parents' hands, even though it really should.
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    caamsa , March 17, 2009 2:09 AM
    curnel_dI dont have kids, but I deffinately think it's reckless of the parents not to have at least slightly monitored her game time.The fact that this happened for 'a number of weeks', and still flew under the radar is just rediculous. To totally miss your 11 year old daughter sending nude pics with her cellphone or girating infront of a web cam means that you've taken absolutely no interest in protecting the child at all. Men like this one from kentucky are the real reason that we have and need hard and damaging sexual offender laws.And parents like this are the reason we should have more stringent child neglect laws.

    I work in child welfare and you would never be able to prove neglect on this family. The only way you could probably prove neglect is if the parents knew what she was doing but did nothing to stop her. Which is possible. But I do understand what you are saying. Someone might need to take a look at this family and offer them some assistance.
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    Master Exon , March 17, 2009 2:30 AM
    bustaprWhats with the bear?

    LMAO! I love seeing comments like these.
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