Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Suddenly I don't feel so secure....

According to the title linked Cleveland Plain Dealer article:

MIAMI (AP) — A deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was charged with using a computer to seduce a child after authorities said he struck up sexual conversations with an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Brian J. Doyle, 55, the fourth-ranking official in the department's public affairs office, was expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon in Maryland and also to be placed on administrative leave.

It's not just the fact that this is a Government Official doing this, but this part that if true, was especially troubling:

Doyle found the teenager's profile online and began having sexually explicit conversations with her on the Internet on March 14, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

He sent her pornographic movie clips, as well as non-sexual photos of himself, officials said. One of the photos, released by the sheriff's office, shows Doyle in what appears to be DHS headquarters. He is wearing a Homeland Security pin on his lapel and a lanyard that says "TSA."

The Transportation Security Administration is part of the Homeland Security Department.

During online conversations, Doyle revealed his name, who he worked for and offered his office and government-issued cell phone numbers, the sheriff's office said.

On several occasions, Doyle instructed her to perform a sexual act while thinking of him and described explicit activities he wanted to have with her, investigators said.

It's one thing to try to have an on-line relationship with someone like this if you believe they are over 18, however it appears in this situation Dolye was under the impression that it was a 14 year old.

CNN has additional details as well.

The Washington Post adds this even more disturbing bit of information:

Doyle was online at the time awaiting what he thought was a nude image of a girl who had lymphoma, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in an interview with Fox News' "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren." "We wanted to make sure he was using that computer and talking to detectives at the time of the arrest," Judd said.

As a parent, I would never ever ever let my child have or use a webcam, on top of monitoring their web usage I can't see a logical reason to let a child use or have a webcam. I can't really see a logical reason for an adult to use one let alone a child.