Mom Speaks Out In Stalking Case

This news article states:

Oklahoma City woman is speaking out about the Florida woman accused of arranging an encounter with her teenage son through an online video game and having sex with him. The woman, whose name is not being used to protect her son's identity, said she thought her son was playing video games with Annamay Alexander's children. She said she later found out that Alexander had taken her son to a motel for sex."He was innocent and she stole it from him," the woman said. Police said Alexander, 44, was a married mother of three when the case started. The teenage boy's mother said Alexander introduced him to members of her family. "He met the husband, the mother and children," the woman said. She said the friendship escalated and items soon began to arrive in the mail. First, there were birthday gifts, like a NASCAR T-shirt. Later, the boy received written love notes." At this point, I started getting suspicious," the mother said. "She referred to herself as his wife." Police said she had a tattoo with the boy's name on it. Police said Alexander later left her family to drive to Oklahoma to meet the boy. The mother said she remembers the day she woke up and found his room empty. "The video game was on and the volume was up, and it sounds like he was playing video games," the woman said. "But he wasn't there. "She said her son later told her that Alexander had picked him up. According to a police report, the boy said Alexander took him to a motel. "I said, 'Did you have sex with her?' And he said yes," she said. "I asked him if he'd used protection and he said, 'What is that?' "She said she began to dig through text messages and video game chat sessions, finding messages like one that said, "My body is yours to do whatever you want with." She said she also found suggested photographs. "I saw pictures of her only in a bra," the woman said.She called police and Alexander fled, investigators said. She was arrested last week in Wichita Falls, Texas. Police said she will remain in federal custody until her trial on four counts of sexual exploitation of a child.The woman said her son has returned to school and is working with health care professionals to try to put the experience behind him.She said she spoke out in order to alert other families."If this can happen to my son, it can happen to other people's," she said.
Good job keeping Home safe for children!

22 comments:

  1. Home cant be tasked with keeping an eye on every pervert or sicko using the service. There was no way for Home to keep this from happening, unless u want sony reading every single message you make and then making desicions based on what you say. How is Home supposed to know an underage user is recieving stuff in the mail from a child preditor. Its impossible for Home to protect ever user from kreeps. They only met on Home, the sick stuff was done outside of Home.

    Its an unfortunate event, but Home is not to blame. This sick stuff sadly happens in our online world, regardless of its place in the web, it happens, no matter the venue. Only good parenting can prevent it and catch it. Im sure yall dnt want Home taking up the slack of some parents and start telling you who u can and cant talk to?

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  2. Heidi Anspaugh... you are to blame for this. This boy's innocence was lost to a monster because you created and maintain an environment that enables sexual predators. Good job Heidi. Good fucking job.

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  3. crunk: No. I expect them to make an effort though. Or any effort. This could easily be solved by making home a 18+ service like it should be

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  4. How would making Home an 18s service have stopped this?! stupid comment. if his parents were stupid enough to let him get picked up and brought to a motel, then they're obviously the type who would let him have 18's games an 18's account etc since they dont moderate his behaviour, so that wouldnt have stopped this.

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  5. simple numbers. the less kids are on home, the less likely it is they will get raped by sexual predators. Sure some will get through the cracks, but those parents who set account controls on home and prevent their kids from getting on a 18+ service would lower the risk significantly. And to be honest, no one really wants them on Home anyways.

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  6. Parents are not going to be staring over the shoulder of their 14 year old every moment they are on the PS3, even with the most authoritarian parents. The 14 year old was obviously not interested in sharing his adventure with his parents. I don't blame the parents in this case.

    The criminal gets 99% of the blame, but Sony shares responsibility because they actively seek 13+ year olds to join Home yet they do not provide sufficient protection to keep minors from being sexually harassed or stalked. Parents thinking their kids are using games on their console may be surprised to know Sony offers this predator rich interactive haven to anyone 13 and up for free. The word needs to get out, maybe via a huge red sticker on every PS3 box, that Home is rich with perverts and Sony does next to nothing to stop them.

    Sony doesn't want to make the service 18 and up because they use Home to advertise (mostly ESRB M) content to 13-18 year olds. And of course Sony will not pay for adequate moderation or programming to fix reporting tools because that would eat into profits. They have traded the safety of countless minors for profit.

    The Home HCMs play a role in this as well. It is their job to make the world reasonably safe but they don't. They spend 95% of their time focused on selling virtual items.

    Sony, you can't have your cake and eat it to. If you are going to run a community you actually need real community managers and sufficient moderation in world. You have to improve your reporting system and if you are going to let 13-17 year olds frolic with 18-60 year olds you have to police it. Otherwise make it 18 and up OR segregate minors from adults. Ya cheap and dangerous fucks.

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  7. when i was 14 there was sexting and nude photos being passed around like pokemon cards on AIM everyday. hell, i used to dress up like Alice from Wonderland and show my Hoo-Hahs. (i was wild, what can i say n_-)"NO thats not how i met CRUNKRIS" But seriously, are you saying we should all rally together and sue American Online? its the internet. Homes not evil, and no matter how Good and/or focused a parents attention is to their childrens internet access things like this are going to happen reguardless. its part of the internet word. shit happens. we need to prepare our kids for it.

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  8. i can't wait to see what this generation of kids' parenting skills turn out to be like.

    i have high hopes.

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  9. Hopefully, this generation will be wise to the goings on and the types of people lurking on the interwebz. And implement that wisdom effectively.
    Indeed, it is difficult to monitor teens (have 3), but awareness is a huge thing. Especially awareness where sexual predators are involved. A great many teens (especially boys) would be enticed into sexual acts by the likes of this woman. Possibly due to the fact that they may be unaware that they're being used or that their 'lover' may be doing something immoral. Definitely not THE answer, and unfortunate that we must make our CHILDREN aware of such monstrosities. Not only make them aware, but make certain they understand and BELIEVE that this stuff is wrong, and that these people are warped.

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  10. @ Buggie

    Its true with your takes on the report system. I try it last night in HOME and once or just right after I submit the report, it shows "Server Error". I was like "what the fuck! Is this a joke?". I did the submission twice and that report system is fuck up! So how the heck we use the Report function if it doesn't get send to the MOD or let alone to the HOME team to inspect the problem. HOME is such a joke when they come to security or help.

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  11. @ Anonymous

    Home management maintains that even though after submitting a report you may get the "Server Error" message, your report still gets through to the moderation team.

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  12. which is a complete & total lie

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  13. @ Anonymous

    That it is a complete & total lie is a complete & total assumption.
    Question is; if the report really DOES go through, then why have they not yet repaired the "Server Error" message? This has been going on for some time now.

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  14. @ Nos

    Yeah, seriously just two simple word (Server Error) to be correct it and how hard is it to do that? So many imperfection with HOME and even the smallest detail is over looked. -__-

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  15. Nos, actually it is not, and a majority of the hacker community knows this. See, when it submits a report, it establishes a connection to a specific server, then you see it upload on the PS3 side. Watching the packet exchange via PC you can see a report go through. However, if you get the "server error" no data is exchanged or uploaded. Translation: server error = no report. The HCM have lied about this to their users.

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  16. HCM's lying? Surely not!

    Anyway, back on the topic of this actual post I do believe buggie summed it up best when he called sony "cheap and dangerous fucks." Sadly there are many irresponsible parents out there that see a ps3 as a cheap baby sitting service and they dont give a shit what depravity their children are exposed to. Sony are providing this service, its their rules, their network and their staff and therefore their RESPONSIBILITY.

    We as consumers have the right to a safe well moderated environment for both ourselves and our children if Sony deem it fit for 13 year olds (in sexually provocative mature looking avatars) to mix with the likes of this Alexander Woman. At the moment Sony are not doing enough, in terms of their moderation policy and the very fact they are actually allowing minors onto what has effectively become a virtual Las Vegas.

    Spankie-Jizzard

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  17. Apologies, Anonymous.
    Am not hip to the workings of data exchange or the lack thereof.
    Why would Home Management lie to us about this? Especially when there are most likely plenty of users like yourself who seem to be knowledgeable in this area.
    Could it not come back to bite them in the ass eventually?

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  18. To be honest, I'd assume they weren't directly lying, and more talking out of their asses. I assume they have little to no knowledge of the programs functions, so they simply fibbed to prevent the obvious abuse of this knowledge.

    You see, say if you go into CP and you test the report tool, and it's non functional. That's straight-up party time for trolls, because that means that no reports will get through

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  19. It is 919's dirty little secret. Nothing is captured. The error isn't even a programming error. It is configuration which is currently turned off. Sony does not have the resources to monitor and if they saved the report record and it was subpoenaed by law enforcement they could prove neglect. As it stands now they will just say you lied and never reported something if push comes to shove.

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  20. Actually I just made that shit up, but it sounds plausible, no?

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  21. Indeed it does. You should be a writer.
    Anything is possible.

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