A Memphis man is charged with rape after police say he struck up a conversation with a 15-year-old girl on Facebook, picked her up and brought her to a park where he sexually assaulted her.
Christopher Foreman, 20, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in the backseat of his car. According to the affidavit of complaint, when she asked Foreman to stop and said he was hurting her, he replied, "Just relax. Give me a few more minutes."
"Basically, that's messed up," said Albert Hall, who has a daughter of his own. "I don't want nobody to do my daughter like that, so I think he should get the, you know, hardcore punishment."
"There's all kinds of predators out here, you know? You never know who you're talking to," added Jermaine Hannah, who lives in Memphis.
Joe Fox is a deputy with Shelby County Sheriff's Office, which is not the agency handling the rape case. But, Fox is part of the department's crime prevention team.
"I think you can find any kind of predator is going to try to use anything that's available to them," said Fox, who often speaks about Internet safety to teens and their parents. "And that's who we really hound to, the parents. Be involved. Be a parent, not a friend, to your kids when it comes to the Internet."
Fox suggests, among other things, being nosy about your children's on-line activity.
- Monitor "friendships"
- Know their passwords
- "Friend" them
- Set limits
All it takes, according to Fox, is one predator to test them.
"Where they used to have to go to playgrounds, or go to shopping centers or to malls to try to locate prey, now they just do it right there using the social media sites that are easily available to everyone," Fox explained.
Foreman is in jail on a $35,000 bond. He is due back in court in one week.