5:26am

Fri August 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sexual Predators Employ New Tactic

The U.S. Attorney's Office is warning parents about a new tactic employed by a sexual predator online in Kentucky. Sexual predators who take advantage of the anonymity of the internet sometimes do so by posing as young boys in order to lure underage females. But Ernest Baker, a Nicholasville man now serving a sentence of 288 months in federal prison, posed as a young girl first, then a young boy, effectively creating an extra layer of disguise. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry Harvey.

"That presents another level of challenges for our parents because if you were monitoring your child's online activity, you wouldn't necessarily be disturbed that your child was chatting with what appeared to be another teenage girl," he said.

Baker was convicted of producing child pornography with a 13-year-old girl. Harvey says the case is just another reminder that parents need to stay aware of new online threats.