Local Man Arrested For Transporting Minor He Met Online

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On Thursday, May 5, 2011 The Quincy Police Department arrested James Tommy Carter, Jr., 37, of Quincy, Florida after Carter drove 1,200 miles to Omaha, Nebraska and picked up a 17 year old teenager he met on-line and transported her back to his home in Quincy, Florida.

Quincy Police were contacted earlier in the week by Nebraska authorities after the teens mother reported her missing. The investigation revealed that the minor, whose identity is being withheld, met Carter on an unknown website about eight months ago. Carter gained the minor’s trust by promising assistance with an unknown medical condition the teen suffers from. At some point during the trip to Florida the teen changed her mind but was pressured by Carter to continue on. Carter’s identity was determined by the teen’s mom locating a phone number which led Quincy Police to Carter. The teen who appears to be un-harmed has been re-united with her mother at this time. Upon arresting Carter Quincy Police Investigators also served a search warrant on his residence in search of additional evidence in this case.

James Tommy Carter, 37, of 103 E. Sharon St. Apt. B., Quincy, FL was charged with Interference with Child Custody at this time. He was booked into the Gadsden County Jail and has bonded out.

This investigation is on-going and additional charges may be filed.

Quincy Police Chief Walter McNeil encourages all parents and guardians to follow these guidelines to keep kids safe:

How do online predators work?

Online predators do the following:
Find kids through social networking, blogs, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, discussion boards, and other websites.
Seduce their targets through attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts.
Know the latest music and hobbies likely to interest kids.
Listen to and sympathize with kids' problems.
Try to ease young people's inhibitions by gradually introducing sexual content into their conversations or by showing them sexually explicit material.
Might also evaluate the kids they meet online for future face-to-face contact.

How can parents minimize the risk of a child becoming a victim?
Talk to your kids about sexual predators and potential online dangers.
Use parental control software that's built into new operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows Vista or that you can download for free like Windows Live Family Safety Settings.
Follow age limits on social networking websites. Most social networking sites require that users be age 13 and over. If your children are under the recommended age for these sites, do not let them use them.

Young children should not use chat rooms—the dangers are too great. As children get older, direct them towards well-monitored kids' chat rooms. Encourage even your teens to use monitored chat rooms.
If your children take part in chat rooms, make sure you know which ones they visit and with whom they talk. Monitor the chat areas yourself to see what kind of conversations take place.

Instruct your children to never leave the chat room's public area. Many chat rooms offer private areas where users can have one-on-one chats with other users-chat monitors can't read these conversations. These are often referred to as "whisper" areas.
Keep the Internet-connected computer in a common area of the house, never in a child's bedroom. It is much more difficult for a predator to establish a relationship with your child if the computer screen is easily visible. Even when the computer is in a public area of your home, sit with your child when they are online.