One on one sex chatting

Law enacted in 2005 The Legislature made computer-aided solicitation of a minor for sex a crime in 2005, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a ,000 fine.(Download text of law.) Four months after the law was enacted, Sharon was arrested on that charge.

"We want people to know we're monitoring what goes on on the Internet," Caraway said.

Caraway and other advocates of the law describe it as a preventive measure.

They say that imprisoning people who arrange over the Internet for sex with those they think are minors stops them from actually sexually abusing children.

A 43-year-old repairman from Gonzales, he logged into an Internet chat room on Dec.

12, 2005, and arranged for sex with another computer user purporting to be a 14-year-old girl.

When he arrived at a Kenner apartment four hours later to meet his underage date, actually an undercover adult detective, the police busted him.

Since then, the Kenner Police Department has arrested 49 more men in a program so successful that dozens of other Louisiana law enforcement agencies are launching similar efforts.

Although prosecutors decided not to charge three of the defendants, Kenner has yet to lose a case in court: 22 defendants have pleaded guilty without going to trial, and the other 25 cases are pending.

"We want to shut these people down," said Police Chief Steve Caraway, who took office in 2006 with a promise to crack down on cybercrime.

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