Sexting case highlights need for online safety
The Hennepin County
Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 52-year-old man from Champlin after he texted a
teenage girl and offered to pay her for sex. Mark Jerome Anderson (6/23/60) was formally charged with
prostitution of a known juvenile, a felony.
The Sheriff’s Office
and Dayton Police began investigating the case when authorities learned that a
man had been “sexting” with the victim. Anderson had met the victim in an
online chatroom and then they began exchanging text messages.
Anderson and the victim discussed their ages and details of where to meet each
other in person. Anderson offered to pick up the victim from school and pay for
sex. The meeting did not take place.
Sheriff's Office is reminding parents and caregivers to talk with
children and teens about safe social media use and check on their social
share personal information online (name, address, telephone number, school
name, parents’ names) or your friends’ personal information.
share your Internet passwords, except with your parents.
meet face-to-face with people who you met online.
to your parents about what you do online.