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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • New Cambria man arrested for enticement

  • A New Cambria man was arrested for enticement of a child via Facebook. Read about it here.
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  • On Monday, November 25, 2013, Kirksville Police were informed of a male identified as, 28 year old Mark Alan Stephenson of New Cambria (Missouri), that was attempting to entice minor children via Facebook. Police, posing as a local 13 year old female, were able to establish contact with Stephenson on Facebook.
    During the online conversation with Mark Alan Stephenson, he made statements about various sex acts to the 13 year old and furnished a pornographic photo to her. On 12/04/13, Stephenson advised the 13 year old he was in Kirksville and wanted to meet with the 13 year old, including coming to her home while her mother was out of the home. Police then established surveillance on the area in which Stephenson advised he was waiting for the 13 year old and later took Stephenson into custody. Mark Alan Stephenson is currently being held at the Adair County Detention Facility with criminal charges pending. This incident was investigated by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit of the Kirksville Police Department.
    Kirksville is not immune to incidents like this and with the continual evolution of the internet and social media it is making it easier for predators contact children. The Kirksville Police Department offers the following tips regarding your child’s safety on the internet:
    • Know what your child is doing online and where they are doing it.• Talk to your child about potential online dangers.
    • Consider using filtering or monitoring software for your computer.
    • Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) about their filtering capabilities.
    • Teach your child to never give out personal information online.
    • Tell your child to never meet with anyone they meet online unless you are present.
    • Keep the computer out of your child's bedroom and in a central location.
    Report any online incidents to your local police department or sheriff's office. If anyone believes that they may have information that would help investigators they can contact the Kirksville Police Department, 660-785-6945, 660-627-BUST (anonymous tip line) or police@kirskvillecity.com.
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