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    FL - US nabs Australia-bound pedophile suspect

    US nabs Qld-bound paedophile suspect


    18:00 AEST Tue Aug 9 2005
    AAP
    An American man has been arrested in a police sting before flying to Australia to allegedly sexually abuse children.

    Harold Lynn Winslow, 55, was taken into custody by US customs and immigration officials at Florida's Tampa International Airport on Saturday.

    Winslow's arrest was the culmination of a three-month sting in internet chatrooms by Queensland Police's child safety bureau Taskforce Argos, working in conjunction with US authorities.

    The resident of Bradenton, Florida, apparently believed he was talking to an Australian grandfather who had been arrested for having sex with his grandchildren.

    Instead he was talking to an undercover cop.

    "I like the seven to 10s myself, and would really like to have a 10-year-old," Winslow said during one explicit internet chat.

    <SCRIPT language=javascript type=text/javascript>spac_writeAd('/SITE=NEWS/AREA=NATIONAL/LOC=TOP/AAMSZ=MEDIUM')</SCRIPT><NOSCRIPT></NOSCRIPT>The undercover cop then promised the American access to a seven-year-old on a private property in Queensland.

    "I am so excited by the prospect I can barely contain my enthusiasm," Winslow replied.

    At the time of his arrest, Winslow had been attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles for a connecting flight to Brisbane.

    He was charged under US law for attempting to travel internationally to engage in sexual conduct with a person believed to be a minor - an offence which carries a 30-year jail term.

    Taskforce Argos Detective Senior Sergeant John Rouse said the US authorities were known to actively patrol internet chatrooms in the United States.

    "Without drawing assumptions, it may be possible the offender thought Australia was possibly a soft target," he said.

    Inspector Peter Crawford said the case proved some paedophiles were prepared to travel anywhere for child sex.

    He said to his knowledge this was the first case where an offender had actually tried to board an international flight to come to Queensland for child sex.

    "But in the past couple of years here in Queensland we've arrested in excess of 70 people who have been prepared to travel (interstate) and engage in sexual activity with children," Insp Crawford said.

    "In the past six months there's been four cases where children have actually been offended against by offenders they have met on the internet."

    Insp Crawford said the case highlighted the need for parents to supervise their children's usage of the internet and ensure they never arranged to meet people they had met over the internet.



    ©AAP 2005

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    "I like the seven to 10s myself, and would really like to have a 10-year-old," Winslow said during one explicit internet chat.

    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">spac_writeAd('/SITE=NEWS/AREA=NATIONAL/LOC=TOP/AAMSZ=MEDIUM')</script> <noscript></noscript> The undercover cop then promised the American access to a seven-year-old on a private property in Queensland.

    "I am so excited by the prospect I can barely contain my enthusiasm," Winslow replied.


    He was charged under US law for attempting to travel internationally to engage in sexual conduct with a person believed to be a minor - an offence which carries a 30-year jail term.
    30 years - I hope that is the MINIMUM - I hope he doesn't get a slap on the wrist.

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    The lengths to which these guys are willing to go to get a child, is just an indication of how serious a problem this is. If he was willing to travel to Austrailia to get to a child, what else is he prepared to do to get one.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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