Just what America needs: FBI predators surfing the net for kids...
What better way to not get caught than to investigate the crime yourself.
Originally Posted - November 10, 2006
DENVER---The former spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department who was also a former FOX-TV 11 reporter has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two felony counts of "abusive sexual contact" as the result of an incident which alleged occurred in a cruise ship sauna. Roderick "Rod" Bernsen, 58, had been arrested on Oct. 7 after two 12-year-old boys told the FBI in a sworn affidavit that Bernsen had tried to talk with them about sex while he was naked in the sauna and then touched one boy's penis with his toe and spanked another boy on his bare buttocks. If convicted, the former cop could face up to two years in federal prison on each count. Bernsen, a retired LAPD sergeant and cousin of "L.A. Law" star Corbin Bernsen, now lives in Colorado. He remains free on an $850,000 bond which had been posted following his arrest when the cruise ship the Diamond Princess docked following a weeklong cruise to Mexico from Long Beach, Ca. Bernsen had left FOX-11 in 2004 after working as the KTTV's law enforcement specialist. 11-10-06
By Nolan ClayStaff Writer
The interviews, in Oklahoma City, concerned matters involving former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, attorney Stephen Jones said.
"They are very thorough in their approach," Jones said of the agents for both agencies.
Foley, a Florida Republican, resigned Sept. 29 after he was confronted by ABC News about lurid Internet messages he allegedly sent teenage, male former pages. The scandal hurt Republicans, who lost control of Congress to Democrats in last week's election.
Foley, 52, has admitted through an attorney that he sent inappropriate messages but said he never had sex with a minor. The FBI and Florida Law Enforcement Department have been checking into Foley's actions.
Edmund first met with FBI agents for more than two hours Oct. 10 — an appearance that received national press attention. MSNBC carried live his arrival for the meeting.
The second and third FBI interviews "were each at least an hour," Jones said. The last meeting with the FBI was two weeks ago, Jones said.
The meeting with three agents of the Florida Law Enforcement Department "was certainly an hour," Jones said.
Edmund has not yet appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly known as the House ethics committee, but committee officials "continue to remain in touch with us," Jones said.
Edmund remains in the Oklahoma City area, his attorney said. Edmund attended an election-night Republican watch party at an Oklahoma City hotel last week. He was seen shaking Istook's hand and hugging Istook's wife after Istook conceded.
Using a computer for sex chats can result in criminal charges.
A Turkish man, for example, was charged in October after a sting investigation by the Florida Law Enforcement Department. The man was charged with one count of using a computer to solicit a child for an illegal sex act and two counts of transmission of harmful material to minors, officials in Florida said.
Students discuss Internet safety with FBI agent
GOSHEN — Goshen Intermediate School students were recently paid a visit by FBI Agent Elvin Quinones (pictured above), who led an in-depth discussion on Internet safety as a part of our students’ health curriculum on personal safety. Agent Quinones works at the Goshen office of the FBI and spends much of his time investigating Internet-related crimes.Agent Quinones discussed dangerous situations that can arise when young people are using the Internet. Two particularly important ideas that he shared were to avoid posting personal photos or information on the Internet and also to avoid communicating with strangers online.
Besides studying Internet safety, students are also working on telephone safety, safety when home alone, and safety in public places.
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