Here's another example of someone who thought they could get away with illegal behavior on the Internet. Some people still do not understand that they can be identified and located from just an email account or message board posting.
I guess that's what keeps us in business.
Ex-Gossip Editor Convicted on Sex Charge
Former Us Weekly gossip columnist Timothy McDarrah,
arrested in New York last year by undercover federal agents, has been
found guilty of charges related to soliciting sex with a minor.
McDarrah, a former reporter at the Las
Vegas Sun, was arrested after being charged with trying to seduce an
undercover federal agent posing on the Internet as a 13-year-old girl.
was charged with one count of using a computer and the Internet "to
attempt to entice, induce, coerce and persuade a minor to engage in
sexual activity," according to an indictment handed up in November He
was convicted Dec. 20 after an eight-day jury trial in New York, and
faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, according to court
McDarrah, 44, responded in June 2005 to a posting on the craigslist.com
Web site offering introductions to the "freshest, youngest" girls in
New York, an FBI affidavit said. The gossip writer told an undercover
FBI agent, who had posted the advertisement to lure pedophiles, that he
would pay $200 for sex with a 13-year-old girl, the affidavit said.
After his arrest, McDarrah was suspended without pay from his post as the editor of Us Weekly's "Hot Stuff" column. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as a gossip columnist at the Las Vegas Sun.