ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thirteen-year-old Alicia was your average girl next door when she befriended another adolescent, Christine, online.
Over time, the two became fast friends. They shared dreams, desires, secrets, likes and dislikes, and, eventually, photos. But when they finally got around to meeting in person, Alicia found herself shocked beyond belief. In her words, “Christine was really a middle-aged pervert named Scott.”
Scott Tyree abducted the child. Then began an evil, vicious, ongoing process of torture, rape, terror and death threats if she didn’t comply with his base desires.
Alicia’s true story was one of several examples of cyber crime that two representatives of the state Attorney General’s Office relayed to a small and almost horrified audience Thursday evening at the Domenici Center Auditorium on the University of New Mexico’s North Campus.
Zack Freeman and Lois Kinch were there to let parents know the scope of potential Internet hazards when kids are involved, and what they, as adults, can and should do to protect their children.