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Warning to teens chatting online

Warning to teens chatting online

9:16am 9th March 2010

Why was Peter Chapman free to murder Ashleigh?

It's been revealed the 33 year old sex offender had already served 7 years in prison for raping 2 teenage prostitutes on Teesside.

He'd also been linked with 4 other sex offences from the age of 15.

Chapman met Ashleigh online - on Facebook - after he posed as a 19 year old boy.

Not only passing himself off as the 19 year old online, he then pretended to be his Dad to lure Ashleigh into his car before taking her to a field near
Sedgefield where he would later kill her.

After pleading guilty to her kidnap, rape and murder at Teesside Crown Court on Monday, Chapman's been setenced to life in prison and will serve at least 35 years.

But, this tragic case has also raised questions about how safe the internet
and social networking sites such as Facebook are.

Ashleigh's friends at Darlington college have already set up a list of rules
to help protect others from falling victim like the 17 year old childcare
student did....they're called Ashleigh's rules....

Ashleigh's Rules:

  • If ever meeting up with somebody who is alien to you or your friends make sure that you meet them in a group of at least two to three, in public and in a well-lit populated area;
  • Inform somebody of where you are going and what time you should be back; also the name of who you are meeting;
  • Don't accept anyone on social networking sites that yuo don't know;
  • Remember never trust anyone hwo you have met online - you don't know what they are capable of doing;
  • Never tell a stranger on network sites or chat rooms anything personal about yourself, such as where you live, or your date of birth;
  • Never meet anyone you don't know, simple as!
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Howard and Byrne Solicitors, York - Criminal Defence Specialists