Checking out your children: Pedophiles log on with libraries’ unwitting help

One From The Boston Herald says the average parent accustomed to seeing libraries as safe havens for children the arrest of a a sex offender underscored a chilling new reality.

“Computers are being used all the time to lure children,” said Gail Marcinkiewicz, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office. “The reason predators use the library is so that what they’re doing can’t be traced back to their computers at home.”

Although there is no way of estimating how often pedophiles use library computers to contact children, a report published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that at least one in five youngsters had been sexually solicited or approached via the Internet within the past year.