Police have Spring Break Caution for Parents: Man Arrested for Lewd Conduct Targeted Teens
Boise, March, 2006 - Boise Police have charged a man with 3 counts of Lewd Conduct after allegations the man targeted young girls he met a popular teenage hangouts.
Detectives are concerned the suspect may have other victims in the Treasure Valley.
Boise Police say the case illustrates the need for parents to be cautious about where their kids are and who they're with as we enter Spring Break week.
Arrested: Christopher L. Dean, 24, Caldwell
Ada County Charges: 3 cts. Lewd Conduct with a Minor Under 16.
Dean is currently in the Canyon County Jail in 2 additional counts of Lewd Conduct related to this case.
Investigation: Boise Police began this investigation March 11th after a witness came forward with a tip about the crimes. Police investigation revealed three known victims, all females from Boise ages 14 and 15. The crimes occurred in Boise and Caldwell in February and March.
Background: Detectives believe Dean moved to the Treasure Valley approx. seven months ago. Detectives believe Dean would dress in Goth-like clothing and find young teens similarly dressed at popular teen hang outs. Detectives believe Dean would target young teen girls for sexual assault.
"We're very concerned other young victims may be out there," said Detective Angie Munson of the Boise Police Special Victims Unit. "We think this suspect found his victims through this subculture, gained their trust, then abused them. It was courageous of this witness to report this crime. We want any other possible victims to know it's OK to come forward."
"Parents can't know where their teens are all the time, " said Det. Munson. "But this case is a good reminder for parents to try to keep an open dialogue with their kids about where they are, what they're doing and who they're with."
Anyone with more information about this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
The following signs that parents should look for in children who may be victims of sexual abuse are provided by the National Center for Mission and Exploited Children:
- changes in behavior, extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness and excessive crying.
- bed-wetting, nightmares, fear of going to sleep or other sleep disturbances.
- acting out inappropriate sexual activity or an unusual interest in sexual matters.
- a sudden acting out of feelings or aggressive ore rebellious behavior.
- fear of certain places, people or activities, especially being alone with certain people because children of any age should not be forced to give affection to anyone they don't want to.
- be alert to signs that your children are trying to avoid someone, and listen carefully when you children tell you how they feel about someone.
- pain, itching, bleeding, fluid or rawness in the private areas.
If you observe any of these behaviors in your children, talk to them about the causes. Behavior changes such as these may be due to causes other than sexual exploitation, such as medical, family or school problems. But be sure to work with your child to get to the root of the problem. Also keep in mind that sometimes children do not always demonstrate obvious signs such as these but may do or say something that hints at the exploitation.
If an adult suspects child abuse, please notify police.