Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, November 09, 2007

11-09-07 Internet Enticement Arrest

11-09-07 Internet Enticement Arrest

Boise November 9th, 2007- Yesterday on November 8th, officers took a Boise man into custody for internet enticement. The arrest is the result of an investigation that began thursday morning with internet messaging on the web site Myspace. Officers representing themselves as a 14 year old girl where solicited by the suspect to meet for sexual contact later that day. 

Officers posing as the young girl arranged to meet the man later identified as Theodore E Musgrove at the corner of overland and curtis around 5:30 PM. When the suspect arrived he was identified and taken into custody.

Arrested: Theodore E Musgrove of Boise, 23 years of age

Charge: Internet Enticement, a felony

Below are several important “tips” for parents to help safeguard your children:

- Get informed about computers and the Internet. Let your children show you what they can do online, and visit their favorite sites.

- Keep the computer in an open, common area of your home. Be aware of any other computers your child may be using.

- Always read a web site's privacy policy before giving any personal information. Also make sure that a web site offers a secure connection before giving credit-card information. Talk to children about what personal information is and why you should never give it to people online.

- If your children use chat or E-mail, talk to them about never meeting in person with anyone they first "met" online. Know who your children are exchanging E-mail with, and only let them use chat areas when you can supervise.

- Talk to your children about not responding to offensive or dangerous E-mail, chat, or other communications. Report any such communication to local law enforcement. Do not delete the offensive or dangerous E-mail; turn off the monitor, and contact local law enforcement.

- Clear, simple, easy-to-read house rules should be posted on or near the computer. The rules should include the time of day that children may be online, the length of time they may be online, whom they may communicate with while online, and appropriate areas for them to visit while online.

- Look into safeguarding programs or options your online service provider might offer. These may include monitoring or filtering capabilities.

- Internet accounts should be in the parent's name with parents having the primary screenname, controlling passwords, and using blocking and/or filtering devices. Children should not complete a profile for a service provider and children's screennames should be nondescript so as not to identify that the user is a child.

- If you suspect online "stalking" or sexual exploitation of a child, report it to your local law-enforcement agency. You may also report online via the CyberTipline® at www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has a system for identifying online predators and child pornographers and contributing to law-enforcement investigations. Leads forwarded to the site will be acknowledged and shared with the appropriate law-enforcement agency for investigation.

Anyone with further information on this case is urged to call crime stoppers at 343-COPS.

Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information