Registered sex offender arrested for luring MySpace teenager to meeting
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Virginia State Police said Mitchell was arrested outside of Winchester without incident at a gas station named "The Flying J Truck Stop."
Grady Judd, the Polk County Sheriff, said that Frank left her house in Bartow, Florida in the early hours Monday morning to meet Mitchell. The two went to Alabama before returning to DeFuniak Springs on the Florida Panhandle.
Sheriff Judd told CNN that Mitchell said he was 24, not 46.
Frank's father, Rodger, told CNN that he had no idea his daughter was communicating with Mitchell over the internet and he urged all parents to talk to their children about their online activity. "We have to watch [our children] harder. We don't know everything," he said. Sheriff Judd warned others who might be trying to take advantage of children, "We'll hunt you down like the felon and criminal you are. You keep your hands off our children."
Authorities say Mitchell has had 14 other arrests, ranging from burglary to lewd and lascivious conduct.
- CNN. "Police arrest registered sex offender suspected of luring teen online" — , October 6, 2007
- AP. "Sex Offender Arrested in Va." — , October 6, 2007
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