Barrington police are investigating a recent incident where a man reportedly sent pictures of himself naked to a 12-year-old Barrington girl.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the victim and her mother stopped at the station on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to file a complaint. The woman told a detective that her daughter opened a Facebook account two years ago and had been accepting all “friend requests” sent to her.
Recently, someone — police are still working to identify the suspect — sent the girl four images of himself naked. The victim’s mother quickly moved to “block” the person who sent the pictures from continued communications with her daughter.
Now police have started the task of tracking down the suspect. Chief LaCross said the process was made a bit more difficult when the individual was blocked; the images were eliminated from the girl’s Facebook account.
The chief added that parents must keep a close eye on their children’s online activities.
“It’s up to the parents to be monitoring this,” he said. “This girl has had the account for two years. She was friending anyone who requested it.”
Chief LaCross said parents are welcome to call the police department detectives to receive advice about online issues or report inappropriate activity on the Web. The detectives can be reached at 437-3937.