If you are a woman and you use social-networking site Moco Space, you may want to slow your roll. In less than four months, three women have been raped after chatting on the website and then meeting up with their new acquaintances, according to MyFoxDetroit.
On Mettetal St., two women met up with men they met on Moco Space months apart only to have a weapon pulled on them and then be sexually assaulted.
At first, it appeared that authorities had bagged the criminal once they locked up Terrell Lewis (pictured), who was charged with criminal sexual conduct and armed robbery. But surprisingly, another women was a assaulted after meeting a man at a local bar days later. One Detroit resident says women shouldn’t meet with unknown men in remote places:
“Individuals are meeting people on a social networking site, they should meet someplace that’s more of a public forum, maybe the mall, maybe a restaurant, something like that [where there are] going to be a lot of people. To meet at a house and you just met over the internet to me is a … lot dangerous, obviously, for these young ladies,” said Keith Lenton.
While this sexual assault through Moco Space may seem like a local issue, a 20-year-old man was busted for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old through the website in San Diego back in 2010. 10 News reports:
Sheriff’s detectives said Jose Adrian Cano met the 15-year-old girl online through the website, Mocospace, which is also a popular phone application. During a press conference Wednesday, detectives said the two corresponded for about a month. Det. Pete Carrillo said Cano allegedly picked the girl up from school, had sex with her and dropped her off last Friday.
Cano was reportedly arrested while he was on his way to meet yet another girl he met on the website.
Detroit authorities are asking anyone who has been assaulted to to call the Detroit Police Sex Crimes unit at (313) 596-1950; or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP (773-2587). Anonymous tips can also be given online at www.1800speakup.org; or via text at 74637.