Thursday, March 12, 2020

Port Orchard Man Sentenced for Trying to have Sex with 8-Year-Old

A Port Orchard man accused of traveling in 2019 to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to be filmed having sex with a girl was sentenced last week to 17 ½ years in federal prison. Mark Douglas Gould, 50, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to a count of knowingly using a facility or means of interstate commerce in an attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.  Police reports say Gould believed the girl was 9 years old; a media release on the case said the girl was 8. (KitsapSun, 3/12/2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

US Senate Bill to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

To protect children from online sexual exploitation, we have to hold Big Tech accountable. Tell Congress to take action!

A bill introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) — aims to ensure that tech companies are using best business practices to prevent child exploitation online. It would establish a commission to study the problem and propose laws. Please follow the link and ask your senator to back the bill.