http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news...world-warcraftThe internet has become a beast, providing information with the push of a button. The down side - that technology connects alleged predators with the pray.
Harris County investigators say Lauri Ann Price thought she had found a loophole around the law of consensual sex in Texas.
Investigators say the Cy Fair ISD substitute teacher and mother 'of four children' flew to Canada.
Her goal was to allegedly have sex with a 16-year-old boy. In Canada, the age of consent is 16. There Price wouldn't be accused of a crime.
"When she traveled to Canada, she actually took the boy from his home and they had a large statewide manhunt in Canada,” Harris County Prosecutor Eric Devlin says. “The child was missing for about 36 hours."
Police say Price and the 16-year-old were found in a bed and breakfast. The 16-year-old was taken home.
Price came back to Harris County where she was booked into jail.
"If she does make bond she can't have any contact with her children or any child under the age of 17," Devlin says.
Because the age of consent in Canada is 16-- Price is not being charged with physical contact.
However, she allegedly pursued the relationship in Texas, so she can be charged here with online solicitation of a minor.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/6800582.htmlInvestigators said they believe Price struck up a relationship with teenager about two years ago while playing the World of Warcraft online fantasy game.
“The (online) chats they have are incredibly sexually explicit,” Devlin said. “She talks about all the big things she's going to do to him sexually.”
Canadian investigators said Price apparently flew to Canada from Houston on Dec. 29 and rented a car in Toronto. She then drove to Barrie and picked up the teenager at his home.
“She helped him to formulate the plan to run away,” Devlin said. “She provided him with the wording for a note to leave his mother.”
The teenager's mother, however, contacted the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Price also flew to Canada last year in a bid to convince the teenager to run away with her, officials said.
His parents took away the computer in an attempt to end the on-line relationship, Devlin said.
“She's been warned before (by the teenager's parents) not to have contact with him — that he's too young,” Devlin said.
Devlin said federal immigration officials notified them when Price left Canada. Investigators were waiting for her about 12:30 a.m. when her Air Canada flight arrived in Houston.
“She was arrested on the plane,” Devlin said.
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/...-with-woman-42A 16-year-old romantic, looking for comfort and kinship online, meets an older woman who shares his love of role-playing video games.
He doesn't fit in at school, she's disenchanted with her marriage.
They connect through World of Warcraft, in the fantasy world of Azeroth.
For the next year, as their Internet courtship goes on, he's looking for a simpatico soulmate; she's looking for, what? Escape?
Their role-playing romances blur into reality when the woman flies across the continent to meet the boy, who, both enthralled and defiant, disobeys his parents and runs off with his elder admirer for a romantic rendezvous.
On one hand, it's the stuff of schoolboy fantasy.
But for the family of Andrew Kane, the Barrie teen who ran away on a two-day sojourn with a 42-year-old Texas woman, it was a living nightmare.
"I don't know how to explain it to you, but perhaps this will show you not only the commitment we have to each other, but also that your fears of her are ill-found," Andrew wrote to his mother in a letter left behind in the boy's bedroom.
Kane, a stay-at-home mom who, at 43, is a year older than the woman with whom her son was linked, sounded exhausted and desperate Thursday afternoon, a few hours before Andrew was found.
She said she became aware of the online relationship in September 2008 after reading chat logs.
"We've talked to Andrew about it many, many times and discussed the dangers of Internet relationships," she said. "We got him into counselling, but he said she was his soulmate."
Kane said she and her husband, Gerard, did everything they could to discourage the relationship, but nothing worked.
Tuesday evening, around 5 p.m., Kane said Andrew asked her and his father to drive him to Midland – about 55 kilometres north of Barrie – to meet Price, who he said had travelled from Houston to see him.
"He didn't try to hide it at all," his mother said, adding she kept open lines of communication with him.
It's not a crime for a 16-year-old to have a relationship with a 42-year-old, "but the circumstances are certainly unsavoury, at least from a moral standpoint," said Sgt. Robert Allan, of the Barrie Police.
Price apparently has a history of online relationships.
Brian Stewart, of New York, said he had an online relationship with her over the same Warcraft game in 2008, but never met her in person.
"She was very sexual, emotional and `clingy' during our months of in-game contact," Stewart wrote in an email to the Star.
I kinda wonder what about the boy in all this. Was it a great adventure or was he freaked out after it all.