La Vista Police traveled to North Platte Tuesday to arrest 35-year-old James Handsaker, who struck up an online relationship with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, asking for sex. Instead it was a police officer.
Handsaker was online with Det. Ben Iversen as authorities knocked on his door in North Platte. "Our profile girl was supposed to have a Webcam today,” said Det. Iversen. “Her parents were buying her a Webcam so he was going to take work off today to see this Webcam."
The new law allows for greater penalties for online enticement. La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten said strengthening the law made it easier to investigate the crime.
"In the past, the suspect has usually shown up for a meet. Here, once the crime has been committed, the suspect does not have to show up and be right there coming to meet a child. By doing these things over the Internet, again whichever end of the line you're on, wherever the crime is being committed in either place."
Officers also seized the suspect's computer and will scan it for evidence.
Changes to Nebraska's law concerning child enticement helped make it easier to arrest this suspect. State senators brought the law up to speed to keep up with modern technology.
The new law also makes it easier to prosecute suspects who use cell phones, PDAs and other mobile electronic devices to draw children into sexual liaisons.
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