On Monday an Amber Alert was issued for a 12-year old girl from Cartaret County, North Carolina. According to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, she was last seen by her father at home on Sunday at approximately 10 p.m. When he awoke Monday morning at approximately 6:25, he noticed that she was missing.
Felony warrants were issued for Timothy Newman. I assume after viewing cell phone activity, law enforcement determined that he had been communicating with the female child. Newman’s roommate also confirmed that they had been texting each other for several weeks – every night. As it turns out, Timothy Howard Newman was also known to the family. He lived across the street from the girl’s grandmother. And for the bonus round, he is also a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2004 of two counts of Sexual Offense with Certain Victims. He was incarcerated for two years and served three years of probation. The girl’s father stated he had no idea that this man would run off with his daughter. Color me stupid, but uh…he’s a sex offender! That means they cannot EVER be trusted around children. EVER.
Newman and the child were found tonight in south Florida. I cannot stress enough that parent’s need to know what their children are doing at ALL times when it involves use of the internet and texting. You pay the bills and it is just too easy for predators to have contact with children online if you aren’t hyper-vigilant – and in this case – it happened right under the father’s nose. There are several programs available to install on the cell phone to view incoming and outgoing texts. I know we have a few techies on here who could probably recommend some good monitoring programs.
I’m just glad this child was found safe and will return to her family.by