April 11, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Internet Safety Tips Offered Following Arrest Of Suspect For Lewd Battery On 2 Teenagers
Following the recent
arrest of a 41-year-old Lake Hamilton man for committing lewd acts on two
teenage female victims he contacted on-line, the Polk County Sheriff's
Office Computer Crimes Unit is offering Internet safety tips for parents.
Ronald Davis, Jr., DOB 3/10/61, of 104 Gordon
Drive in Lake Hamilton, was arrested late Tuesday (Apr. 9, 2002), and
charged with a total of 44 counts of lewd battery and lewd molestation
against two 14-year-old female victims. According to detectives, Davis
contacted the victims on-line and arranged to meet them. He struck up an
on-going relationship with them during which he committed lewd battery and
lewd molestation against the victims numerous times. Davis was arrested
and booked into the Polk County Jail on no bond. The investigation is
The internet has opened a world of information for anyone with a computer
and a connection. Our children stand to benefit greatly from this
extraordinary resource tool. But, just as you wouldn't send your
child near a busy road without some safety rules, you shouldn't send them
on to the information super highway without the rules of the road. The
Polk County Sheriff's Office offers the following Internet safety tips
that all parents should follow:
Keep the computer - including laptops - in a family
room rather than a child's bedroom.
Establish a password for the computer to prevent children from being
online without your knowledge.
Instruct children to never give out personal information on the computer,
such as their name, address, and phone number.
Consult a computer dealer regarding the use of blocking software.
Tell children not to respond to any messages that make them feel
uncomfortable and to notify you immediately.
Tell children to never agree to meet face to face with someone they've met
Make going online a "family" activity.
For more information about internet safety, please contact the
Services Section at 863-534-0980, or the Computer Crimes Unit at 297-3101.