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Rape charges for Md. man who met teens

A registered sex offender used a social networking Web site to lure four young girls to an Annapolis home this week, and then raped one of them, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police say James Mason III, 28, struck up a conversation with a young girl on MySpace about a month ago.

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Mason. (Courtesy Anne Arundel Police)

Late Wednesday, police say, he drove to the Dundalk area of Baltimore County, picked up the girl along with three others, all between ages 13 and 15, and drove them to the residence on St. Margarets Drive. The home belonged to an acquaintance, police said.

Mason offered the girls alcohol, police said, and at some point drove one of the girls, age 13, to a store to buy food. While parked outside, police said, the pair had sex in the car. The sex acts were repeated when they got back to the home, police said.

Police were alerted to the incident when one of the girls grew uneasy during the night and sent text messages to a family member. The relative called police, who responded to the home about 3:30 a.m. and arrested Mason.

Mason was charged with second degree rape and related charges. He is being held on $950,000 bond. Details of Mason’s earlier offense weren’t immediately available.

-- Mike McPhate

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 9, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Sex Crimes  
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MySpace? this guy is old school.

And didn't MySpace claim a couple years ago that they had purged registered sex offenders from their website/social network?

Although the girls used poor judgement in getting in this guys car, at least one had the common sense to call/text her parents.
All kids should be reminded that even if you make a mistake, or put yourself in a situation your parents have warned you against doing, you can still call them no matter what if you need help.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All kids should be reminded that even if you make a mistake, or put yourself in a situation your parents have warned you against doing, you can still call them no matter what if you need help.
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Excellent advice.

I'm glad WaPo put up a pic of this criminal.

Posted by: Redial1 | July 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why are these girls so damn STUPID.
WHY get into a car and go to a house of someone you don't know.If they were all so young,why did their parents let them sleep at a house of someone THEY didn't know.
These parents are as much to blame as the crim.
I know where my kids are and who they are with.ALL THE TIME because they tell me and they have no need to lie.

Posted by: captgrumpy | July 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

This is why chatrooms are not a good idea! I will never go to one again. Its hard to tell who is a pervert and who isn't. Someone could always act like their kids, when in reality, their adults. Chatrooms should only be for adults. MySpace is full of perverts and child molesters, so we (Adults) need to keep the kids from going there and lying about their ages. Its those kind of kids that want an adult to get into trouble. Its the kids that will call out rape, when its consentual. There is no such thing as consentual sex for kids.

Posted by: Cherokee316 | July 10, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

And where exactly were said parents and why weren't they concerned....

"Late Wednesday, police say, he drove to the Dundalk area of Baltimore County, picked up the girl along with three others, all between ages 13 and 15, and drove them to the residence on St. Margarets Drive. The home belonged to an acquaintance, police said."

How late Wednesday? Where were they at when he picked them up? I know kids can be sneaky but, who in their right mind did not know that these young girls were missing? I am sure they told their parents they would be at someone's house but when I was that age I still had to be in when the street lights came on! And there was definitely no spending the night over a friends house! People are crazy they let their kids have too much damn freedom and wonder why they run amuck! Some one has got to put their foot down! I would have never had the gull to do such a thing at that age I was terrified of just what they went through! SMH, now the parents are at home trying to determine what to do with there barely teenage daughters, because its obvious they are sexually active or at least intend on being so fairly soon. And whomever house they have been picked up from would have a lot of explaining to do! I would want to know where and what the H3ll you were doing when my underage child walked out your door and did not return?!

Posted by: nhazel826 | July 10, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I really don't think that we should be blaming the parents for this situation. I have a 13yr old daughter who just recently did the same thing, we being the too trusting parents (that we were) believed our daughter when she told us she was going to bed, but then snuck out of our home to meet a 22yr old man that she met on myspace, got into the car with him and went to his house. Thank goodness nothing happen to her and yes I do know this for a fact because we did get her checked out by a doctor.

Posted by: 1concernedparent | July 11, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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