Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Girl, 14, sues MySpace.com over alleged sexual assault

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A 14-year-old girl from Austin, Texas, filed suit against the social networking site MySpace.com, claiming it does not take sufficient steps to protect underage members, Fox News reported.

The girl claims she was sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old man she met on the site. The suit alleges that he lied in his profile about being a senior on a football team to gain her trust and phone number.

Pete Solis was arrested in May on a charge of sexual assault of a child.

The suit alleges that MySpace.com has "absolutely no meaningful protections or security measures to protect underage users."

"[MySpace] has got to take this seriously," said attorney Carl Barry, who is representing the girl and her mother. The suit seeks $30 million.

Fine. If there was a crime, prosecute it. Fourteen-year-old girls don't need to be having sex with anyone, certainly not with 19-year-year old guys.

But to blame MySpace.com is ludicrous. She knew what she was doing when she met — first online and then in person — Pete Solis.

If the question is, are 14-year-olds not mature enough to make certain decisions, then keep them offline. Or off MySpace.com.

But to hold MySpace.com responsible for her alleged sexual assault is insane. Why not equally hold the telecommunications company who brought MySpace.com into her home responsible? Or the computer manufacturer? Or Bill Gates for the operating system? Oh, hell, just sue Al Gore for inventing the damn Internet.

Sue her parents. Yeah. MySpace.com should countersue her parents for providing MySpace with irresponsible users.

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