A 24-year-old man from Albany, New York was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for raping four of the hundreds of teenage girls he met on Facebook.
David Bradt pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old and a16-year-old in his home last year. According to the Times Union, he used Facebook to meet more than 700 girls, mostly between the ages of 15 and 20.
Apparently, Brandt’s profile photo appealed to the young girls. He had a tattooed bare chest and his underwear showed above his low-slung jeans. He would send a friend request to one teenage girl, and and then send requests to all of her friends, and so on.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares allegedly told reporters Bradt targeted high-school cliques and exploited them: “He was basically using those girls as leads, like you would in a business. That’s how he was venturing into these other networks and was able to identify and find all of his prey.”
Braddt was caught when the mother of a 16-year-old became concerned over an unusual text message her daughter received from him. This message led the police to Bradt.
Investigators found Bradt’s computer displaying MapQuest results to another home where he was allegedly planning to meet yet another underage girl, according to the article.
This isn’t the first time a rapist met his victim on Facebook, which suggests that young women need to exercise more caution about accepting friend requests from strange men online. Of course, that advice applies to all websites where people can make new contacts.
Readers, what do you think about the potential for would-be rapists to find victims on Facebook — how can the community help police this better?
Photo courtesy of the Times Union