He moved over to his bed, a twin with a sturdy, wooden frame, and lay down on the crumpled blue and white cloud-print sheet. Directly across from the foot of the bed was a bookshelf housing an impressive collection of horror novels.Atop the shelf sat several chess and baseball trophies whose silver sheen had been dulled by dust, and he stared up at them as he tried to process what he had just seen.If you fall into this category, be especially wary of people that you meet through dating websites.
He is so persistent that I'm tempted to come clean and tell him that I'm mortgaged to the hilt, live on my overdraft and any clothes I might buy him are more likely to come from Primark than Prada.
Ricardo is one of scores of young men who contacted me when I joined a website which caters for wealthy men and women looking to flash their cash in mutually beneficial arrangements with younger members of the opposite sex, otherwise known as 'sugar babies'.
He texts me several times a day to tell me that I am gorgeous - my skin is like porcelain, my eyes are like deep pools and my hair is like golden sand.
He wants to spend Christmas with me, so that he can make me feel 'delicious all over'.
It wasn’t like anything he’d witnessed in the two years he’d been viewing child pornography.
Until now everything he’d seen seemed to suggest that the kids liked it, but this toddler was clearly in pain.
There was now a constant stream of files whose names included acronyms such as PTHC, or pre-teen hardcore.
The boy in this video was fair-haired and looked to be about one and a half, his small, naked body tied up to restrict movement.
We went off together and two pints turned into about 18. I was not very interested in what she was doing because she was stunning looking. "Then I got a message video call coming through and I just hung up, She kept ringing, ringing and ringing. "Then I answered a (video) call and as I was looking at phone I said 'what the hell is going on here'. "She started going to town on herself if you get me and I was 'right okay'. Next thing she just stopped and the camera went off." A short time later, the young man received a lengthy social media message which he interpreted as very threatening.
"She was saying 'do not end this call, you are under great threat and all this kind of stuff.' She played a video of me watching her and said I will release this video to all your family members and the people of Cork," he said.
Again, both men and women can and have fallen victim to online dating scammers, but women tend to be targeted more aggressively.