A Henderson man was arrested on Feb. 1 for sexually assaulting a teenage girl. According to officers, 38-year-old Mario Alston met the 13-year-old whose name wasn’t released online in January 2017.
Henderson Police said the Alston and the teen continued to talk to each other using the instant message using the Kik Messenger app. Detectives said the teen gave Alston her address so that the two could meet, but when he arrived at her home, he sexually assaulted her.
According to the Alston’s arrest report, the teen was soliciting herself on Craigslist.
On Feb. 1, Henderson Police went to Alston’s home and arrested him for the alleged crime. He was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on two counts of sexual
assault on a child under 14.
Henderson Police it’s important that parents and teens be aware of the dangers of meeting strangers online. They’re as followed:
- Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be sexual. Don’t engage in this type of conversation because you could end up being the target of a predator.
- The only way someone can physically harm you is if you’re in the same location. If you choose to get together with someone you “met” online, go with a friend or group of friends.
With the many types of applications available to teens, it’s extremely important that parents remain aware of the dangers associated with these applications, and maintain positive and open communication about these dangers with their children.