PTC arrests molestation suspect

by Wes Mayer



A Florida man suspected of multiple counts of child molestation was arrested in Peachtree City early this week, authorities said.

According to Lt. Mark Brown with the Peachtree City Police Department, Peachtree City patrol officers received information about a possible child molestation incident on Sunday. Officers were able to identify and set up a meeting in Peachtree City with the suspect, Joseph Lundstrom, 30, of Middleburg, Fla., and he was taken into custody Monday, according to Brown.

During the investigation, officers determined Lundstrom made contact with the victim, who is only 13 years old, through social media. The investigation found Lundstrom’s contacts with the victim were sexual in nature, and he was well aware of the victim’s age, according to Brown. It was also determined Lundstrom already traveled from Florida on at least two separate occasions to visit the victim in Peachtree City.

Lundstrom was charged with two counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, furnishing obscene materials to a child, computer exploitation of a child, loitering and prowling, driving on a suspended license and driving with an open container of alcohol, Brown said, adding the investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.

The Peachtree City Police Department shared a long list of tips warning parents how to tell if their children may be at risk online, and how to handle situations possibly involving a sexual predator.

According to the Peachtree City Police Department, a child may be at risk if he or she spends a large amount of time online at night, uses an online account belonging to someone else, pornography is found on their computer or if they seem to change to a different screen every time a parent walks into a room — computers may be kept in a common room where it is much easier to monitor children’s online activity. Other alerts may be a child receiving phone calls from unknown callers, making calls to unknown numbers, sometimes long-distance, or receiving mail or packages from unknown senders.

If a parent suspects their child is communicating with a sexual predator, the police department suggests talking openly about the dangers of computer-sex offenders, tell them to never give away personal information or send personal photos to an unknown person online, never download photos sent online from an unknown person and never meet face to face with someone they met online.

Parents should also learn ways to review, monitor or block their child’s online activity and electronic communications, and invest in caller identification services to determine who may be calling their child.

The department also said parents should contact law enforcement immediately if their child or anyone in the household has received child pornography, their child has been sexually solicited by someone who knows their child is under 18 years old or their child has received sexually explicit images from someone that knows they are under 18.

Parents should also understand that even if their child willingly participated in any act of sexual exploitation, their child is not at fault. According to the police department, the adult offender bears complete responsibility and the child is always the victim.

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