CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A rape prosecution in the central Wyoming
city of Casper illustrates that middle America isn't immune to the dangers of Internet anonymity and predators who target victims through online ads that hint at sex and prostitution.
Two men are accused in the crime. One is charged with carrying out the rape itself in December. The other, the woman's ex-boyfriend, stands accused of posing as the victim online and claiming she harbored a rape fantasy and wanted to be assaulted.
Natrona County District Attorney Mike Blonigen says it's
difficult for law enforcement to crack down on Internet crime. He says it's fairly easy for people to set up false identities in cyberspace.