The Internet has a distinction perhaps of being what authorities call the epitome of the "21st-century crime scene." That is particularly true when it comes to instances of alleged predatory sexual behavior toward juveniles. So much can happen behind the shield of the electronic curtain.
According to law enforcement, this kind of activity has for years involved possible predators trolling for young victims in the broad pool of the Internet. But officials say that more recently, offenders have taken a more focused approach, using the environment of online gaming to hunt, remaining anonymous behind fake names or online identities known as "gamertags."