Law enforcement agencies have learned that the most effective use of their investigative resources is to focus on the locations where the crimes are being committed.The Internet is the newest location where adults who are intent on exploiting children can easily find victims to prey upon.When all of the participants are adults, the use of a chat room to exchange sexually explicit messages or to arrange meetings is usually not illegal, but problems arise when one of the chat room participants is a minor.A minor under the Texas Penal Code is anyone under 17 years of age.Law enforcement agencies know that chat rooms have become more than merely cyber meeting places for social interaction or to find out how to repair a faucet.Cybersex has become a popular activity in many chat rooms.Cyber sex is fantasizing about that which is immoral and impure.
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In reality, though, the issue of online cheating is more complex—especially when it concerns sexual activities involving actual interaction with other individuals.
People, consciously or not, consider their online sexual relationships as real—they experience psychological states similar to those typically elicited by offline relationships.