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Police capture Internet predator

February 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Police have captured a man accused of illegal conduct with a teenage boy who he met on Craig's List.You can find about anything on Craig's List and that is where police say a 48-year-old man found a 15-year-old boy.

"The man drove all the way from Camarillo to East Los Angeles. He picked the boy up, not at his house, in the block of where he lived, we think. He took him to the Bonaventure and got a hotel room there," said Lt. Paul Vernon, LAPD.

Police arrested Richard Willrodt at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel Saturday night after the teen was found passed out in his room. Hotel security was called to the room after hotel guests complained about noise.

Willrodt is an accountant from Camarillo. He is now facing charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. Police fear that this may not be the first time he has done this.

"You know there is also the possibility of that, so that is why we are releasing his photograph. If anyone has had prior contact in concern with that we would like them to bring it to our attention here at Central Station," said Lt. Vernon.

The case is also another reminder of how dangerous the Internet can be, even on a site like Craig's List.

"This is another instance of a good reminder to parents that you've got to stay on top of what your kids are doing. Watch how much time they are spending on the Internet and what they are doing while they are on the internet," said Lt. Vernon.

Anyone with information should call authorities at (877) 529-3855.

 

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