I'm in AP Story about Internet deception
22-year-old killed after being drawn into Internet deceptions
He was an 18-year-old Marine headed to war.
She was an attractive young woman sending him off from afar with pictures and lingerie.
Or so each one thought.
In reality, they were two middle-aged people carrying on an Internet fantasy based on seemingly harmless lies.
When a truthful 22-year-old was drawn in, their cyber escape turned deadly.
"When you're on the Internet talking, you haven't got a clue who that is on the other end," Erie County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Kenyon said. "You don't have a clue."
Montgomery's alleged actions "have impacted everyone else's lives around him for the rest of their lives," observed Internet crime expert J.A. Hitchcock, author of "Net Crimes & Misdemeanors."
"I'm hoping that this case will make people think twice about what they do online and what their actions can cause in the long run," she said.
The high school Barrett attended recently had a seminar to teach parents how to avoid Internet predators, Sarkovics said. "When you think about it, you almost have to do it for adults as well," he said. "It could be anybody."