Indiana sex crime charges over Xanga

Local man charged with Web sex crimes:

I’m not just picking on MySpace, I’m picking on Xanga too…

MUNCIE — A Muncie man used his computer to lure a 15-year-old North Dakota girl into posing nude for him and then published the photos on the Internet, according to police.

Police this week arrested Ronald R. Karas, 34, and found computer discs in his car that contained nude images of the teenager, according to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest.

Karas admitted to learning in December that the victim was 15, the document said.

He also allegedly admitted — during interrogations by Muncie police — to publishing nude photos of the girl on the Internet and directing her over the Internet to perform sexual acts.

Karas had been under investigation by Fargo, N.D., authorities since Dec. 22, and is charged in that state with using a minor in a sexual performance and luring minors by computer.

Karas met the 15-year-old on a weblog known as, according to Fargo police records.

The two apparently e-mailed each other and talked by phone but never met in person.

Again I ask, do you know what your kids are up to on the internet?

One thought on “Indiana sex crime charges over Xanga”

  1. I actually met this man in person. We had talked for about a month on MySpace. He seemed like a really cool guy and I wanted to meet him, but as I am a safety freak, I agreed only to meet him somewhere that was safe for me. We met at a friend of mine’s house and we all drank and had a good time. He was a bit sexually aggressive and that I did not appreciate but other than that he was a pretty cool guy. He stayed the night and (no nothing happened) left early the next morning with the promise of a phone call later that day or the next day.
    I never did get a phone call from Ron and I was angry about it until I got an e-mail from some guy I had never before talked to on MySpace and he had e-mailed me the article that I am replying to now. I immediately called the girl at who’s house we had hung out that night and made her get the paper from her grandpa who recieves the Muncie Star Press. She confirmed that the article was real and I threw up.
    It just goes to show you that you never know who you are meeting when you meet over the Internet. So be careful.


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