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Sex Offender Arrest Stresses Need for Community Education
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Sex Offender Arrest Stresses Need for Community Education

DALLAS, GA -- A Dallas man has been convicted on one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and two counts of Child Molestation in an Apr. 23, 2009 incident.

Anthony Francis Paleveda, 21, was sentenced on Tuesday, Feb. 15 to 15 years for each count -- 10 years in prison and the remainder on probation.

According to detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children unit, Paleveda met the victim on an online social network site called VampireFreaks.com. Before Apr. 23, they communicated through emails and instant messages.

On the day of the incident, Paleveda picked up the then-12-year-old victim from her middle school and drove her back to his home, where a sex act occurred.

Paleveda then drove the girl to an area near her home and dropped her off. He was 19 years old at the time.

"The Paulding County District Attorney's Office takes very seriously all crimes against children, especially those involving the use of the Internet or other online communications to target our most precious asset," said Paulding County District Attorney Dick Donovan. "Children usually do not realize that they are being victimized online until it is too late."

On Tuesday, Apr. 26, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office will hold its third annual Family Summit at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of East Paulding High School (3320 East Paulding Drive, Dallas, 30157).

The goal of the event is to educate parents and children about the potential dangers of electronic exploitation, texting while driving, "sexting," cyber bullying and more.

"We are committed to protecting the citizens of this county, both young and old," said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge. "We encourage citizens to come out and get involved in this endeavor to help improve the safety of Paulding County both online and offline."

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