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Posted by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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n a sting worthy of NBC's To Catch a Predator,FBI agents took down one of the most notoriouspedophiles in the world.

Antonio Cardenas had fled to Mexico after video of him repeatedly molesting a 7-year-old boy became the most popularly traded child pornography in the world. But he was lured back to Utah by an invite to a kiddie birthday party.

He was basically scot-free, but couldn't resist the temptation to return to see his victim again. He had no idea the parents knew what he had done and were working with the FBI to finally nab him. 

The abuse began when the boy, who suffers from a learning disability and was teased by classmates, joined a mentoring program and was partnered with Cardenas. Instead of helping the poor kid, he molested and raped him, AND FILMED IT! He gave the tape to a friend who posted it on the Internet.

What really enrages me is that he was a mentor. It's as though pedophiles like him and Jerry Sandusky are cut from the same cloth. They get into positions where they are supposed to nurture children but instead prey on them. Stomach turning, isn't it.

We teach our children to be leery of strangers and in their mind, these monsters are not the people who are there to help and guide them. But from seemingly harmless volunteers to world renowned sports figures, these fiends come in every form. How can parents know who to trust?

How can parents protect children from monsters like this?

by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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by Stephanie on Jun. 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM
Explain to children what safe limits are and it doesn't matter who it is that crosses the line they need to be told on.
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Trial starts the 25th next month. Hope he gets life or death row
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by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Children should be taught that there are bad people and if someone hurts them they need to tell someone even if they or their family are threatened.They need to know no matter what that it is not their fault

by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM
One if my greatest fears as a parent.
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by on Jun. 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I've told my children the difference between good touching and bad touching since they were very little. I've told if anyone does something to them and tells them to keep it a secret from me and their dad is likely doing something bad. On occasion, I quiz the children to make sure what they remember. I've told them abuse can come from kids their own age, family and people in positions like teachers, preachers, ect. They aren't scared. They are merely aware. They hug people. Hold hands. I haven't made them paranoid, but if anything were to happen they know the signs and they know to come to me. I've even told them that some people may threaten their loved ones or may try and make them feel it is their fault and that they are bad, but that they are never to believe someone who says those things. Their father and I will handle it.

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