Dad says Facebook predators targeting 6-year-old daughter

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Milton police are investigating after a local father says strangers sent his daughter lewd messages on Facebook.

Michael Marcinanis said he set up the page for his 6-year-old daughter so that she could keep in touch with her grandmother and other relatives.

"Obviously she added people to the page we didn’t know about," he told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.

Marcinanis told Petchenik his son raised the red flag the other day after seeing two vulgar messages sent to his younger sister.  One, he said, suggested the girl engage in sexual activity with the man.

“One of them was so graphic we called the police immediately," he said.

Marcinanis believes the men stalked his daughter after she started playing a game linked off her page.  Facebook requires users be over 13, but Marcinanes said his daughter's profile said she was 16.

“He’s a 30-year-old man," he said of the predator.  "Why are you talking to 16-year-old girls in the first place?”

Milton police confirm they are investigating the case, but couldn't comment on it at this point.

Petchenik talked to a "cyber" security expert, Don Jackson.  Jackson said it's not advisable for 6-year-old children to  be on Facebook or any other social media site.

"Young people don’t have the discipline to know what’s appropriate and what can be misused and how people will misuse it," he said.

Jackson, who works for Dell SecureWorks, said sites like Facebook require people to put information about themselves on there, that can be used against them.  He said online predators use what's called "inference attacks," piecing together tidbits of personal information about a child to piece together where they live and where they play.

"There’s no expectation of privacy when they talk to their friends," he said.