The Fantasy Defense
Left Coalition party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters with a clenched fist, in central Athens after elections on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Tsipras was projected to come second in the poll, behind the front-runner conservatives, on a pledge to cancel Greece's bailout agreements. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis) (Kostas Tsironis)
When Naughton arranged to meet what he thought was an underage girl at the Santa Monica pier, he was arrested as what's now called a "traveler," a criminal who finds a child on the Web and then tries to meet them for sex.
CBS News Correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports for "Eye on America" on this new type of crime that society is still weighing to determine its seriousness.
"This is a focused individual, a driven individual," argues the Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Ruben Rodriguez, adding that travelers are an alarming new threat in the Internet era.
"This individual went to commit an act, an illegal act; he went to victimize a child," Rodriguez says.
"This activity encourages a certain segment of our population to live out a fantasy where they would never act upon it; they would never ever act upon it otherwise," attorney Marks says.
To police, the fantasy defense was a stunner, especially with the FBI and local cops adding undercover agents every day to pose online as children.
There is also a debate about the seriousness of the travel crime.
U.S. Attorney Lynne Battaglia was so outraged she appealed and got Debeir a sentence of six months. "I've seen children who have actually had sex after a meeting suspects over the Internet....These defendants are more dangerous than they look," she says.
Prosecutors say what's happening is racial profiling in reverse. That's because most of these defendants are well-off white men with jobs, judges and juries are looking for ways to be lenient.
Naughton, after winning the hung jury, recently pleaded guilty to traveling, thus avoiding a second public trial. He faces sentencing in June.
But the debate still rages. Was he a fantacizer drawn out of his computer to meet the agent on that pier, or a new type of high-tech pedophile created on the dark side of the Web?
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