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Mom steps in to help nab alleged child predator

By: Staff report
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Allegedly sending sexually explicit instant messages has landed a Folsom resident, a registered sex offender, behind bars. Police arrested Gerald Ivor Edwards, 53, at his home Wednesday on suspicion of sending harmful matter with the intent to seduce a minor and of annoying or molesting a minor. The investigation began when a 10-year-old girl told her mother she was receiving sexually explicit messages. The mother logged onto the home computer and pretended to be her daughter, according to police. An instant messaging conversation allegedly ensued between the two, when Edwards sent unsolicited sexually explicit written text and pornographic images. The mother then called the cops. Detectives were able to identify the suspect which led them to a local sex registrant. Folsom Police detectives served a search warrant on Edwards' residence and seized his home computer. "This is a great reminder to parents to be aware of whom their children are talking to on these social networking sites," said Sgt. Brian Dean.