MISS OKLAHOMA Lauren Nelson, who was crowned Miss America 2007, is doing share in keeping kids safe from sexual predators. As part of the police operation, Lauren is posing as a 14-year-old and going inside chat rooms. Here's an excerpt from an Associated Press story:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Miss America Lauren Nelson can add Long Island crimefighter to her resume. The Lawton, Okla., beauty recently went undercover with police in Suffolk County and participated in a sting operation targeting would-be sexual predators. Officers with the county's computer crimes unit created an online profile of a 14-year-old girl that included photographs of Nelson as a teenager. "I got to chat online with the predators and made phone calls, too," Nelson said in a telephone interview from Atlantic City, N.J. "The Suffolk County Police Department was there the whole time." The operation was taped for Fox Television's "America's Most Wanted," which will air the segment on Saturday. Tim Motz, a spokesman for the Suffolk police department, said the operation was ongoing.