Police caution parents after Alton man’s sex crime arrest

ALTON, Ill.  - The Alton Police Department is encouraging parents to monitor their children's social media accounts after a man was arrested for alleged sex crimes against girls.

According to investigators, 34-year-old Latodd Strong, who also goes by the name “Boo Strong,” used multiple social media platforms and different usernames to contact girls in Alton. Officer Emily Hejna, the Sex Offender Registration Coordinator for the Alton Police Department, said while the usernames differed, "Boo Strong" was used in each screen name.

Hejna said at least four girls between the ages of 12 and 16 were targeted by Strong while riding a Madison County Transit bus or while they were near a bus stop.

A spokesman for Madison County Transit said the company has multiple cameras on each of its buses, but there are no cameras at the individual bus stops.

Investigators want parents of girls between 12 and 16 years old, specifically those who ride Madison County Transit, to talk with their daughters about possible encounters with Strong.

Due to the ongoing investigation, officers could not get into the context of the messages.

"If a parent saw (the messages), they would know immediately that they are inappropriate,” Hejna said.

If Strong has contacted you or your child, you are asked to screenshot the message and contact Detective Splittorff with the Alton Police Department.

“I hope that there aren’t any more victims, but if there are, we want to help them get the justice that they deserve,” Hejna said.

Strong was arrested July 15. He was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, one count of attempted criminal sexual assault, and three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Strong’s being held in the Madison County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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