Friday, April 27, 2007
Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma
Claim To Fame: Miss America 2007
Why She's Person of the Week: For helping the Suffolk County, New York Computer Crimes Unit catch four sexual predators prowling online this week in search of underage victims.
Nelson, the reigning Miss America, and the cops put together a fake profile and uploaded her own photos as a teen. After she went online, Nelson was approached by the men to have sex. She then lured them to a house rigged with cameras where they were greeted by "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh. Seven more men, who did not show up at the house, but engaged in sexually explicit chatter with Nelson, surrendered this past Wednesday. The "AMW" with Nelson will air this Sunday.
Nelson, whose platform issue is Internet safety for children, said she was eager to participate in the sting and draw attention to the dangers of the Internet. "As many as we caught on that day, there are a lot more out there," she said. "It's nice to know that they were chatting with police officers and me rather than a 14- or 15-year-old girl."
Other's Blogging: The Mike Power Effect, To Catch A Predator, Silver Rebel