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Va. suspect billed himself on extensive Internet site as slave master for teen girls

Sunday, January 06, 2002

By Johnna A. Pro, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Scott W. Tyree, the man accused in the disappearance of a 13-year-old Crafton Heights girl, trolled the Internet for young girls by posting dozens of on-line pictures of himself and sexual instruments, including a cage, whips, chains and paddles.

Scott Tyree's Web site included a picture of himself in one of his "dungeons" with various torture, bondage and sexual devices.

Tyree, 38, who used the Internet name "slave master for teen girls," is accused of taking Alicia Kozakiewicz to his home in Herndon, Va., outside Washington.

FBI agents found Alicia there Friday afternoon, tied up in a bedroom but not physically harmed. She was reunited with her parents, Charles and Mary, and returned home yesterday.

Tyree, the divorced father of a 12-year-old girl, advertised himself on the Internet as Master Scott, a man whose marital status was "single and looking" and whose occupation was "slave owner." His Web site on was still active yesterday, despite his arrest.

Under hobbies Tyree wrote, "training young female slaves to serve me in all ways. If being treated as property to be used [and] abused for your owner's pleasure and amusement [suits you], then you may be worthy to serve me."

The photos, posted in six files that he called "dungeons," include individual pictures of various torture, bondage and sexual devices.

In addition, Tyree listed himself as a member of 19 Internet clubs, including the "young virgin slave market" and "teens who love bondage."

Pittsburgh Police Detective John Wilbur, who is assigned to the FBI Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force and who was one of the investigators on the case, said authorities are finding a steady increase in cases of teens being lured by Internet predators.

"I'm seeing far too many of these cases coming across my desk, and I mean older persons trying to solicit children for illicit activities," he said.

"People think they are safe because they're sitting at a keyboard, but when you're talking to someone on the Internet, they might as well be sitting in your living room. The Internet doesn't give you anonymity."

Wilbur said that, although his expertise is not as a profiler, the postings on the Internet site tell a lot about Tyree.

"My analysis is that he's a dominant personality," Wilbur said. "He's very proud. He was not afraid. He's right out there in your face."

Wilbur said that an initial look at Alicia's computer showed she had on-line discussions with Tyree for at least a month.

Investigators had not yet been able to determine if she had seen Tyree's Web site seeking teen-age girls, or what names he used when corresponding with her. Tyree went on-line using various names and email addresses, Wilbur said.

What's more, investigators are not saying if Alicia willingly left with Tyree.

Wilbur said that doesn't matter. "She's 13 years old. She's not mature enough to make that decision. A 38-year-old man should know that."

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Alicia used the email address "goddess of all" and her Web page indicates her interests were hypnosis, anti-boy bands, witchcraft, mythology and folklore. She does not give her age but posts current pictures of herself. In a separate file are dozens of pictures of her growing up and with her family.

Tyree, who was charged with transporting a minor for illegal sexual contact, will have an initial court appearance tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Virginia. Then the case could be shifted to Pittsburgh.

"She was taken here," FBI spokesman Bill Crowley said yesterday, "and a lot of the investigative work was done here."

Authorities will not say what if anything was taken from Tyree's home. The affidavit for his arrest and accompanying search warrant were sealed.

Crowley said investigators hope to determine if Tyree has engaged in similar conduct with other girls.

"We want to find out who this guy is," Crowley said.

Alicia managed to slip out the front door of her home about 6 p.m. New Year's Day, as her family was clearing the dinner table.

Her parents initially thought she was pulling a prank, but after searching their home and the neighborhood, they called police.

At that point, the family suspected that Alicia's disappearance was related to her use of the Internet.

Staff Writer Bill Heltzel contributed to this story.

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