Jeff, I'm convinced that it happens all the time, and it always has. The internet is only the newest way for Perps to meet their boys.
Back when I was a kid there were several Pedo groups in my hometown, New Orleans. They were a sub-culture like the whores and the KKK bikers and the Voodoo Queens. Everybody knew they were there. When they were exposed, they weren't prosecuted, they just disappeared. Like the priests who were transferred to new Dioscese, my abuser just vanished one day.
Now that people are much more aware and concerned, and the risks are truly great, many pedophiles either quit or got very careful. That's a good thing. But the internet has opened a whole new avenue of annonymous contact, and that's a bad thing. I know I won't send a guy a picture without proof that he's a certain age. And I NEVER allowed my kids to have Internet in their bedrooms or anywhere behind closed doors.
The internet is a great hunting ground, whether you're a perp looking for boys, or a boy looking to trick a daddy. What would make a boy do something like that is beyond me, but it happens all the time. It's up to us as adults to protect them from themselves as much as from others.
IMHO - Ricky
P.S. Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one and most of them stink.