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Internet site links Charlotte to gay sex

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are looking into a troubling new hot spot for anonymous sex.

Police say men are meeting up for intimate encounters at a neighborhood park popular with children.

James Boyce Community Park is located at 300 Boyce Road in southeast Charlotte.  It has the appearance of any park until you read the fine print found on a website called cruisinggays.com.

One visitor on the website claims people have sex on many of the trails and warns people that men have been seen having sex in the open.

We shared the contents of the site with some local parents at the park.

"That's real surprising as a parent that it's being advertised in a park like that," said Amanda Childress.

Police have been notified, but one person, in particular, is fighting back.

Brian Lutes leads the Stonehaven community patrol just blocks away, and he's hoping extra patrols can make a difference.

"In this instance, we're stepping it up, and trying to get down there several times a week," Lutes said.

Park patrons plan to be extra careful and people like Becca Dressler are hoping that police can put a stop to what's going on.

"I don't want my park being on a place for recommended sexual activity," Dressler said.

In recent years, the CMPD has conducted sex stings at various other parks in the Charlotte area and they have arrested numerous people soliciting or engaging in sex acts.

Amanda Childress says she will return with a different state of mind.

"We hike all through here, and to read that makes me a little uncomfortable," she said.

Officers in CMPD's Independence division have also been notified about what's going on and they plan to work with neighbors in the Stonehaven community to increase patrols.

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