Marckenson Chery, 29, of North Lauderdale, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after admitting he lured a 15-year-old girl into having Skype video sex and explicit chats with him.(Handout, Broward Sheriff's Office) A Broward County man is facing 10 years to life in federal prison after admitting he lured a 15-year-old girl into having video sex and explicit chats with him using Skype. Chery was caught after the parents of the girl, who lives in San Francisco, realized that something was wrong and investigators searched her phone and computer.They might not work for you, though; each couple is different. If we only Skyped twice a week, I had a hard time prioritizing what was important and what could be left out. Having a regular Skype schedule has helped me fix my sleep and work schedules.And by “worked for me,” I mean that my husband and I survived the distance; we’re happily married now, living in Japan. Between school, work, friends, and studying – it is hard enough to block out 20 minutes for your favorite trashy reality television show, never mind an hour to chat with your significant other. I have much better time management skills, because the only constant thing in my life are my Skype dates.I get distracted easily – I can’t stare at the computer screen for too long. I’ve found the best way to keep Skyping new and fresh (even after 13 months of it) is to not always do one-on-one chats. We are fortunate – both of us met at Ursinus College when Ryosuke studied abroad. I like to pass the laptop with Ryosuke around to other friends once a month, so he still feels like an integral part of my life here. The hardest part about being in a long distance relationship (aside from, you know the normal horrible parts of a relationship) is the fact they can’t always be there. Even when we both DID live in Japan, we still lived a 13 hour bus ride away from each other (Akita to Tokyo).You can’t just jump into it – assuming it will be the same as a “normal” relationship and expect everything to work out. But Long Distance Relationships are NOT impossible.And, when done right, they are the most rewarding thing in the world.Marckenson Chery, 29, of North Lauderdale, pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor. Agents from Homeland Security Investigations said the girl "met" Chery, who is nearly twice her age, on an anonymous online chatting site called Omegle and they later used Skype.
He lays out a good way to approach LDRs – regardless of whether you expect to be in an LDR for a couple of months or a couple of years. I’ve noticed as soon as we starting Skype once a day, the number of (and the magnitude of) our fights decreased drastically.
The book is chalk-full of the stories of other couples who have successfully gone the distance. [For more, check out: The Hardest Part of a Long-Distance Relationship – 12 steps for making it work] Don’t check email, Facebook stalk, or work on homework while you Skype. To ease my “fidgeting,” I change positions every ten minutes on Skype.