On any given day, you can find Mike Hockwater posing as a 12-year old boy. Or, depending on the guy he’s talking to, a girl barely into her teens.
By now, the language that makes him convincing is old hat and, with the explosion of social media, so are the laptops and cellphones that provide him cover.
What doesn’t get tiresome is locking up the child molesters, sex traffickers and child pornographers he initially lured and schmoozed into believing he was someone else.
Unfortunately, Hockwater says, there is no shortage of predators waiting to meet him.
“It’s just a horrible problem,” the Cheektowaga detective says, “and yet, it’s not getting the headlines.”