80s TV Star on Cyber Safety Education Tour Stops in the Valley
Erik Estrada played a cop on the hit 80s show CHiPs. Now, the real-life sheriff's deputy is traveling Virginia following what he calls his life's passion.
Fans waited patiently in the Waynesboro Moose Lodge for the arrival of Erik Estrada, or Frank Poncherello.
"He was my heart throb," said fan Lynn Shuey.
Now, Estrada is lending his celebrity to a bigger cause: internet safety.
"As an adult, father, as a parent I feel like I'm responsible for my children of course. But as an adult I feel like I'm responsible for all children," Estrada said.
A growing threat to young people is cyber predators. Waynesboro Detective Becky Meeks says teenagers are the most vulnerable.
"You don't really know who you're talking to you don't know where they're really at," she said. "Find me a teenager that doesn't have a Facebook page. They are very much on the internet talking to people."
Estrada works with the Safe Surfin' Foundation to teach young people about the very real threats of cyber predators.
"So our kids can be educated and not be taken by these very cunning, shrewd, bad people," he said.
Estrada did leave time to chat with his adoring fans, including a 17-year-old Waynesboro senior who happens to be named Erik Estrada.
This Saturday in Lynchburg, Estrada and the Safe Surfin' Foundation will be showing a movie they made called "Finding Faith," about online predators.