Minn. man facing jail time over Snapchat revenge porn

Minn. man facing jail time over Snapchat revenge porn

Dominick Floyd Halverson

19-year-old Dominick Floyd Halverson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been arrested for posting revenge porn online. Halverson is accused of posting nude pics of his ex on Snapchat after their relationship ended. He’s looking at three years behind bars and a $5,000 fine.

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First off to the ladies, unless you’ve been in a relationship for years, don’t send nudes to any guy unless you’re ok with them being out on the internet forever. To guys, learn how to handle rejection like a man. If someone breaks up with you, move on. It might hurt like hell, but move on. You’ll be better off in the long run. Also don’t think you’re getting away with it by posting revenge porn on Snapchat. You may think the pictures disappear like Snapchat claims, but they don’t. That’s not even mentioning that the majority of states in the country have revenge porn laws that carry a decent amount of prison time. Is sharing nudes of your ex really worth a stretch in jail?

Kik child porn trader found images ‘unsettling’

Kik child porn trader found images 'unsettling'

Eugene Martinez

20-year-old Eugene Joseph Martinez, of Lubbock, Texas, has been apprehended by federal authorities for allegedly trading child porn online. Martinez claims he joined a child trading porn group on the mobile messaging app Kik, and found the images unsettling. However, that didn’t stop him from trading and collecting child porn. You would think that Kik would be the ones who turned Martinez into authorities, but they weren’t. It was the cloud storage company Dropbox that contacted investigators. Dropbox said the account that Martinez is believed to have used, contained over 300 explicit images of prepubescent children.

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Kik, really needs to rein in all the sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors that inhabit their platform. Back in the day, Yahoo Messenger used to have the same problem. While it took them years to finally get off their ass, Yahoo eventually got serious about shutting down chat rooms that were havens for predators and child porn. Kik needs to do that now, unless that’s all they want to be known for.

Florida school employee caught up in Kik child porn sweep

Florida school employee caught up in Kik child porn sweep

William Napolitano

William Napolitano was a Pasco County Schools transportation manager. That was before he was picked up by Homeland Security in a years long child porn investigation. HSI found Napolitano after busting a prolific child porn trader on Kik. Investigators say that Napolitano was in the trader’s contacts list. Napolitano was said to have used the alias of William Snyder and his Kik username was ‘routemeup’. Under that Kik user name he allegedly communicated with undercover investigators on Kik with subjects such as ‘Into yng rape’ and ‘Ynger the better.’

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When investigators caught up with Napolitano, he was said to be in possession of lube, a ‘male-enhancement’ device, a screw driver and baby wipes. What some of these scumbags are caught with is almost as funny as the excuses they give. However, child porn is no laughing matter. Whenever one of thsee images is shared it’s like the victim is being violated all over again and Kik is one of the largest trading avenues of the vile material. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like Kik is in any hurry to discourage it.

8-year-old allegedly solicited for explicit pics on Musical.ly

8-year-old allegedly solicited for explicit pics on Musical.ly

This story is a month old but I’m posting it anyway because it shows a continuing and disturbing trend.

In Centreville, Utah, an 8-year-old girl was allegedly solicited for explicit pics on the music sharing app Musical.ly. Musical.ly is a social app where you can share short videos set to music. Users can also message each other through the app.

According to Centerville police, an online predator tried coercing an 8-year-old girl on the app into taking her clothes off…

At first, the person asked the young girl for a picture of her face, then asked for one of her clothed body. And later, the person asked for a picture of “her stomach a little,” according to the warrant.

The person kept asking for more pictures, revealing a little more each time until the person eventually requested nude photos. The unknown person “sent 14 consecutive messages asking (the girl) to send a picture,” the warrant states.

“Pull your pants down like I asked u to do,” and “take it off now,” were among the messages sent, the warrant states. “Its just between me and nobody will see. plzs trust me. plzs I’m crying again.”

When the girl refused the predator tried extorting the 8-year-old girl into sending explicit pics by threatening to post their conversation publicly on the app.

At the time the article was posted, no arrest had been made.

BUT WHY ARE PARENTS ALLOWING KIDS THIS YOUNG ON A SOCIAL APP BY THEMSELVES??? This isn’t our first story about this happening on Musical.ly. The past victims were 6 and 7 years old. No child this young should ever be allowed on any social app unsupervised and in reality, shouldn’t be allowed on this app at all. Musical.ly isn’t supposed to be used by anyone under the age of 13 according to their terms of service.

If you’re letting your kids use Musical.ly on their own, you’re basically opening a window for predators to come into your home.

Michigan teacher accused of Snapchat sex with student

Michigan teacher accused of Snapchat sex with student

Allyson Brittany Moran

Speak of the devil. 26-year-old Allyson Brittany Moran was a substitute teacher at a high school in Mason, Michigan. She’s accused of having a ‘sexual relationship’ with a male student after sending the student nude pics of herself on Snapchat.

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Conversely to what I asked in my last post, why do these teachers want to be with teenage boys? For the most part, they’re gawky and awkward and they almost always brag to a friend, or the whole school. Not to mention it’s technically a form of rape that could negatively affect these kids mentally and socially for the rest of their lives.

And all the bros who say “I wish I had a teacher like that when I was in school” need to grow the fuck up.

Ohio teacher sends nude Snapchat to student

Ohio teacher sends nude Snapchats to student

You know, it’s gotten to the point every time I see a story about a teacher sending out nude pics on Snapchat, I almost automatically assume it’s a female teacher ‘seducing’ a younger male student. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link to the news article to find this…

Ohio teacher sends nude Snapchat to student

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith is a substitute teacher who worked at the Scioto County, Ohio, schools. He’s accused of allegedly sending a nude Snapchat of himself to a female student and trying to get the girl to come to his home for sex.

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What 67-year-old man thinks that a teenage girl is going to want to have sex with them? Unless you’re filthy rich or Taylor Swift’s grandfather, they’re not.

Also, my usual advice to parents applies here as well. Check your kids’ devices to know what apps they’re using and who their friends are on these apps. Be their parent, not their buddy. In this digital age there comes a time when you have to stop being the ‘cool’ parent and be a real parent.

Ohio parents didn’t know their kids were on Instagram

Ohio parents didn't know their kids were on Instagram

Police in Port Clinton, Ohio, are advising local residents to be aware of someone who has been approaching their children on Instagram. The person with the username of “cry_baby_cryyy” is said to have been approaching children on Instagram and having conversations with them before revealing they’re an adult. Reports say the Instagram conversations are ‘alarming’.

What I found more alarming was what Port Clinton Police discovered in their investigation.

In case you missed the part I was talking about, it’s the “some of the parents were not even aware that their child was using Instagram”.

Let me clue some parents into something. If your kids have a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet, and they’re above the age of 12, they’re probably on Instagram, and if they’re on Instagram, they’re probably sharing too much personal information whether they realize it or not.

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Online predators can often discern your child’s relative location by things that appear in the background of pictures such as school colors or any activity your kid may belong to. Have a discussion with your kids about sharing information that could put them in danger, and if you don’t know if your kids are on Instagram, look for the icon at right on their devices.

What you should know about Wickr

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What you should know about Wickr

Over at Crime Classified I recently posted a story about a man who was caught allegedly looking for kids for sex on craigslist. Thankfully, police were able to apprehend him, hopefully before any child could have been abused. The reason I bring up this story was because while talking with police, who posed as a guardian of a 12-year-old girl, the suspect instructed police to download the app Wickr to continue communicating. I had never heard of Wickr before so I decided to some research on it.

Wickr is a mobile messaging app which prides itself on privacy and anonymity. You don’t need an email address to sign up and all the messages on Wickr are encrypted. That means, in theory, the messages can only be read by the people involved in the conversation. Wickr even says they don’t keep any records of the messages on their own servers. How true that is remains to be seen, but I digress.

There are some certain places and circumstances where an app like this can be a literal lifesaver. For example, people who live under oppressive governmental regimes could potentially rely on this app to communicate, hopefully without reprisal. Corporate or governmental whistleblowers could use this app to anonymously report their findings to the media. I could also see this being a lifesaving app for victims of domestic violence needing to hide communications from their abuser. However, like any tool, it can also be abused.

I could potentially see predators making contact with kids on one app, like Kik or Snapchat, then instruct their potential victims to use Wickr to try to keep their conversations from prying eyes. I also see it as a potential avenue of the trading of child porn as well.

My advice to parents is to keep an eye out for this app on your kids’ devices.

Florida church worker caught with Omegle child porn

Florida church worker caught with Omegle child porn

Chad Robison

36-year-old Chad Robison was an employee of a church in Lecanto, Florida. He was arrested back in July after coworkers allegedly found child porn on his work computer. After police were called, investigators were said to have found 3000 videos and 350,000 explicit pictures of minors including several chats Robison reportedly had with a 14-year-old girl on the anonymous chat website Omegle. Robison was said to have used screen recording software to record the video chats he had with the girl. He is said to have wanted to meet the girl as well.

Again to parents, Omegle is a website and not an app and can be accessed by any device with a web browser and camera. This means it could be used on a laptop, a tablet or phone. This also may be a good opportunity to show your kids that if they chat with strangers online, whatever they do can be recorded by the person on the other side of the conversation. It should also be reiterated to them that once an image or video of them is out on the internet it’s out there forever.

Pa. teacher accused of Snapchatting three students

Pa. teacher accused of Snapchatting three students

29-year-old David Andrew Borghesani of Northampton, Pennsylvania, was a teacher at a nearby high school. He resigned from his position back in February after it came to light that he allegedly sent pictures of his junk to three separate students over Snapchat. He also allegedly exchanged explicit pictures with one of the students so you can add child porn charges to that as well.

If someone were to ask me what was the most popular social app among teens, I would have to say Snapchat since it’s the one creepy teachers use most to prey on students.