19-year-old Ethan Gorden of Clay County, Florida, went missing from his home on August 27th. Before his disappearance, he had received around 30 threatening messages over Snapchat.
Gorden’s mother, Maddie Gorden, said the messages said things like, “I’m going to kill you,” “you are a piece of crap,” and “I’m going to get you.”
Ethan is 6’3′, 160 lbs., has brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo. He drives a 2003 Saturn Ion with a Florida plate with the Miami Dolphins on it.
If you see Ethan or have any information about his disappearance, you are urged to call 911. Further information can be found at the FINDING ETHAN – BRING ETHAN HOME Facebook page.
We just can’t go that long without a Snapchat teacher story can we?
This time the perpetrator is said to be 27-year-old Tracy Miller, who is a teacher at a high school in Logan County, West Virginia. She is accused of allegedly sending explicit pictures of herself over Snapchat to at least five students. According to police, Miller can’t recall exactly how many of the pictures she sent to students.
Miller was charged with distribution of obscene matter to minors and was released after her husband posted her bond. I guess she’s got some ‘splainin to do. She’s also been suspended without pay by the school. The investigation is ongoing and police are looking for additional victims, and yes they are victims.
If this had been a male teacher who Snapchatted his junk to multiple female students, I would imagine the fine people of Logan County would have already gathered the pitchforks and torches. Women who prey on minor boys are just as dangerous as their male counterparts and as a society we need to get rid of this ‘I wish she could have been my teacher’ mentality.
Beth Rae Harris
36-year-old Beth Rae Harris of Chicago got into a fight with her 23-year-old friend over a man at a club. They supposedly made up, but according to police Harris had other ideas. Harris is said to have gone out with her ‘friend’ and the friend drank heavily and crashed at Harris’ apartment. While the friend was unconscious, Harris allegedly had one or more men rape the unconscious woman out of revenge. The victim wasn’t even aware of what happened until she saw the rape being shown on her own Snapchat account. Harris was allegedly berating the victim while the woman was being raped. Witnesses were able to identify Harris through the video. The man, or men, involved in the rape have yet to be charged and the investigation is ongoing.
Is this how far we’ve fallen as a society when we’re orchestrating elaborate rape revenge plans like this over a man at a club? I’d hate to see what Harris would have done if her friend had done something more serious like not paying for her drinks or something. That’s not even mentioning the man, or men, who supposedly willingly took place in the rape of an unconscious woman. Then to further humiliate the victim, have the rape broadcast over her own Snapchat account. Who thinks of things like this?
Harris has been charged with non-consensual dissemination of sexual image and is being held on $150,000 bond. If she’s convicted, there should be a Snapchat account set up that just livestreams her prison cell 24 hours a day.
26-year-old Robert Lufriu, of Hillsborough County, Florida, was arrested for allegedly soliciting nude photos from a 17-year-old female Facebook friend. Lufriu reportedly asked the girl for a picture after she confided a secret to him. He is said to have threatened to tell her parents if she didn’t send him a nude photo. He then is said to have offered the girl $50, alcohol and to take her shopping if she would provide him with more photos.
What a creep and a scumbag. This guy allegedly blackmailed his victim and basically treated her like a prostitute in order to get her to produce what is basically child porn for him. Not only that, but he seems to be at least a friend of the victim’s family. So he possibly betrayed the trust of a family just so he could treat the victim like his own personal porn factory. He even allegedly admitted to the girl’s parents that he asked her for photos.
Not only do you have to worry about strangers approaching your kids online, but in some cases, trusted friends as well. As they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer because you never know when your friend is actually your child’s enemy.
Makayla Massey’s missing poster
16-year-old Makayla Massey was last seen in her Victorville, California, home on August 25, 2017. Police say Makayla was using the social network/app MeetMe to possibly sell herself for sex. She reportedly posed as a 19-year-old with the names of Anita Green, Anitta Argintino, Anita Franchise, and Anita Massey. She is said to not have had her own cell phone, but instead used an iPod that has wifi capabilities.
Makayla Massey is described as a white female, five feet 4 inches tall and weighing 146 pounds. She has brown hair with lighter-colored hair at the ends, according to her mother, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, a white shirt and carrying a black Adidas backpack.
Anyone with information regarding Makayla Massey’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Dana Weinberg at 760-243-1989, 760-559-5362, or the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760-241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.
MeetMe has been around since the MySpace days of social media and has devolved into nothing more than a hook-up site. Like most social apps, you don’t necessarily need a phone to access it. You can use just about any device that has wifi capability, like in this case, an iPod. Please, regularly check your kids’ devices for any activity that could put them in harm’s way.
Sadly, child sex trafficking is nothing new to social media. Pimps and traffickers have been using social media since the days of MySpace, luring impressionable kids with tales of money and fame only to turn them out on the street or online.
38-year-old Vien Lam, of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested after a father caught him talking to 12 and 13-year-old girls at a park. When the man approached Lam, the suspect ran off. (I guess you could say he was…wait for it….on the Lam.) When police interviewed the girls they reportedly said they had been talking to Lam since June on Instagram. They also said Lam was allegedly posing as someone younger and asked them to meet up. The conversations were said to be rather explicit. Thank God that father was at the park or who knows what would have happened to those girls.
I can’t stress enough to parents to check all of your kids’ social media accounts. Check their friends list, check who’s commenting on their pictures, and check who is sending them messages. You never know who may be trying to meet your kids at a park. It may seem like a daunting task, but isn’t your child’s safety worth it?
Michael Alan Guerra
21-year-old Michael Alan Guerra, of San Antonio, Texas, has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met through the social networking and dating app Skout. Guerra reportedly first told the girl he was 16 and his name was Frank. While GUerra was driving the girl around, he is said to have forced the girl to perform a sex act on him.
Police were able to track down Guerra through his phone number. When approached by police Guerra reportedly told police he only meets girls who are 19. He also supposedly did not want to talk to police because “he had been through this before.” It turned out Guerra had a previous arrest for ‘having sex’ (child rape) with another 14-year-old girl.
Guerra was found out when the victim’s mother discovered her daughter had been in contact with a man on Skout. Skout’s terms of service states no one under 13 should use their app. Not only does the TOS say that anyone between 13 and 18 should have the permission of a parent or guardian to use the app, but the Google Play Store gives the app a Mature rating. TL;DR version is, no one under 18 should really be using this app. Skout is also owned by the same company that owns MeetMe, another shady dating app kids shouldn’t be using.
A story has been making the rounds about an Illinois man who let his 7-year-old daughter use the music sharing app Musical.ly. While his daughter was using the app she was solicited by an unknown man who asked her to take pictures of herself with her shirt off. Thankfully, the girl was a smart cookie and showed the messages to her dad. The dad did contact police but he also shared screenshots of the messages, which you can view here if you really want.
Normally, I would jump all over a man who let his 7-year-old daughter use any kind of social app, however, the man says he has learned his lesson.
“I know many will blame us parents for this happening” Summer says in his Facebook post. “But we never thought like predators and I guess we were naive in thinking that our daughter was safe on what we thought to be a kid friendly app. We have learned the hard way. I ask that you not judge us (many still will) but let our experience teach us all.”
Luckily no harm came to this man’s daughter, but his former passive outlook about social apps is shared by too many parents. Too many people would rather just hand their young children their phone or tablet and let them run wild. The advent of the internet along with its ease of access has emboldened these predators to stoop to unprecedented lengths to target your children.
Sometimes, I take heat from people who say that a child is more likely to be molested or solicited by someone they know rather than strangers online. While that is true, it doesn’t stop the people who are familiar with their victims from using social media to continue contacting them.
For example, take 26-year-old Kevin Forst of Bentonville, Arkansas. He’s accused of exchanging explicit pictures over Snapchat with a 15-year-old girl. That girl, from Florida, was visiting her sister in Bentonville, who was rooming with Forst. Forst was said to be flirting withe the girl while she visited, but the girl’s sister told them to knock it off.
Reportedly, they didn’t knock it off because Bentonville police received a call from the girl’s father in Florida to file a complaint about Forst. It seems the older sister tipped of their father who checked the girl’s cell phone and found the images. Forst is said to have admitted exchanging pics with the girl and being aware of her age. Forst is currently out on bond.
Good on the sister and dad for teaming up to catch this scumbag. There are too many families out there who don’t have the knowledge to stop a ‘relationship’ like this from happening.
And hey, not a teacher.
Hey, another Snapchat story without a teacher, however, I shouldn’t be making light of this since it’s a pretty disturbing story.
28-year-old Keri Harwood, of New River, Arizona, claims she met a man who would pay her to perform solo sex acts over Snapchat. Apparently her feminine wiles weren’t enough to keep the money flowing, as the man was said to have offered her more money to molest her two children and send him the videos. Payments that once hovered around the $100 mark quickly turned into payments of $500 to $600. Harwood allegedly molested the children while her husband was at work on at least five different occasions according to her own admittance. She is said to have told police she did these unspeakable acts because she ‘needed the money’. She’ll need the money even more as she’s currently being held on $150,000 bond.
It makes me wonder if Harwood started out as a camgirl. For those of you who may not know, there are sites where women, and men, can set up accounts where they can livestream themselves and set prices for certain acts. Models are paid in tokens, a type of virtual currency, instead of cash as to probably avoid prostitution laws. Plus it obfuscates how much models are being tipped and how much of a percentage the sites are taking in. In a number of these cases you can obtain the model’s Snapchat address to receive future images. It’s not unheard of for private deals to be made off-site. To clarify, this is merely speculation on my part, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was the case.
As someone who was once entrusted to help raise two children this sickens me to no end. There were plenty of times where I was dirt poor as well and not once did I ever think about sexually exploiting my stepkids in order to make a couple of bucks. It makes me wonder what exactly she needed the money for. According to pictures on her social media accounts, it doesn’t seem like she was hurting for much.
No word on if the man who requested the videos has been apprehended or not.
You know, someone should start a website where parents like this are called out publicly, or maybe someone will.
Thanks to Lady Gray for the tip.