(Story broke 6/3/2017)
We’ll get to the obvious question in due time, but first the facts.
Musical.ly is a social app where people can share videos of themselves, livestream and message each other. 25-year-old Jacob Eric Blanco, of Fresno, California, is accused of allegedly using Musical.ly and Kik, of course, to solicit girls under 12 to send him explicit images of themselves. Blanco was brought to the attention of law enforcement by a family from New York whose 6-year-old daughter was reportedly solicited by Blanco. Blanco is looking at a maximum sentence of 30 years for each count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Law enforcement are said to be looking for additional victims.
So I checked Musical.ly’s terms of service and you have to be at least 13-years-old to use the app. While it’s fortunate the incident led to Blanco’s arrest, why in the blue hell was a 6-year-old allowed to be on Musical.ly? Have these people never been on the internet? Were they Amish people who left that practice behind and this was their first day in the pagan world?
No child needs to be left to roam freely online without parental supervision, especially a 6-year-old girl. There’s too many cretins like Blanco running wild online to leave your young children unattended on any internet connected device.
53-year-old Yves Joseph Christopher Legault, from the Canadian province of Ontario, flew to Atlanta to allegedly have sex with a 13-year-old girl who he met on the web cam chat site Omegle. The girl’s mother discovered the ‘relationship’ after the girl received a package from Canada. Legault is said to have claimed he was 22-years-old. He also allegedly had his victim perform sex acts on cam for him. However, by this time the mom had already contacted the FBI who promptly arrested him when he arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Omegle is one of the sneakier platforms for predators out there. Not only is it one of the most used search terms to find this site, but it’s my opinion law enforcement aren’t as aware of Omegle as they should be. To add to the sneakiness, Omegle is not an app. It’s a website that connects you with random people to chat with, but since it’s not an app all you need is any internet enabled device with a camera. So instead of looking for an app on your underage kids’ phones or tablets, with Omegle you need to check their browser history and bookmarks to make sure they’re not using the site. That means checking their laptops as well. If I was still a parent of young children, I would not allow them to have any devices after bedtime.
22-year-old Gilbert Balderas of Orosi, California, was an employee of the local school district. He is said to have helped with the school district’s after school program. Since we’re talking about a school employee, you can probably guess what app he used to commit a crime. That’s right, Balderas not only sent nude pictures of himself to an 11-year-old female student of the district over Snapchat, but he also said they should meet up. I’m guessing it wasn’t for milk and cookies or juice boxes. Balderas pleaded no contest to distributing or showing pornography to a minor and contact with a minor for sexual offense, and was sentenced to a year in county jail.
While Kik seems to be the app of choice for strangers on the internet, Snapchat seems to be the app of choice of predators your kids may know. And more often than not, Snapchat is used by an inordinate amount of teachers, coaches and school employees to commit such crimes.
41-year-old Summer Sparrow, I can’t make this up, was a high school teacher in Cherryville, North Carolina. She was arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old student she had been chatting with on Snapchat. While the age of consent in North Carolina is 16, it’s illegal for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student regardless of age.
The hook to this story is, Sparrow received no jail time for her transgressions. Instead, she lost her teaching license and has to stay out of trouble for a year or face jail time. If she stays out of trouble she can have her crime expunged from her criminal record.
While I’m not a trilby wearing neckbeard, I have to question if a male teacher who was arrested on similar charges would have been given such a sweet deal? We seem to have an impression in this country that when a woman has sex with a teenage boy it’s somehow more acceptable than if a man has sex with an underage teenage girl.
This woman is also a mother. How would she like it if a teacher had sex with one of her kids?
And once again, Snapchat is the avenue of choice for a teacher that was creeping on a student. Know who your kids are friends with and following on Snapchat.
David Francisco Pena
I never thought I would be posting a story about MySpace in 2017, yet here we are.
Anyway, 32-year-old David Francisco Pena, was recently arrested in Gulfport, Mississippi, after being on the run for three years. Pena was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a Juvenile in 2009, after he took a girl he met on MySpace from Nebraska to his home in Texas. Pena spent some time in prison and was paroled in 2010 then was ordered to register as a sex offender. Police were looking for Pena for the past three years after he allegedly fled supervision in 2014.
As I’ve said before, the only thing the sex offender registry does well is to let you know where registered sex offenders live in your area. It does nothing to dissuade all the unregistered ones from committing crimes.
Noted tech blog The Verge, recently made a post where they said mobile messaging app Kik is the de facto app used by online predators. While I have all the respect in the world for The Verge, I do have to ask the question where have you been? I’ve been saying this for the past four years since Kik became a thing. As I am wont to say, Kik has long been known as a haven for sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
Seriously though, while I’m just some guy on a website with a limited audience, it’s good to see a respected voice in the tech industry finally bring this problem with Kik to light. Maybe this could be the start of Kik getting off their asses to finally do something about their sordid reputation and the degenerates that dwell on their service.
Bethany N. Leach
23-year-old Bethany N. Leach, of Jasper, New York, was arrested for allegedly exchanging explicit Snapchats with one of the students at the high school where she was a teacher’s aide. She is said to have exchanged explicit images, videos and messages with one of the students, however the age of the student has not been mentioned. Police say no inappropriate physical interaction took place between Leach and the student.
Again, I feel like I need to address the troglodytes who will say they wish they had teachers like this when they were in school. Whomever this student was, they were a victim whether you want to believe it or not. Incidents like these have great potential to give the victims a distorted view of sexuality in their minds and in turn they could be predatory themselves in the future.
Thanks to Lady Gray for the tip.
(Story broke 5/26/2017)
Usually, and I use that term loosely, when a woman is arrested for sharing child porn on a social network, she’s molesting her own children for the sake of someone they perceive as their boyfriend. However, that is not the case here.
38-year-old Pamela Files, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested for allegedly sharing child porn on mobile messaging app Kik. Files has children but they had been previously removed from the home and live with their grandmother. The grandmother herself hints that Files could have a substance abuse problem. Investigators say Files was sharing child porn with a man from Texas, which is how they were led to Files. While Files’ children do not live in her home she allegedly stated on social media that she threatened to molest her own children. Files is said to have denied ever molesting a child.
Kik issued a statement saying they encourage users to report any violation of their terms of service, but when your users are made up of an inordinate amount of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors, you’re basically letting the inmates run the asylum.
Jabari Body Gainer
(Story broke 5/19/2017)
25-year-old Jabari Body Gainer of Pensacola, Florida, is accused of allegedly having repeated sex (child rape) with a minor after promising the minor alcohol. Gainer is said to have met the teen on mobile messaging app Kik. Gainer reportedly had sex with the female victim on multiple occasions between August 2016 and April 2017. If that wasn’t enough, Gainer is said to have let people watch him have sex with the minor then uploaded videos of them having sex to PornHub.
As usual, my message to parents is to know who is on your kids’ friends list. You also may want to reconsider allowing them to use Kik since it’s notorious for being awash with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
(Story broke 5/18/2017)
18-year-old Daniel Loyola of Burlington, Wisconsin, was arrested for allegedly sending graphic images of himself to a 13-year-old girl on Snapchat. When police searched his phone they reportedly found over 50 explicit images of underage girls. He is also said to have referred to child rape on some of his social media accounts.
While the article doesn’t state how Loyola was able to ascertain the Snapchat usernames of his victims, please stress to your children not to give them out publicly and they should treat them as they would their phone number. This can go a long way in preventing predators from contacting children.