Michael Maurice Williams
I come from an age when if you were on the internet you never used your real name, hence the reason I’ve been using a pseudonym for 20 years. But today, people not only use their real names but some post almost every aspect of their lives onto social media. One of the many drawbacks to having such an active social media presence is stalking.
25-year-old Michael Maurice Williams of Delray Beach, Florida, is accused of allegedly breaking into the Boynton Beach home of a 20-year-old woman with a burgeoning music career he was following on Instagram. Williams is said to have repeatedly tried to stare into the woman’s bedroom, but one night late in November, Williams reportedly entered her home through the bedroom window, forced the woman down on the bed and tried to forcibly remove her clothing. I’m just going to go ahead and call that attempted rape even though that charge was not mentioned in any of the articles I read.
Williams was foiled by the woman’s 10-year-old brother who charged at him with a knife. Williams pushed the boy away but the woman and her brother were able to force Williams out of the home. Now that’s a brave kid. Williams is currently being held without bail.
While Williams is ultimately responsible for his own twisted actions, social media, much like anything else, should only be indulged in moderation for safety reasons alone.
Palm Beach Post
37-year-old Jason Schultz is accused of allegedly posing as a 12-year-old boy on Instagram in order to solicit explicit pictures from underage girls in the Saginaw County area of Michigan. He is said to have solicited at least 50 school age girls using the aliases of Saginawbaseball;trevor, tKnightFreeland:Saginaw Baseball, and 23basketballJones23;Knight. Police say that the matter is still under investigation.
If you have any information regarding this matter of if your child received an Instagram message from the usernames “Saginawbaseball;trevor” “tKnightFreeland:Saginaw Baseball” or “23basketballJones23;Knight,” you are asked to contact Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Instagram’s terms of service, a user is supposed to be at least 13-years-old. If I was still a parent of young children, I would probably not allow my kids top be on Instagram until they were at least 16 and even then I would heavily monitor their usage as predators can use the smallest amount of personal information to find their victims.
Local parent says he discovered teens using Snapchat to buy and sell drugs:
Man sentenced for enticing children through app:
40-year-old Aaron Anthony of Idaho Falls sentenced to 2-10 for trying to solicit underage girls through Kik.
A pricey mistake: How to avoid accidental in-app purchases:
Parent lets kid run wild unsupervised on Musical.ly and ends up with a $1000 bill for in-app purchases.
New Jersey man charged with solicitation of a minor:
36-year-old Julio DeJesus of Jersey City, NJ, was arrested for allegedly having explicit conversations with a 15-year-old girl from Tallahassee, Florida, on Facebook, Kik, and Instagram.
Orland Park Man Accused of Selling Pot on Snapchat:
Illinois. Even where it’s legal, it’s still illegal to sell it online.
David A. Williams
20-year-old David A. Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for allegedly robbing and carjacking a man in Independence, Missouri, and shooting his 15-year-old accomplice. Police say that the victim set up a hook-up on Snapchat, but when the victim arrived at the meeting place Williams was said to have robbed the victim with the help of the 15-year-old girl who the victim supposedly set up the date with. However, when the victim tried to flee, Williams opened fire but instead of hitting his victim he hit his accomplice instead, striking her in the arm and leg.
Back in the MySpace days when these robberies happened, I used to say ‘The hot girl from MySpace really doesn’t want you.’ That still stands even today, just replace MySpace with your social media of choice.
While I’m glad this guy was caught, I’m curious if the victim was aware the girl was 15 before the meeting. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard of someone trying to rob or blackmail a creeper thinking they wouldn’t go to police.
Kik, the mobile messaging app that’s home to sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors, recently announced they were forming a safety board. However, it seems like their motivation is more based in greed than user safety.
If you read not only this article from Venture Beat, but Kik’s press release as well, it seems the only reason they’re even discussing safety is because of the cryptocurrency Kin, they’re planning on launching.
“We’re bringing [the advisory panel] on now to help us inform this strategy, so as Kin evolves and there are a few iterations, we will have a wide breadth of expertise advising us on making these product decisions and the strategy decisions with Kin,” Kik’s head of trust and safety, Catherine Teitelbaum, told VentureBeat in a phone interview.
Kin will only be able to used by users who are over 18 but so far Kik hasn’t said how they’re going to verify ages. I’m not exactly a cryptocurrency expert, but I don’t see why a messaging app need its own version of Bitcoin. To me it sounds like it could be another tool that could be used by predators to groom their victims. “Hey kid, send me some pictures and I’ll give you some Kin”
Again, the only defense between your kids and online predators is you. App creators like Kik don’t really care about your kids and only care about the bottom line.
Social media monolith Facebook recently announced it was launching a messaging app for kids 12 and under called Messenger Kids. Automatically to me that sounds like an extremely bad idea, however, Facebook says that there are safety measures in place for kids to use their new app.
Parents must set up a child’s Messenger Kids account and approve with whom they can communicate (parents must be friends on Facebook to do so). Kids will not be searchable within the app for privacy reasons.
From a crime perspective this seems like a pretty safe app but still has its drawbacks. Too many parents sign their kids on to an app then let them run free on it, like Musical.ly. While there shouldn’t be the problem of random strangers messaging your child, there’s still the problem of people close to the family who may be trying to groom your child. As the saying goes, kids are more likely to be assaulted by someone they know rather than internet predators.
But let’s discuss what this is really about, Facebook indoctrination. Zuckerberg the Great wants to make sure that kids are raised on Facebook. With so many teens and young adults supposedly flocking to Snapchat from Facebook, they want to make sure future generations will be reliant on Facebook.
If your children really want to talk with grandma over the internet, they can do it with Facetime or Skype while you supervise. Or better yet, call her on the phone.
31-year-old William Shenette of Webster, Massachusetts, was arrested recently for allegedly trading child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. No word on how authorities were tipped off to Shenette, however he was said to have been in possession of at least two child porn videos.
In addition to that, Shenette is also accused of sending an underage boy a picture of his junk, and chatted with someone on Kik saying he wanted to have sex with girls between the ages of 6 and 12 (child rape). None of this should come as any surprise as Kik is awash with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
Kik is doing nothing to try to shed this image either. Don’t rely on them to protect your kids.
Alyssia Marie Reddy
28-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy was a teacher at a boarding school in Mercer County in New Jersey. She’s accused of allegedly using Snapchat to communicate with a 16-year-old student before having sex (child rape) with him.
In December 2016, Reddy gave the student her cell phone number and then added him on Snapchat, according to the police records. The student said in February 2017 he received messages from Reddy saying, “I want your hands on me.”
While the age of consent in New Jersey is 16, the law states it is illegal for a person who has authority over the victim, such as a teacher, to have sex with them. So there you go.
Again to parents, check your kid’s Snapchat account and make sure your child can reasonably explain who is on their friends list. No teacher needs to be contacting a student in a way that circumvents the parents unless that child is in physical danger from one of his guardians.
This is a story from back in October that has been ongoing since March.
38-year-old Bryan Leslie Pringle of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, has been charged with allegedly soliciting two 10-year-old girls from St. Paul, Minnesota, over the music and video sharing app Musical.ly.
The girls say Pringle would ask them to send him nude pictures of themselves and videos at least five times over several days.
The girls say they sent some pictures.
The victims say Pringle told them he wanted to meet them at a hotel and have sex with them.
I’ve never seen an app used to try to groom kids this young. Even during the MySpace heydays I wasn’t posting stories about 6-10-year-old kids being preyed upon. This is not an app to let your child be using unattended.
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.
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?