43-year-old Michael Loren Ross was an elementary teacher in Davenport, Iowa. That was before he was arrested for allegedly trading child porn on mobile messaging app Kik. He’s not believed to have had sexual contact with any of his students. He did reportedly say that he only had the child porn for personal viewing only. In case there was any question in your mind, that doesn’t make it any better. Nothing ever makes viewing child porn excusable.
30-year-old Adam Russell Hegyi, of Crown Point, Indiana, is facing federal prosecution for allegedly threatening and extorting an underage girl over social media. Hegyi is said to have used (deep breath) Omegle, Kik, Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, Facebook and FaceTime. What, no Friendster?
All kidding aside, Hegyi is one scary dude. After he allegedly coerced the girl into sending explicit photos, he threatened the girl’s family if she did not send more.
“If you don’t want any of this to happen, you need to send more pics without your face in them. You have 60 minutes starting now,” Hegyi said in a March message on Kik.
He is then said to have sent the pictures of the victim to her parents and claimed to have also sent them to students at her school.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg. I urge you read the linked article to see how mentally disturbed this assclown was.
I think it goes without saying, you need to know who your children are talking to on social media. Check all the accounts.
36-year-old Andrew Potter of Independence, Missouri, was arrested by the Faulkner County (Ark.) Sheriff’s Office for allegedly exchanging child porn with undercover investigators. FCSO investigators reportedly found Potter on Kik, in a group called ‘pedheaven’. Investigators posed as a man who was willing to let Potter have sex with his wife and possibly one of his kids. Potter was arrested in Faulkner County at the proposed meeting. Potter is also a registered sex offender and was said to have claimed to investigators he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old female. He is currently being held without bond.
Normally, I don’t follow high-profile stories like the saga of Anthony Weiner, but how could I not?
Recently, the former U.S. Representative was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for transferring obscene material to a 15-year-old girl over social media. Weiner communicated with the girl using Twitter, Skype, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Confide(?), and….wait for it…Kik.
21-year-old Joseph Meili, of Russellville, Missouri, has been charged in the alleged rape and kidnapping of an 11-year-old Republic girl he met through MeetMe. This is said to have taken place in July of this year after Meili picked the girl up from her home and took her back to an apartment in Springfield. The victim was reportedly being raped while police were searching for her. She was found at home after Meili dropped her off. While investigating, police are said to have found evidence that a rape did take place. To make matters worse, authorities say Meili gave the victim an STI.
When police contacted Meili reports say he tried using the ‘she said she was 18’ defense by saying the victim’s MeetMe profile said she was 18. Many people would say that should be defense enough against the charges. I’ve heard it so many times before, “Do you know how many girls look like they’re 18?” Really? Even when they’re eleven? Either way, it’s immaterial because if the charges are correct he forcibly had sex with the girl, you know, rape.
Again, MeetMe is no place for children. It’s a social app mostly used by people who are looking for a hook up. While its terms of service say users have to be at least 13, app stores rate the app as M for Mature, meaning no one under 17 should use it. The victim was able to create an account using her mother’s phone. As far as I’m concerned, that’s inexcusable. Not only should you know what your kids are doing on their devices, but you damn well better know what they’re doing on yours.
In case you didn’t know, MocoSpace is a dating/chat/games app that is primarily geared toward the Latino and African-American communities. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the seedier social apps out there. That’s not an indictment on race, but an indictment on the app itself. In my opinion, it’s in the same vein as MeetMe, being little more than an online meat market.
Mocospace, really had its heyday during the MySpace years when it was more of a website than an app, and that’s when our story begins. In 2012, Ryan Antoine Reynolds, of Detroit, Michigan, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman he had met through MocoSpace. Police say Reynolds also robbed the woman and drove off after raping her. Reynolds was also accused of allegedly raping and robbing another woman in 2014 after dragging her off the street into his car.
The charges had been dismissed by prosecutors, but have recently been refiled. Prosecutors have been mysteriously quiet on why the charges have been refiled.
Just out of my own curiosity, I’m going to be keeping a special eye on this case and will post updates as they become available.
22-year-old Thomas Evans Conway of St. Paul, Minnesota, was recently arrested under Minnesota’s revenge porn law. Conway is accused of allegedly posting explicit pictures of his ex on Reddit while linking back to his ex’s Snapchat account. The victim was clearly identifiable in the pictures according to reports. The victim found the pictures posted online after she received an abundance of friend requests on Snapchat. I can only imagine how those requests must have read. “Hey bb wanna trade noods?” Knowing Reddit, that probably would have been the most polite request.
While technically this is a Reddit revenge porn story, the Snapchat connection allows me to discuss Minnesota’s revenge porn law. Bottom line, it’s no joke. It’s a felony that could lead to three years in jail, a $5000 fine or both. I’ve seen child predators get less jail time, so think about that the next time you want to post naked pics of your ex, or anyone else for that matter, to get back at them.
I know I talk about “To Catch A Predator” a lot. I became fascinated with the show just to hear the excuses the alleged predators would use after Chris Hansen would ask them to take a seat. The excuses used were usually something lame like “We were just going to hang out”, or absurd like “I came here to teach this little lady about the dangers of the internet.” So when I see one of these implausible excuses in print, they usually find their way to one of my websites.
This time the subject is 39-year-old Jeremy McClusky of Monroe City, Missouri. McClusky was arrested recently for allegedly exchanging sexual messages with a 14-year-old female student on the mobile messaging app Kik. I know, I’m as surprised as you are it wasn’t Snapchat, but I digress. The girl’s father found the messages between McClusky and the girl and contacted police. According to reports the discussions included such subjects as the girl “losing her virginity and her performing a sex act on McClusky.”
Before we get to the excuse, we have some victim blaming to add to the story. McClusky allegedly claimed the girl came on to him. In no way does that excuse anything. You are a middle-aged man in a position of authority over this girl. If you’re not immediately turning her down and informing her parents and probably the school board, you’re not worth your teaching diploma. Instead, McClusky claims he was counseling the student over self harm and was using the sexual messages “to help maintain her trust towards him.” And there it is, the ludicrous excuse that is supposed to justify deviant behavior. That’s also the technical definition of sexually grooming a child, so there you go.
25-year-old Christopher Mahla was a teacher and girls soccer coach in Roseville, Michigan. He’s since been removed from his position after being arrested for allegedly sending explicit pictures of himself to at least two female students on Snapchat. He is also accused of asking for explicit pictures of the students in return. The two female students police know of are the ones who turned him in.
While Mahla is getting what he deserves, if the charges are true, he’s being held on $200,000 bond. The last teacher I posted about who sent explicit pictures to students was held on only $20,000 bond. What’s the difference? The previous teacher is female. I realize there are differing laws in different jurisdictions, but there seems to be a large disparity in bond and sentences between male and female offenders. They both appear to be a danger to children, but we largely give female offenders a pass because we somehow think that teenage boys don’t require the same level of protection from female predators. A pervert paradox if you will.
Police believe there may be more victims.
Anyone else who may have been a victim or who knows of one should contact the Roseville Police Detective Bureau at (586) 447-4510.
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.