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Backpage ordered to comply with Congressional investigation

Backpage ordered to comply with Congressional investigation

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

I wish I hadn’t put off blogging for so long, because it turns out this story is kind of time sensitive.

This past Friday, a federal judge gave Backpage just 10 days to turn over documentation requested by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. This is the subcommittee that has been investigating Backpage’s alleged role in the sex trafficking of women and children on its website. Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer has argued that the Senate’s investigation violates Backpage’s right to free speech and violates due process. The judge disagreed in her ruling and gave Backpage to the 15th to submit the requested documentation.

It will be interesting to see how Backpage reacts since their strategy up to this point has been to run and hide. When Ferrer was subpoenaed to appear before congress last year, his reaction was to simply not show up claiming business matters in Amsterdam were more pressing. This led to the Senate holding Backpage in contempt and being the first entity in 20 to be sued by the Senate.

I don’t know if I can wait to see what Backpage has up their sleeve this time. If this is any indication…

Backpage attorney Elizabeth McDougell declined to comment.

…then Backpage may finally be out of tricks.

Mass. man tries to get girls in his van with Pokemon Go

Mass. man tries to get girls to play Pokemon Go in his van

Sketch of the suspect

Sketch of the suspect

From the interdepartmental cooperation between the ‘It was bound to happen’ Department and the ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’ Department comes this story from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. This past weekend a man described as being in his 20s, allegedly tried to get three 11-year-old girls into his van by asking them to play Pokemon Go.

He is described as a slim, well-built, dark-skinned male in his 20s with tattoos on both of his arms and chest. He was not wearing a shirt at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident, the person of interest or his vehicle is urged to call the Bridgewater Police Department Detective Division at 508-697-6118.

In this day and age, everything innocent unfortunately becomes perverted.

Why you shouldn’t let your 12-year-old on Snapchat

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The father of a 12-year-old girl has taken to the local media to warn others about what his daughter went through. The girl was approached by a man on Snapchat who attempted to coerce the girl into sending explicit photos of her.

“She’s just distraught, my daughter is usually just a little ray of sunshine, and she is sobbing,” the victim’s father described his daughter’s reaction to someone sending her a photo of a young girl, naked from chin to torso.

“It felt like rape. That’s what it felt like to me. I’m a dad to a son and a daughter, and in that moment, [it felt like] this is a rape victim because someone halfway across the world touched her on the internet,” he exclaimed.

While some parents may think that Snapchat is harmless with its cutesy filters, it can also be a predator’s window to your children if they’re left to use it unattended.

Female Florida Kik kreeper molests girl she met through rapper’s Instagram

Female Florida Kik kreeper molests girl she met through rappers Instagram

Nicole Reeves

This story is so out there it makes my head hurt and I have to write it in simple sentences.

34-year-old Nicole Reeves, of Lake Worth, Florida, is a mother of two and a super-fan of the rapper Macklemore. You know, the Thrift Shop guy. Let’s not forget that fan is short for fanatic.

A 12-year-old girl from new Hampshire starts to follow Macklemore’s Instagram account. Ms. Reeves reportedly strikes up a friendship with this girl over their mutual admiration for the rapper. Ms. Reeves also allegedly claims that she is the leader of a Macklemore fan club. She isn’t.

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The girl, who is now 14, and her family had visited Reeves and her kids in Florida and Reeves had visited the girl and her family in New Hampshire.

Somewhere along the line in those 2 years Reeves allegedly used Kik to lure the girl into a ‘sexual relationship’. She allegedly told the girl that she loved her. The girl’s mom felt the two were being too close during Reeves’ visit and went through her daughter’s cell phone where she found the Kik messages.

I’m actually dumbfounded on this one. I have no clever quips or warnings for parents. I think that this offbeat story speaks well enough for itself.

TN man missing after hiring caretaker from craigslist

TN man missing after hiring caretaker from craigslist

Ellis Vogt and ‘Janie’

59-year-old Ellis Vogt, of Fayette County, Tennessee, has been missing from his some since at least July 30th. Police are also looking for a woman known only as ‘Janie’, whom Vogt hired off of craigslist to work as a caregiver. Vogt has previously had a stroke and requires medication.

The unknown woman and Vogt may be traveling in Mr. Vogt’s 1999 dark green Plymouth Voyager with Tennessee handicap license plate 100DD31.

If you have information about where these two may be, call the Fayette County Sheriff’s hotline at 901-466-0030.

I’ll post updates as they become available and as time allows.

Craigslist ad for adult videos leads to Virginia Beach rape charges

Craigslist ad for adult videos leads to Virginia Beach rape charges

31-year-old Robert Cox, of Virginia Beach, is accused of allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman who responded to his craigslist ad. Both the article and accompanying video state that the ad was for adult videos, but doesn’t specify what aspect of adult videos the ad was about. One could surmise that the ad was for an adult video audition. The victim went to a warehouse space that Cox was renting and claims that she changed her mind about the meeting and offered to clean the warehouse instead. It was then Cox was said to have raped the woman.

Even though the woman responded to a craigslist ad for adult videos, and even though she may have known she was going to a porn audition, and even though she changed her mind about it once she was there, none of that is ever an excuse for rape. Although the article doesn’t state it, one has to wonder if Cox has any connection to porn or was he just using the ad in an attempt to deceive women into having sex with him? In case you’re lacking any sense of moral decency, that would be considered rape as well.

Master T from Missouri wanted to breed future sex slaves with 16-year-old girl

Master T from Missouri wanted to breed future sex slaves

35-year-old Timothy Gilmore, of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, has been arrested for allegedly posting child porn online of a 16-year-old girl from Fort Wayne, Indiana, but the charges don’t even come close to telling the whole story. It’s not made known in the article how Gilmore met his victim, but he allegedly used the pervert trifecta of Tumblr, Kik and Snapchat to communicate with her. According to authorities, Gilmore made the girl refer to him as ‘Master T’ while he referred to her as ‘slave’. This may indicate to some people that this was a consensual BDSM relationship, but not only did Gilmore have another woman, who the victim was made to address as Mistress, order the teen around, but Gilmore allegedly wanted the girl to live with him when she turned 18 so he could breed future sex slaves with her. The child porn charges stem from when Gilmore is said to have posted images of the girl on Tumblr. Along with Kik, Tumblr is a popular destination among child porn traders.

What is it with Missouri and guys who want sex slaves? Ok, that’s actually unfair to Missouri, but this story reminds me of Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri. He took in a 16-year-old runaway and made her his personal sex slave. He not only traded her out to his friends but he sewed her vagina shut as a punishment. Sadly, that could have been the life of Gilmore’s victim if he had his way. He may be only looking at 15 years behind bars but he deserves much more.

Jennifer Parks’ killer has latest sentencing appeal denied

Jennifer Parks' killer has latest sentencing appeal denied

Jennifer Parks

It was 11 years ago today that 16-year-old Jennifer Parks, of Randolph, New Jersey, was brutally murdered by her neighbors, James and Jonathan Zarate. It may then be somewhat fitting that yesterday Jonathan Zarate had his latest sentencing appeal denied. Jonathan Zarate was 18 at the time of Jennifer’s murder and was convicted and sentenced to life in 2009.

Zarate’s latest appeal claimed that his counsel was ineffective by not further pursuing an insanity defense. The courts ruled that Zarate’s counsel did adequately pursue those options before pursuing a defense of diminished capacity.

Someone asked me earlier today if there is one particular crime that I’ve posted about that sticks out in my mind. That answer will always be Jennifer’s murder. Not only was it particularly violent, but it’s probably the most senseless murder I’ve ever posted about. Jennifer had so much potential to bring the world and the fact that she wasn’t able to is a travesty.

New reward and new age progressed photo for Erica Parsons

Erica Parsons' new missing poster

Erica Parsons’ new missing poster

Yesterday, the FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the location of Erica Parsons. If you’ll recall, Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina, but no one can prove that the woman, allegedly Irene ‘Nan’ Goodman, actually exists. The Parsonses also continued to collect the government benefits for Erica while she was missing. They were convicted of fraud and are currently serving out their sentences.

The FBI and the NCMEC also released a new age progressed photo of Erica. If she is still alive she would now be 18. The photo can be seen above and at the NCMEC website.

If you know where to find her, call the Rowan County Sheriff’s at 704-216-8700 or FBI Charlotte 704-672-6100.

Adam Herrman’s adoptive father dies

Adam Herrman's adoptive father dies

Adam Herrman’s age progressed photo from 2014

Earlier this month Adam Herrman’s adopted father, 61-year-old Doug Herrman, passed away. Adam disappeared in 1999 at the age of 11, but his adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, did not report him missing until 2008. They continued collecting government benefits for Adam and were each sentenced to less than a year for fraud. They’ve both been considered suspects in Adam’s disappearance from Butler County, Kansas.

To this day Adam has yet to be found and in 2014 there was a $100,000 reward being offered for information leading to his recovery.

Anyone with information about Adam’s whereabouts or his disappearance is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or 316-322-4257.