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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.

Fake craigslist ad offering kids for sex receives 1,000 responses

Fake craigslist ad offering kids for sex receives 1,000 responses

Police in the state of Washington, received over a thousand responses after posting ads on craigslist that purported to be offering children for sex. One of the ads was entitled “New to Spokane. Young fam fun.” Out of those thousand responses police managed to arrest 40 people who were looking to basically rape children. Only two of those arrested were registered sex offenders. Even a married couple was arrested where the husband allegedly claimed that his wife had fantasies of having sex with a child but never had the opportunity.

The number of responses to these fake ads show that there are obviously real ads on craigslist where children are being traded for sex. It is well within craigslist’s power to do something about these ads but they continue to fail to do so. Not only are there software solutions to this problem, but there are companies that specialize in moderating this kind of content. In the past craigslist has banned ads for unlocked iPhones when that was still frowned upon but continues to do nothing about the obvious sexual predators that inhabit their site.

The problem is that even with all the bad publicity that craigslist receives for being a blatant repository for the child sex trade, it hasn’t cost the company any money. People still continue to use the site supporting it financially and unfortunately I don’t know what it would take to get people to stop. If child rape isn’t enough to make them quit then I don’t know what is.

Kentucky Kik kreeper’s creator claims conspiracy

Kentucky Kik kreeper's creator claims conspiracy

Jonathen Howerton

24-year-old Jonathen Howerton, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, was arrested late last month for allegedly trying to meet a minor for sex over the mobile messaging app Kik. Howerton was actually corresponding with an undercover investigator and was said to be carrying a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest where he thought he would be meeting the minor.

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In response to these charges, Howerton’s father seems to be claiming that his son was a victim of police entrapment…

“Honest opinion, it’s partially entrapment,” he said. “I don’t see how they can legally do it. Yes, the intent was there. Was an actual crime committed? No.”

Despite many claims to the contrary, that is not correct. For example, what if a suspect solicited an undercover investigator to murder someone while thinking the investigator was a hitman? Under that logic, since the investigator wasn’t an actual hitman there was no crime committed. In reality, that’s why they have the charge of attempted murder.

As I’ve said in the past, not only is blood thicker than water, it’s also dumber.

Kik kreeper receives incriminating message while in questioning

Kik kreeper receives incriminating message while in questioning

Kaalum Scott

18-year-old Kaalum Scott, of Osceola County, Florida, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Scott reportedly met the girl last year, you know…when she was TWELVE, and recently looked her up on the mobile messaging app Kik. He is then said to have threatened the girl over Kik by sending her a picture of himself with a gun while threatening violence against her and her family if she didn’t ‘have sex’ with him. Scott allegedly got his way before his victim told her family.

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While being questioned by police Scott at first denied everything, but while in questioning police say that his phone went off after receiving a new Kik message from a male friend…

The affidavit states Scott’s phone went off in the interview room with a message on Kik that read, “See, that is why I told you not to send her any pictures or anything, just deny everything!”

This would be almost comical if we weren’t discussing the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

13-years-old is the minimum age to be on Kik according to their terms of service. Maybe that’s why it’s so attractive to the plethora of sex offenders and pedophiles that infest its network.

Woman tries to have ex’s pregnant wife raped through craigslist

Woman tries to have ex's wife raped through craigslist

Michelle Suzanne Hadley

29-year-old Michelle Suzanne Hadley, of Ontario, California, was arrested for allegedly trying to arrange a rape of her ex-boyfriend’s pregnant wife through craigslist. Police say that Hadley placed ‘rape fantasy’ ads on craigslist posing as the victim…

“Hadley is accused of telling the responders that the victim wanted the responders to have forcible sexual intercourse with her, even if she screamed or resisted,” the district attorney’s office said.

In case you were wondering, yes, there are desperate enough losers who think ads like this are real. Unfortunately men did start showing up at the victim’s home in Anaheim. One suspect even physically attacked the woman before she could call for help. That man is still on the loose.

Hadley had been arrested for these ads back in late June but was recently arrested again, while out on bail, for allegedly continuing to harass and threaten the victim with violence. She’s now being held on $1M bond.

Sadly, this is hardly the first case of craigslist being used for what I call rape by proxy. Just off the top of my head I can remember Jebidiah James Stipe who had his ex-girlfriend raped through craigslist three states away, the unidentified man from Kannapolis, North Carolina, who had his wife raped by another man through craigslist, and Justin Crawford who tried to have his wife raped through craigslist, but she was able to fight off her attackers.

Again, it comes down to the fact that craigslist continues to leave their ads largely unmoderated unless it suits their needs, as Hadley was reportedly able to continually post ads soliciting men to try to rape her victim.

KCK man tried to sell 2-year-old for sex on craigslist

KCK man tried to sell 2-year-old for sex on craigslist

Zachary Taylor Garrett

Even though this arrest happened late last month, there’s not a lot of details concerning this story. What is known is that late in June, 22-year-old Zachary Taylor Garrett, of Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell a two-year-old child on craigslist for the purposes of someone having sex with the child.

What hasn’t been made public is Garrett’s relationship to the child, which was probably done to protect the child’s identity. However, it’s currently unknown if the child belonged to Garrett or not. Another detail that hasn’t been made clear is who placed the craigslist ad that Garrett responded to. One report states that the ad was posted by someone else but doesn’t go into much detail after that. Garrett allegedly offered the child to undercover investigators, but it’s unknown if they were the ones who posted the ad, and it’s unclear what the ad was requesting. Unfortunately, someone selling a child for sex on craigslist is not exactly an uncommon occurrence.

As I’ve long lamented, as long as craigslist refuses to moderate their ads depraved acts like this will continue to occur on its pages, and as long as we act indifferently towards craigslist they’ll continue to allow it.

UPDATE 7/21/2016: In an article I just found from back in June from Fox 4, Garrett’s neighbors say that he lived with a woman and the child and that the woman worked while he stayed home.

Snapchat scum crossed country to ‘have sex’ with minor

Snapchat scum crossed country to 'have sex' with minor

Jonathan Christy

Before we get to the heart of the story, I have to go on another one of my rants about the term ‘having sex’ when it comes to minors who can not legally consent to sex. WMUR in New Hampshire used the headline ‘Police say California man met NH girl on Snapchat, arranged sexual encounter’, while Fox 25 in Boston used ‘Police: Man used Snapchat to have sexual relationship with 14-year-old’. This story is neither about an encounter nor a relationship, it’s about an alleged sexual predator who used deception in order to ‘have sex’ with a minor who could not legally consent to sex. When did we stop calling this rape, statutory or otherwise? But again, I digress.

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27-year-old Jonathan Christy, of Placentia, California, is said to have met a 14-year-old New Hampshire girl on Snapchat. He reportedly bought the girl a cellphone before he flew across the country to meet her in New Hampshire. He then picked her up from her middle school where he allegedly ‘had sex’ with her in his hotel room, or in more proper terms, where he allegedly raped her. He then left town shortly thereafter.

You can’t tell me that someone who bought a girl a cell phone that her parents wouldn’t know about, who also picked her up from middle school, then reportedly snuck out-of-town, was interested in a relationship? Hardly. In my opinion this guy is an alleged rapist and should be treated as such. We also need to stop tip-toeing around the term just because some people find it ‘unpleasant’.

Lastly to parents, you need to talk to your kids and let them know that any adult that is contacting them online that purports to understand them better, or says that they should be treated more like adults. is only after one thing, and it’s not a relationship.

18-year-old Kik kreeper demanded bestiality videos from 13-year-old victim

18-year-old Kik kreeper demanded bestiality videos from 13-year-old victim

Late last month, Federal investigators arrested 18-year-old Michael Bryant Marin of Port Chester, New York, for allegedly sexually exploiting a 13-year-old girl through the mobile messaging app Kik. Sexually exploiting is putting it mildly as Marin is said to have harassed his victim into committing explicit acts against the New Mexico girl’s will.

As is the norm with a lot of these stories, Marin is said to have posed as a minor, using the screen name ‘mike___2016’ in order to gain the girl’s confidence before requesting she send him nude photos. Once Marin received the photos he reportedly tried blackmailing the victim into sending more explicit photos and videos, even requesting a video where he demanded the victim to commit an act of bestiality.

The FBI believes that Marin may have more victims…

If you have information to report, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s White Plains Resident Agency at 914-989-6000.

Even glossing over the bestiality request, a sentence I’d never thought I’d ever type, I can already tell some of you are saying that the age difference between Marin and his victim isn’t that bad, and you’d be wrong. Even if we were talking about physical contact, no Romeo and Juliet laws in the U.S., to my knowledge, cover an age gap of 5 years, and even if this girl was old enough to consent to sex, any explicit images taken of someone under 18 is considered child porn. So save it for someone who cares.

As I usually close these stories, Kik is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles, and they run the gamut in age. While 13-years-old is the minimum age allowed on Kik, talk to your kids about what should be considered proper behavior before one of these predators does.

Sex offender spits blood at victim during sentencing

Sex offender spits blood at victim during sentencing

Clifford W. Wares

I’ve inadvertently posted about Clifford W. Wares of Warwick, New York, before. The first was in 2009 when he was arrested for allegedly sending obscene material to an underage girl on MySpace. The second time was in 2013 when he was arrested in a ‘primitive encampment’ in New York where he was allegedly using Facebook to extort underage girls into having sex with him. As I have mentioned in the past, in this and many other instances the term ‘having sex’ should actually be called child rape, but I digress. When I posted the second story I was unaware that I had posted about Wares before.

Ware was recently in the news again when he was sentenced in federal court to life behind bars for, as NJ.com puts it, six counts including interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct, production of child pornography, online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and making interstate extortionate threats.

While the fact that a scumbag like Ware was sentenced to life should be newsworthy, that’s not exactly why he grabbed headlines. After one of his victims gave her impact statement Ware actually spat blood at her. This was a girl who was 13 when Ware threatened her when she refused to engage in bestiality for him. It didn’t end there either…

When court resumed, Wares observed the proceedings via closed-circuit camera in a holding cell, wearing a clear mask. Even under those circumstances, Wares was defiant, promising vengeance.

“It’s not hard to get out, and when I do, oh, there’s going to be problems,” he said.

Wares also pointed a middle finger at the camera after he completed his statement.

I feel so bad for his victim having to deal with this psychopath again like that but I admire her courage for being able to stand up to that monster so he could be put away forever.

Unfortunately, I doubt that this will be the last we hear from Wares. I don’t think he’ll ever see daylight again but I can imagine the appeals process that he’ll use to his advantage to further threaten and terrify.

Nancy Grace to Leave HLN: Good Riddance

Nancy Grace to Leave HLN: Good Riddance

I’m not exactly sure when my disdain for Nancy Grace started. If I had to hazard a guess I would say it was when the Melinda Duckett incident happened. For those who may not remember, back in 2006 a child by the name of Trenton Duckett went missing. His mother, Melinda, was thought to be a person of interest in his disappearance but no arrest had been made before she appeared on Nancy Grace’s Show. Grace relentlessly hammered at Melinda Duckett asking her where Trenton was. Melinda Duckett broke down on-screen and committed suicide the next day. To this day Trenton has not been found. Grace was sued by Melinda Duckett’s family and the lawsuit was settled back in 2010, but not after Grace sued to keep her deposition in the lawsuit private. I personally thought that Grace should have been charged with interfering in an investigation but my legal knowledge is limited in that aspect.

I guess my distaste for her increased while she was pummeling the American public with her incessant coverage of the Casey Anthony story. To be honest I was even posting about Casey Anthony since there was a MySpace angle to the story at the time, but once psychics and Nancy Grace got involved I stopped. At the time it seemed like I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Grace droning on about the ‘Tot Mom’. Grace basically took the most negligent woman to ever dare call herself a mother and made her a celebrity.

A few years after the Casey Anthony story broke it became personal between Nancy Grace and myself. In 2008 she appeared on an online call-in show that predated today’s livestreams. I called into the show because I wanted to bring attention to the story of 5-year-old Giovanni Gonzalez from Massachusetts, who disappeared after a weekend with his father. The story received little media attention outside of their local area so I asked Ms. Grace if she would consider it for her show. She asked me for as much information as I could provide and said that she would look into it. While talking to her I felt like I was selling my soul to the devil but I thought it was worth it if it could get national media attention for Giovanni. Giovanni was never featured on her show. Outside of a brief mention on America’s Most Wanted, Giovanni never received any national media attention. One could argue that it may have been because Giovanni didn’t fit the description of Grace’s usual subjects, white, blonde, and female. Much like Trenton Duckett, Giovanni Gonzalez has yet to be found.

Fast forward to 2013 when I was contacted by a producer for the Nancy Grace Show. He asked me if I’d ever consider joining the show to talk about various cases. Even though I think she is everything wrong with crime journalism, not that I’m a journalist by any stretch of the imagination, I had full intentions of selling out if they responded to my acceptance. They never did. I had no delusions of them ever hiring me although if they did I wonder if I would have stayed for the money or would I have eventually ‘dropped the mic’ so to speak.

Now it’s being reported that she’s finally leaving her show at HLN. She’s been quoted as saying…

“I will continue my fight for justice across a variety of traditional and new media, where victims’ voices can reach an entirely engaged audience.”

If I had to hazard a guess, it sounds like she’s going to attempt some kind of online project whether it be through social media or some form of video. If that’s the case it could be the biggest disaster since Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s Vault. The internet has a long memory and a low tolerance for bullshit artists. If her next project is to be online it is doomed to be a short one and we’ll all be better for it.