Author Archive: Trench Reynolds

16 year independent crime, news and opinion blogger.

Fort Wayne Snapchat Sleaze was also Kik Kreeper to 12-year-old NH girl

Fort Wayne Snapchat Sleaze was also Kik Kreper to 12-year-old NH girl

Joseph Coder

34-year-old Joseph Coder, of Fort Wayne Indiana, has been charged with several crimes involving Snapchat, Kik, and a 12-year-old girl from New Hampshire. Police say that the victim was introduced to Coder in a group chat by one of the victim’s friends. Coder is then said to have given his cell phone number to the victims. Over the various messaging and photo sharing apps they exchanged explicit images of each other. They both claimed to be 16 online but eventually she told Coder she was 12, And Coder allegedly told the girl that he was 23. Then Coder allegedly coerced the girl to send him naked pictures of her 10-year-old sister. When Coder was said to ask for pictures of the girl’s friends, she broke the ‘relationship’ off with Coder. In an interview with police, Coder is said to have admitted that he knew the girl was 12.

According to the terms of service for apps like Kik and Snapchat, a user needs to be at least 13 years of age in order to use their services, however there is no way they can verify a users’ age. In my opinion, due to the amount of predators that inhabit both services, I would recommend not letting any child on them until they were 18. For the parents of pre-teens with cell phones, tablets, and laptops, you may want to think about securing their devices at night. You may trust your child implicitly, but can you trust the stranger on the other end of the conversation?

Central Mich. college student caught in Snapchat exchange with 12-year-old girl

Central Mich. college student caught in Snapchat exchange with 12-year-old girl

Brendan Andrew Baia

Former Central Michigan University Student Brendan Andrew Baia, 19, was recently arrested for allegedly exchanging explicit Snapchats with a 12-year-old girl. Baia has left the school after the criminal charges were levied against him. Even at the young age of 19, Baia seems to hit all the stereotypical online predator tropes.

He is said to have referred to this victim as ‘little girl’ and made the girl address him as ‘daddy’. When confronted by the girl’s mother, he said that he thought the victim was ‘turning 16 soon’. When the girl’s mother accused him of preying on other girls he had quite the unusual response…

“Now I’m petrified to think about the things I thought were pleasurable before and that’s how it should be.”

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Lastly, he told police that his explicit exchanges with the girl were “only fantasy”. If he had said they were only going to ‘hang out’ we would have had online predator Bingo.

Even if the victim was about to turn 16, that would mean that not only would she be under the age of consent in Michigan, but the explicit images he received from her would still be child porn.

I have to commend the girl’s mother. After the girl started appearing depressed, she had the presence of mind to check the girl’s phone where she found evidence of the Snapchat exchanges between her daughter and Baia. However, parents need to be reminded that no matter how cute the Snapchat filters are, it’s not really a place for unsupervised children due to the messaging feature and the perceived notion that the messages and pictures disappear.

TN suspect charged with prostituting 15-year-old on Backpage

TN suspect charged with prostituting 15-year-old on Backpage

Brockett Lang

Brockett Lang, age not mentioned, was arrested by the FBI and Sullivan County detectives in Tennessee, for allegedly prostituting a 15-year-old girl on Backpage. Lang was charged with trafficking a child for a commercial sex act, which under a new law is a felony carrying a possible 12 year sentence. If there’s any good news to come from this story is that the girl was not being treated as a criminal and is being treated as a victim.

Even though Backpage may be in its financial and legal death throes that doesn’t mean that the problem of children being prostituted on their site has gone away. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that once again this is taking place not only in major urban markets, but as this and many other stories point out, it’s also taking place in small towns and rural areas. This isn’t a niche crime, it’s occurring everywhere and it’s a problem that demands all of our attention.

Michigan craigslist killing leaves father of two dead

Michigan craigslist killing leaves father of two dead

49-year-old Todd Terry, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, was recently shot and killed after responding to a craigslist ad in nearby Inkster. The article and corresponding video doesn’t specify what the ad was for, but since the article makes reference to the fact that Mr. Terry liked to restore bicycles and mopeds It was more than likely for one of those. Tragically there was no moped or bike to be bought as Mr. Terry’s family have indicated that he was killed just for the money he was carrying.

A suspect by the name of Tremayne Alexander has been charged with Mr. Terry’s murder and is allegedly responsible for two other similar crimes in the area.

Todd Terry’s widow is urging others to forgo craigslist…

“They’re creating something that’s not in existence for you to come and bring what? $100? $50? With the plans to kill you. So I tell people to run from it. Don’t even look at it. Don’t even open it up. I wish Craigslist was shut down,” Yvette Terry said.

As I’ve said in the past, due to craigslist’s low threshold of entry, anyone can post an ad saying just about anything they want. This lack of oversight by craigslist has not only led to numerous scams and robberies, but has also led to a multitude of rapes and murders. Craigslist has become nothing but a trap, luring in an overabundance of victims.

Mr. Terry also left behind two sons ages 16 and 13, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account. By all accounts Mr. Terry was a great man. Please donate if you can.

Partial motive revealed in Alpine High shooting

Partial motive revealed in Alpine High shooting

Alpine High School

The police department in Alpine, Texas, have said that the still unnamed 14-year-old shooter was planning to shoot her 14-year-old stepbrother at Alpine High School. Instead, the 17-year-old girl who was shot interrupted the shooter’s plans by entering the school rest room. The shooter fired at the other girl, wounding her. The shooter then turned the gun on herself and took her own life. What is not known at this time is why the shooter wanted to kill her stepbrother. Due to the ages of everyone involved, none of their identities have been released.

I’ll post more as details become available and time allows.

Supreme Court rejects Backpage appeal to keep sex trafficking records private

Backpage granted temporary stay from Supreme Court

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to block a Senate subpoena that had requested Backpage turn over its internal records regarding its alleged role in online prostitution and sex trafficking. In case you haven’t been following the story, back in August, a federal judge gave Backpage ten days to turn over its records to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The subcommittee has been investigating Backpage for some time and has been attempting to get these records for almost a year. Backpage was given a stay after that ruling, but soon afterwards the stay was lifted. This prompted Backpage to appeal to the Supreme Court, which as I mentioned refused to block the subpoena. The Supreme Court’s ruling makes Backpage’s deadline to turn over records right about…now.

While Backpage has seem to run out of their judicial bag of tricks they still seem to be hemming and hawing about turning over the records

“The volume of documents and data required to be processed, reviewed, redacted and logged renders production of every last responsive document and complete privilege logs by September 13, 2016 impossible regardless of best efforts,” the company’s lawyers said, adding that they hoped the tens of thousands of pages they were producing would be evidence of good faith.

My main concern is when it comes to Ferrer himself. If any legislative action is handed down I’m afraid he’ll just head back to The Netherlands where Backpage’s parent company is located, and where Ferrer helps run other sex sites that are even less subtle than Backpage. However, this now oft-repeated quote continues to make my day…

Backpage lawyer Liz McDougall declined to comment.

As always though, you shouldn’t count out Backpage just yet. They have more lives than the proverbial cat, and if history is any indicator, greed is a powerful motivator for evil to survive.

60-year-old Wisconsin veterinarian charged with being Backpage sex trafficker

60-year-old Wisconsin veterinarian charged with being Backpage sex trafficker

Brian Lee Kersten

60-year=old Brian Lee Kersten is a veterinarian from Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, which has a population of not quite 3,000. I’m sure you can just imagine the kindly looking old man mending injured puppies or delivering a litter of kittens, but police consider him part of a major sex trafficking ring.

Kersten is not only accused of allegedly trying to trick a woman into prostituting herself on Backpage by promising her a legitimate job, but he’s also accused of travelling to China, with an associate, in order to being back girls and women into the country illegally to work as prostitutes for him.

This shows that sexual slavery, and Backpage’s involvement, is not just a big city problem and it’s not just being committed by minorities, like some people think. It’s also in small town America being committed by local businessmen or supposed pillars of the community. Because of Backpage, sexual slavery, human trafficking and child prostitution is happening all over our country.

Trench’s further adventures in Linux: Enchantment OS

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One of my favorite things, as a Linux fan, is to read the weekly issues of Distrowatch’s ‘Distrowatch Weekly’, and seeing what new Linux distros are being added to their database. In the August 29th issue, under the ‘Distributions added to waiting list’ section was a distro called Enchantment OS, and it was described as follows…

Enchantment OS is a Linux distribution which is based on Xubuntu LTS and designed with less technical users in mind.

Ok, so it’s billed as a beginner’s Linux distro, but it’s much more. First off, the Enchantment OS website is professional looking. Sometimes if a distro’s website is janky looking, I won’t download the distro. The only compalint I have about the website is that the distro is a straight download from Sourceforge. I’d have preferred a torrent download, but if a distro is a newer one it may not have the users to torrent. Enchantment OS also offers pre-installed USB sticks and DVDs for sale along with a paperback guide for the distro. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a distro that was so encouraging to new Linux users. I can’t offer a review on the book since I can’t afford the $30, but I’m not above taking a free review copy if Enchantment wants to send me one. (hint, hint)

After downloading the distro, I installed it onto my Acer Cloudbook 14 with its 2 GB of RAM and 32GB hard drive. I had no problems with installation as I had with some other distros like Zorin OS and Linux Lite. It’s a very nice and clean-looking distro with all the software you might need. and not a lot of unnecessary applications. After downloading all the programs I needed, that weren’t included with the distro, I still had 18 GB left on the hard drive, Compared to the 3GB I had left after the last Windows 10 update, 18 GB is plenty.

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It boots fast, It has some great looking wallpaper choices that comes with it and, as one famous company once said. it just works. The one thing I didn’t care for was Enchantment’s Software Boutique, basically its app store. Instead of being able to search through it, you can only browse through it. However, Enchantment, in its Software Boutique, also offers you the option to download any other software manager like the Ubintu software store which I prefer. It also comes with Firefox Fast browser pre-installed, which is a really good privacy browser with the best ad and flash blocking extensions pre-installed.

If you were to sit a Windows user in front of a machine that had Enchantment OS installed on it, they should have no problem using the machine, but as with most Linux distros they’ll probably need their hands held for a few things. I would imagine that’s where the Enchantment OS book comes in.

As a regular user of Linux, I love Enchantment OS, and it is now currently my favorite distro. It comes with the XFCE desktop, and is based on the long-term supported Xubuntu 16.04, so you won’t have to do a fresh install every six months. In closing of my disjointed review, I give Enchantment OS the full Trench Reynolds’ seal of approval.

Initial thoughts on the Alpine High shooting

Alpine High School

Alpine High School

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the tragedy that unfolded at Alpine High in Alpine, Texas. A 14-year-old female shot and wounded another female student before the shooter took her own life. As of right now I have not heard anything about the shooter’s name or any kind of motive. I could speculate but there’s really no point in that.

What I would like to address at this point is a quote from this article by the Dallas Morning News

The shooter, who was 14 and who authorities initially believed was another victim, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, adding that his department had never had to deal with a situation like this before.

“It’s not supposed to happen here,” he said.

Please, for the love of God, stop saying this. As I’ve said before these shootings tend to happen in smaller communities rather than big cities. I’m sure many of us would have never heard of Paducah, Jonesboro, Littleton or Newtown if it wasn’t for the calamities that happened at these locations.

We need to stop having this mindset, because it’s unfortunately been proven wrong over and over again.

UPDATE 9/11/2016: Authorities have said that the shooter and the victim did not know each other. It was also mentioned that bullying has not been discussed as a motive in the shooting.

Backpage granted temporary stay by Supreme Court

Backpage granted temporary stay from Supreme Court

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer

In my previous post about Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer, I mentioned that it would be more difficult for Backpage to appeal to the Supreme Court after being ordered by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to turn over their internal records to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Not surprisingly, that didn’t stop Ferrer and Backpage from filing an appeal with the US Supreme Court today, who granted them a temporary stay. In the ruling the court gave Senate lawyers until the 9th to respond.

Once again, like the scoundrel and coward that he is, Ferrer is trying to hide behind the First Amendment claiming that the ads Backpage hosts for prostitution are protected speech. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the First Amendment was crafted so that a free press could question the government without fear of reprisal. It wasn’t meant for shady businessmen to make profits from those who peddle other human beings in the sex trade.

Hopefully logic and basic human decency will prevail and Backpage will lose this appeal as well. If that does happen, it will be interesting to see if Backpage attempts to defy an order from the Supreme Court.