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We get letters: What to do about a possible gun owning ex-con

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I received an e-mail not too long ago about a person who was featured on this site many years ago. The person in question committed a crime as a teen but was charged as an adult and was sentenced to prison time. Unfortunately, they weren’t sentenced to much prison time and they are now out of prison. This person is now the legal age to own a gun and they live in a gun friendly state. Back to the e-mail.

The e-mail I received was from someone who claimed that the person in question committed an armed crime against them. The matter is said to have been investigated by police but no arrest has ever come from it. Unfortunately, without a public record of arrest there’s not much that I can do about as far as making it public knowledge however, I did a little digging. I went to the Facebook of the person in question and it’s very pro 2nd-Amendment and anti-government. That’s their prerogative and all but I have yet to meet anyone that pro-gun without owning one. If memory serves me correctly people convicted of felonies in this country, no matter which state, are ineligible to own firearms for the rest of their lives. As far as I know the conviction has not been expunged.

So my question to you dear reader is this, what can be done at this point to ensure the safety of the community around this former felon who is possibly in possession of firearms?

Atlanta stepfather confronts Kik kreeper at truck stop shower

Atlanta stepfather confronts Kik kreeper at truck stop shower

Brian Grabia

An Atlanta, Georgia, stepfather is said to have noticed strange messages and pictures being sent to the phone of his 12-year-old stepson through Kik. The man then posed as his stepson and sent a reply to the alleged sender. The stepdad said “I’m 12. Do you have a problem with that?” The perpetrator messaged back “Well I thought you were 18, but that’s no problem” according to the stepfather. He then arranged to meet the man at truck stop shower stall where he collared 35-year-old Brian Grabia.

“He reached in to start taking his clothes off, reaching towards his stomach. At that point I jumped out of the shower and it all went down from there,” the stepfather said.

No word if ‘it all went down from there’ included a righteous ass whuppin’. Police did arrest Grabia and found him to be in possession of two cellphones which can be an indicator of a creeper.

While any father or stepfather worth their salt will always say they’ll beat the man whoever approaches their kids like that, in reality it’s best to leave things like this to police. While a beating may be deserved, not only can it jeopardize an investigation, it can lead to charges as well.

Florida realtor charged with rape of girl he met on Omegle

Florida realtor charged with rape of girl he met on Omegle

Benjamin Sovacool

35-year-old Benjamin Sovacool, a realtor from Naples, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having sex (child rape) with a 16-year-old girl that he met through the cam chatting site Omegle. Sovacool was allegedly fooling around with the victim at her house when a Sheriff’s deputy pulled up after a report of a strange car at the girl’s house. Police say that Sovacool took off out the back. Details on his actual arrest are sparse but one story says he tried telling police that he was in the area because of his real estate work.

As I have mentioned before, the search phrase ‘can I get arrested for using Omegle’ is one of the most common search phrases used to reach my website, more so than any search query involving Kik and Snapchat. However, I post more stories related to Kik and Snapchat than I do Omegle, which leads me to believe that Omegle is not being investigated by law enforcement as much as it should be.

Also as I’ve mentioned before for parents, Omegle is not an app, it’s a website that can be used by any device with a camera, that includes cell phones and tablets. Since it’s a website and not an app it may be more difficult to see if your kids are using it. In that case you should not only be checking what apps your kids have on their phones or tablets but also their browser history as well.

Be smarter than your kids and be smarter than the predators that seek to harm them. Your child’s welfare may depend on it.

Female Florida Kik Kreeper solicited 11-year-old boy for sex

Female Florida Kik Kreeper solicited 11-year-old boy for sex

Stephannie Figueroa

20-year-old Stephannie Figueroa worked at a martial arts studio in Orlando. Florida. It’s there where she is said to have met an 11-year-old male student whom she is accused of soliciting sex from over the mobile messaging app Kik. Not only did Figueroa allegedly touch the boy on the thigh at the karate school but also sent naked pics of herself to the boy on Kik, fifteen in the last three months. She is also accused of inviting the boy over to her 21st birthday party so they could have sex.

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This isn’t the youngest Kik victim, or Kiktim if you will, that’s been on the site, but he is the youngest that’s been solicited by a woman. Maybe I was a late bloomer, but when I was a 11 I was more concerned about Atari games than girls, and when I was old enough to date girls who were 20 most of them wanted to date guys who were over 21. What could a grown woman have possibly seen in an 11-year-old boy? Even if he was 6′ tall and 180 lbs. HE’S STILL 11-YEARS-OLD. He should be playing Minecraft and not worrying if his karate instructor is going to touch him in the no-no place. Let’s not forget that even though this kid was only 11 there’s still going to be idiots who say “I wish I had karate instructors like that when I was a kid”. If that’s you then you’re part of the problem. With that kind of attitude you’re encouraging the over-sexualization of children whether you realize it or not. Just because the alleged perpetrator in this case is female shouldn’t make any kind of difference not in the eyes of the law nor the eyes of society.

As I am wont to say, Kik is overrun with sex offenders and pedophiles, some of whom are women, and no 11-year-old needs to be on Kik because of them.

UPDATE 6/26/2016: Figueroa has pleaded not guilty and has been released on bond.

Twin Cities man charged with prostituting 17-year-old girl on Backpage

Twin Cities man charged with prostituting 17-year-old girl on Backpage

44-year-old Darryl Taylor of St. Paul, Minnesota, was recently charged with allegedly prostituting two adult women and a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. The 17-year-old was reportedly forced to have sex with 10 men a day for 3 days. Taylor is said to have kept the two adult women hooked on heroin and cocaine to keep them working for him. Like most pimps he would physically assault all of them by choking them or beating them and would keep the money they made for himself.

Speaking of making money, Taylor is said to have placed hundreds of ads of his victims on Backpage. That’s money that Backpage has made off of the violence and rape of these women while calling it their right to free speech, with the rights of these victims to live free be damned.

Backpage may still be licking their financial wounds but they’re still out there reaping the benefits of sex trafficking,

Sense of entitlement motive released in Madison High shooting

Sense of entitlement motive released in Madison High shooting

Previously, I’ve complained that Madison High shooter, James Austin Hancock, received a ridiculously light sentence for shooting three people at point-blank range in the school’s cafeteria. Hancock was charged as a juvenile since he was 14 at the time of the shooting and was sentenced to be held in juvenile detention until his 21st birthday. I was of the belief that Hancock should have been charged as an adult and for three attempted murder charges should have received a great deal of prison time. Now that the motive for the shooting has been made public I am even more steadfast in that belief.

In court documents that have recently been made public, Hancock claims the reason he shot three of his classmates was because he had it ‘rough’ at home. In case you were wondering, yes those are sarcasm quotes around the word rough. Here’s how ‘rough’ Hancock supposedly had it…

“The reason he gave for shooting was his home life. His mom doesn’t watch any of his sporting events and dad was on his case for his grades and has a lot of chores. Hancock further stated he was always grounded (at least seven months out of the year),” the investigation report says.

Please forgive my language, because I’m trying to be more professional in my writing, but are you fucking kidding me? Hancock shot three kids at point-blank range because he was grounded and didn’t want to do his fucking chores? For this degree of sociopathy he was only sentenced to less than six years. This is one of the biggest miscarriages of justice that I’ve written about on this website in the past 16 years.

Once again another school shooter who is nothing more than a selfish coward who resorts to violence instead of dealing with his own inadequacies.

Instead of not naming the killers this is what we shouldn’t do

Instead of not naming the killers this is what we shouldn't do

For a few years now there’s been a movement among some who believe that the names of killers like Omar Mateen shouldn’t be made public. They believe that this gives them the notoriety they wanted. In the past I have posted why I disagree with this practice. Long story short, we shouldn’t forget history’s villains and if we let the media give them names, like Son of Sam or the Zodiac Killer, that gives them even more notoriety than they were looking for. Instead, what we should be doing is not over-reporting the story.

For example, it’s no secret that Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS right before the shooting and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack even though it wasn’t organized or ordered by them. ISIS thrives on having their name in Western media, lone wolf attacks like Orlando should not be attributed to ISIS as it just gives them free publicity and propaganda which in turn could influence more ISIS inspired lone wolf attacks like the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The other worrisome practice I see being carried out by the press is the reporting of every ancillary detail and minutia about the attack. Do we really need to know that Mateen texted his wife during the attack and also checked Facebook to see if the attack was trending yet? No, we don’t. In my opinion those are what I like to call rubbernecking details, items the news reports on solely to get pageviews and clicks. Journalism used to operate under such tenets of whether there was a need for the public to know certain details of a story, emphasis on the word ‘need’. Now most major media outlets are more concerned with SEO keywords than information that is in the public’s best interest. In my opinion this is just another practice that gives the killers the notoriety that they were looking for since their every move during the incident is dissected like they were some Hollywood celebrity ordering lunch at a small town diner.

I’m not holding my breath on any of these changes to take effect anytime soon since news publishing is the industry that coined the callous phrase ‘if it bleeds it leads’.

Suspect indicted in Ohio MeetMe rape

Suspect indicted in Ohio MeetMe rape

Caylan Butcher

26-yer-old Caylan Butcher of Springfield, Ohio, was recently indicted for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman that he met through the dating and social site MeetMe.com. Butcher is said to have posed as someone else on the site and talked to the victim for a number of weeks before inviting her to his home. He then texted the victim saying that he wasn’t home but his ‘brother’ was, actually referring to himself. He is then accused of raping the woman.

Posing as their own brother or relative is a trick that’s mostly been used by online predators looking for underage girls. Usually, an online predator will pose as a younger child before befriending the victim and either asking them or extorting them into having sex with their ‘brother’. That makes me wonder if Butcher was looking for a younger victim.

Who watches the watchmen? craigslist creeper cop edition

Who watches the watchmen? craigslist creeper cop edition

Christopher Dunkes

27-year-old Christopher Dunkes is a police officer in Montgomery County, Maryland. He’s been suspended without pay because he was recently arrested in an online sting conducted by the Prince William County Police in Virginia. Officer Dunkes is accused of allegedly soliciting sex from an underage girl on craigslist who was actually Prince William investigators. Dunkes reportedly asked the 15-year-old ‘girl’ twice for a specific sex act and was arrested at a local Target.

Two things should be noted about this story. The first is that it’s hard for a community to trust police when one of them is allegedly trolling craigslist for girls. The other is that the job of craigslist’s community police is being done by the actual police instead.