Two plead guilty to child prostitution on MyRedbook

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When I posted about former owner of MyRedbook, Eric Omuro, being prosecuted and convicted of facilitating prostitution one of the reactions I received was that MyRedbook was ‘different’ and that no children were being trafficked on the site.

The federal government may disagree since recently two men from San Jose, California, pleaded guilty to trafficking a minor for sex on MyRedbook. 28-year-old Justin Everett Crutchfield and 24-year-old Demontae Terrell Toliver both pleaded guilty in federal court to knowingly trafficking a girl who was under the age of 16 on the former escort site.

I can already hear you saying “But Trench, this is only one instance of child prostitution on MyRedbook”. To that I say MyRedbook had a much smaller userbase than a site like Backpage. Not only that but usually where there’s one instance of a crime going on there’s more that is either not caught or we don’t hear about.

Thankfully this avenue for trafficking women and children has been closed and hopefully another and more major closing will be happening soon.

Ex-Disneyland employee charged with trying to trade tickets for sex with teen

Darreck Michael Enciso

Darreck Michael Enciso

If one can be a fan of a police department I am a huge fan of the Huntington Beach, California, Police Department. For years they’ve been in the forefront of catching craigslist creepers in their area. As an aside creeper is the term we used where I grow up for guys who like children. Getting back to the subject at hand I’m afraid that the HBPD may have dripped the ball in this case, at least in the way the incident is being reported.

27-year-old Darreck Michael Enciso, of Adelanto, California, is accused of allegedly posting an ad for Disneyland tickets on craigslist in exchange for what some reports are calling very explicit sex acts. Enciso is a former dishwasher at a Disneyland resort. The Huntington Beach Police Department responded to the ad posing as a 14-year-old girl. Enciso allegedly had no problem with the girl being 14. They are said to have arranged to meet for sex in exchange for the tickets and the time of his arrest the suspect had condoms on him.

Now, while I’m not defending the suspect, because by most accounts he didn’t have problems with the ‘girl’ being underage, my problem was with how the ad was posted or at least how it’s being reported how it was posted.

Enciso is accused of posting a Craigslist ad on July 1 seeking women willing to engage in sex acts in exchange for tickets to the Disneyland parks.
The OC Register

Prosecutors say Enciso allegedly posted a Craigslist ad dated July 1 seeking women who would engage in sexual acts in exchange for tickets to Disneyland.
CBS Local

On July 1, 2015, Enciso is accused of posting an ad on Craigslist seeking women willing to engage in sex acts in exchange for tickets to the Disneyland parks.
Orange County DA’s office press release

All the reports I’ve read said that Enciso placed an ad looking for women. To me that implies an adult. Would the HBPD posing as an underage female not be considered a form of entrapment? Don’t get me wrong. I want to see this guy put away in the unhappiest place on earth but I want to make sure he’s there the right way. It could be that he did post an ad making an allusion to minors but that’s now how it’s been reported.

Either way law enforcement is looking for other possible victims…

Investigators believe Enciso previously posted similar advertisements on Craigslist. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Supervising Dist. Atty. Investigator Mark Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

Hopefully the HBPD has not let their fanboy down and it’s just a case of miscommunication to the press.

SoCal father knocks out Instagram/Kik kreeper

The unconscious Tim LeBlanc

The unconscious Tim LeBlanc

27-year-old Tim LeBlanc, of Spring Valley, California, allegedly tried to get a 12-year-old girl into his vehicle in the middle of the night. He allegedly met the girl on Instagram and communicated with her on Kik. What he didn’t figure on was a vigilant father.

The girl’s father claims he routinely gets up in the middle of the night to check on hos kids. He says he found his daughter’s window open then hopped in his vehicle to go find her. He is said to have found her down the street getting into LeBlanc’s vehicle. LeBlanc allegedly claimed to the man he was only 16 and eventually took a swing at the man. The father is said to have knocked out LeBlanc with a single punch, hence the picture above.

Good on this dad for being so attentive. Now while I’m not deriding this father I personally am of the opinion that 12-year-olds do not need to be on any social apps at that age. I get the feeling that his daughter won’t be going forward.

Facebook vigilantes beat California homeless man because of hoax

Here is just one more reason why you shouldn’t believe everything that’s posted on Facebook.

A group of Facebook vigilantes in Modesto, California, beat a homeless man after someone posted the following to Facebook.

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Guess what kids. It was a hoax.

Modesto police even contacted the person who allegedly first posted it…

“She was a friend of a friend of a friend who posted this information on Facebook,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves explained.

Was this friend of a friend of a friend also attacked after not flashing her high beams or pricked by a syringe full of AIDS?

Luckily the man wasn’t seriously injured and did not press charges against his attackers.

I don’t even know what to add at this point because it’s not like anyone is going to leave Facebook or stop spreading any bullshit that someone posts but if you have one of those kind of Facebook friends you may want to show them this post.

Backpage child pimp took girl from bible study class

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32-year-old Patrick Leo Simmons of Oakland, California, is accused of allegedly prostituting an underage girl on backpage. Investigators say that Simmons sexually abused the girl and physically assaulted her to keep her in line. Showing just what lengths pimps and traffickers will go to in order to find new victims police say that he picked up his victim in a bible study class.

Hey Backpage, good job on blocking this ad for an underage girl. Oh wait, you didn’t because your so-called screening process doesn’t work.

Sex trafficking website owner pleads guilty

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Unfortunately it wasn’t anyone from Backpage.

I originally posted about Eric Omuro here. He was the operator of escort website MyRedbook when he was arrested by the FBI on prostitution and money laundering charges back in June. Earlier this month Omuro pleaded guilty to facilitating prostitution.

Omuro admitted that the website hosted advertisements posted by prostitutes containing explicit photos, graphic descriptions of sexual services offered, and rates for the sexual services.

The reason this is a big deal is because it’s the first successful prosecution of its kind. Normally people like this hide behind free speech arguments or the massively outdated Communications Decency Act of 1996 to say that they’re not responsible for what their users post on their websites. However the website operators like Omuro know that these ads are for prostitution. They’re not that stupid and are too greedy to stop.

Hopefully Omuro’s guilty plea put Backpage on notice letting them know maybe they’re not as untouchable as they think they are.

UPDATE 5/2/2015: As part of his plea agreement Omuro must forfeit two cars and over one million dollars. Sentencing is scheduled for later this month.

UPDATE 5/27/2015: Omuro was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison.

And for those of you defending Omuro and MyRedBook…

The FBI identified more than 50 juveniles advertising prostitution on myRedBook, according to court documents.

Now hopefully the feds can go after Backpage before they flee the country.

RSO using Kik found in girl’s bedroom

Jose Simentel

Jose Simentel

There’s not many worse nightmares for a parent then finding a strange man in your child’s bedroom. Unfortunately that nightmare came true for a father in Bay Point, California when he found a 29-year-old man in the bedroom of his 12-year-old daughter.

That man was Jose Simentel of Hayward, California who allegedly used the smart phone messaging app Kik to gain the girl’s confidence. Simentel has been charged with allegedly molesting the girl. Even worse is that Simentel is a registered sex offender who was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

Kik is used for instant messaging on smartphones like AIM and Yahoo Messenger were used on desktop computers and should be treated as such. Know what apps your kids are using and know who are on their friends lists. If you don’t leaving a virtual window open to your kids is just as dangerous as leaving a real one open.

Missing Cal State student victim of craigslist killing

Abdullah Alkadi

Abdullah Alkadi

I originally posted about Abdullah Alkadi here. He was the 23-year-old student from Cal State-Northridge who went missing after selling his car on craigslist. I was hoping that he would be found alive but sadly that is not the case.

Police say that Abdullah was stabbed to death by 28-year-old Agustin Rosendo Fernandez of Long Beach. Fernandez is said to have killed him in order to steal the car. Fernandez was allegedly in possession of the car at the time of his arrest.

My prayers and condolences go out to the friends and family of Abdullah Alkadi.

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

The Death Metal craigslist creeper

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Recently 29-year-old death metal singer Lane Steele Kozloff was recently arrested in Torrance, California for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Investigators say that Kozloff placed an ad looking for a “lil girl”. Ew. Kozlofff is said to have arranged a meeting with the girl at a restaurant and that the back of his SUV was all laid out with a makeshift bed. Of course the 14-year-old girl was actually a federal agent. When you have a bed in the back of your ride you can’t really argue that you were just going to ‘hang out’.

I’m not going to mention his band or anything because the rest of the band probably had nothing to do with it however it is of interest that Kozloff has worked as a substitute teacher at a music school. I guess he can kiss that gig goodbye.

Cal State student missing after selling car on craigslist

Abdullah Alkadi

Abdullah Alkadi

23-year-old Abdullah Alkadi, who attends Cal State-Northridge, has been missing since Wednesday after selling his car on craigslit. Police have found his car but the new owner says they have nothing to do with the disappearance.

Alkadi is of Middle Eastern descent and stands at 5 feet, 3 inches. He weighs 110 pounds.

Police say Alkadi was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and beige shorts.

Anyone with information as to Alkadi’s whereabouts was asked to call Detective Carlton from the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 during non-business hours or on weekends.

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I’ll post more details as they become available however I hope I can delete this post after he’s found safe.