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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.

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.

Kik kreeper coerced young boy to perform sex act on his younger brother

Kik kreeper coerced young boy to perform sex act on his younger brother

Kyle Quentin Jackson

20-year-old Kyle Quentin Jackson of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a grade-A scumbag of the highest order, ‘allegedly’. Jackson is accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl on the mobile messaging app Kik and got an 11-year-old boy using the app to send him explicit photos of himself. Unfortunately it didn’t end there, Jackson is also accused of coercing the boy into performing a sex act on the victim’s 9-year-old brother. As is almost the norm in these cases Jackson is said to have threatened to expose the pictures of the boy to all his friends and social networking contacts. The victims’ father found the videos on the kids’ iPad after it was too late and he notified police.

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As evidenced by this story apps like Kik aren’t just used on smartphones but can be used on tablets as well and all they need is a wifi connection. No 11-year-old boy needs to be on Kik. Not only is Kik rated Teen in the Android Play Store but its own terms of service state that no user should be under the age of 13. Let us also not forget about all the sex offenders and pedophiles that inhabit Kik’s network.

Ind. woman victim of Skout sextortion scam

Ind. woman victim of Skout sextortion scam

First off, let me say that I really don’t like using portmanteaus like ‘sextortion’ or ‘sexting’ in a headline. Unfortunately these phrases have become so commonplace I’ve no choice but to use them in order to grab someone’s attention.

Anyway, in the past I’ve posted about how online predators will try to extort children for explicit pictures of them over social media. While it’s more commonly reported with children this kind of blackmail can happen to adults too.

For example an Indiana woman was on the dating and social app Skout. She had begun chatting with a man who called himself ‘John Alani’. The man asked the woman for a nude pic and she obliged. As you can probably surmise that’s when things started going to hell. It didn’t help that she also sent him a picture of her driver’s license and social security number. In case you didn’t know by now those are two of the biggest red flags when it comes to being scammed. The man then started threatening her saying that he now had her kids’ names and threatened to have her sent to jail if she didn’t pay him over $3,000. He said that he had other women sent to jail. The victim refused and the man said that if she didn’t wire the money to Nigeria he would have her arrested for murder. Nigeria is the other big red flag when it comes to online scams since it’s the birthplace of such internet scams as the 419 scam.

While social networking apps and sites repeatedly want us to use our personal information for their gain I still say that you should be very guarded with who you choose to share that information with. You never know what you’re opening yourself up to.

Florida teen accused of using Kik to rape victims

Terry Fenelon

Terry Fenelon

18-year-old Terry Fenelon of Homestead, Florida, is accused of using social messaging app Kik in order to extort at least four underage victims into having sex with him. Fenelon would pose as someone named Dre and would ask his victims for explicit pictures and when he would receive them he would coerce the girls into have sex with Dre’s ‘cousin’ who was actually Fenelon. He would either threaten his victims with sharing the pictures they had sent them on Facebook and in some instances would threaten violence against a victim or their family. Please check out the links I’ve posted below to see what lengths of depravity this scumbag would allegedly go to in order to repeatedly violate his victims.

While Kik is awash with sex offenders and pedophiles online predators range in all ages and backgrounds.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone who believes they were victimized by Fenelon is asked to call the State Attorney’s Office hotline at 305-547-3300.

Homestead Senior High School student accused of extorting sex from girls

Teen girls extorted into sex by Homestead High student, police say

4th victim says Homestead High student extorted sex from her

Florida Kik kreeper threatened rape to 11-year-old

Lucas Bales

Lucas Bales

25-year-old Lucas Bales of Cape Coral, Florida was arrested for allegedly trying to extort two underage girls for nude photos over the mobile messaging app Kik. Bales was arrested by my favorite law enforcement department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office led by Sheriff Grady Judd.

Bales is said to have try to extort pictures from an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl using the screen names of ‘Daddy’, of course, and ‘swflguy239’.

If you think that this is some kind of entrapment, like a lot of Florida creepers seem to do, this is how Bales allegedly threatened one of the girls…

He told an 11-year-old girl that he was going to post her home address on the Internet, ask people to come rape her, set her house on fire, or hurt her, unless the girl sent him nude photos and videos of herself, according to the arrest affidavit.

Hardly entrapment.

However there’s a bigger issue here that these two underage girls are on Kik. Not only is Kik rife with sex offenders and pedophiles but Kik’s own terms of service say that users should be 13. Pre-teens have no business being on Kik and if you really think about it no one who’s not an adult should be on it either.

UPDATE 2/17/2016 5:40 PM EST: I know criminal defense attorneys have a tough job but some of the stuff they come up with is just idiotic. For example, Bales’ attorney is saying that the threats Bales allegedly made weren’t actually threats…

“I wouldn’t call that a threat. But if we were all arrested for what’s in our head, we’d all be in prison,” Viacava said.

Let me know how that works out for you.

Georgia Kik kreeper threatened Florida girl for nude pics

Steven Wayne Reid

Steven Wayne Reid

Steven Wayne Reid, of Georgia, is accused of going to great lengths in order to allegedly harass a 13-year-old Florida girl over Kik into sending him explicit photos of herself. The girl is from Polk County, Florida, which is home to my personal favorite County Sheriff, Grady Judd. If one can be a fanboy for a law enforcement officer then call me a fanboy.

Anyway, according to the article from ABC Action News in Tampa, Reid went to some extraordinary, yet creepy as hell, lengths in order to get what he wanted…

According to the affidavit, the girl was contacted on November 4 via the mobile phone messaging application “KIK” by someone claiming to be a 14-year-old girl named “Laura” with the KIK username “laura_hench14” who was extorting her to send nude images.

Soon after “Laura” initiated a conversation with the victim, “Laura” sent the victim an image of a Facebook profile with the victim’s face on it, and said, “So listen. I’m gonna make a Facebook with your pic. I can’t stand you at school. I like you so much but you don’t notice me. So I want to see your bra. If you do that then I’ll leave it at that. But if you refuse then I’ll do something crazy like make a Facebook saying you hate [derogatory term for African-Americans]. If you tell anyone then I’ll also do it. I can wait until you ready.”

If that wasn’t enough Reid cranked up the creep factor…

The victim told the suspect he was a “creepy stalker guy” to which the suspect replied he was a teacher at her school and that he would pull her into his classroom and sexually batter her. He additionally told her, “I’ll bring a gun [to school] and kill us both. I’m desperate. Take a [nude] pic and you won’t have any trouble.” The suspect then sent the victim a video depicting an adult male rubbing his exposed genitals.

There are literally no limits to the lengths these pedophiles will go to in order to get what they want from your kids. Isn’t it better to have your kids be inconvenienced by parental monitoring than be scarred for life by cretins like this?

Sheriff Judd puts it best…

“This is a dangerous person,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “We know that he is one step away, if he hasn’t physically molested children, he will.”

Thanks to Monica for the tip.

You don’t have to be an old man to be a Kik Kreeper

Kendall Carter

Kendall Carter

Dispelling the creepy old man myth that permeates these stories 21-year-old Kendall Carter, of Milton, Tennessee, was recently indicted on child porn charges. Carter allegedly posed as a 14-year-old boy on our favorite messaging app Kik using the aliases of Kenny, mrstang76 and olliej2222. He reportedly would use the old pedophile trick of gaining explicit photos of underage victims before blackmailing them for more. If the victims wouldn’t send him more pics he threatened to send the photos to victims’ school, friends or family.

As is usually the norm in these cases investigators believe that Carter may have more victims…

Federal officials asked any possible victims in the case to contact the Nashville office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, at 615-664-5500.

While he’s not the youngest creeper I’ve ever posted about he’s pretty damn close. They aren’t all old men in dirty coats. They come from every background, race and creed. All the more reason to make sure you know who’s on your kids’ friends list. As I am wont to say Kik is ground zero for many pedophiles and sex offenders.

Prolific Kik kreeper had victims as young as 10

Carlos Antonio Williams

Carlos Antonio Williams

23-year-old Carlos Antonio Williams, of Tallahassee, Florida, has been recently arrested for a number of charges. Please allow me to have this article from the Tallahassee Democrat detail them for you.

…five counts of extortion or threats, one count of cruelty toward children allowing a child to engage in sex, 103 counts of possessing photographs depicting sexual performance by a child, 30 counts of promoting sexual performance by a child and 127 counts of transmitting information harmful to minors among other charges.

That was the setup and now for the punchline…

His bond has been set at $2,500.

Williams allegedly used the smartphone messaging app Kik to approach close to 60 underage victims ranging in ages from 10 to 17. Williams is said to have posed as a teen on Kik in order to try to get explicit photos of his victims. As is typical out of the predator’s playbook once Williams would get pictures he would try to blackmail his victims into sending him more. Predators like this often prey upon their victims’ insecurities and Williams appears to be no different.

Communicating with a 14-year-old Wisconsin girl over the photo sharing app Snapchat, Williams threatened, “I saved ur snaps (expletive) now what,” referring to the nude photos, adding “dumb ugly (expletive) u thought not sending it to me on kik was smart? u ugly (expletive) im older and wayy smarter.”

Snapchat is another app where you can send a friend pictures and their suppose to delete themselves after ten seconds however there are numerous ways to get around that.

Just imagine that was your daughter. If you’re not monitoring their online activity it could be.

Considering his low bond it should come as no shock that at the time of his arrest Williams was already facing charges for allegedly sexually texting a 13-year-old girl who was actually an investigator. So yeah, let’s let him out so he can go on to have even more victims. Speaking of his victims they are said to have been not only all over the US but the UK and Canada as well.

Not everyone on Kik is a predator but as I’ve mentioned before Kik is a very popular app for pedophiles and sex offenders.