Thanks to this article from KYW Radio in Philadelphia (Come on South Jersey and Philly peeps sing along with Trench…KYW…News Radio…1060) I was introduced to a Facebook app called Friend Verifier. It’s an app that allows you to check your kids’ Facebook friends list for sex offenders.
The first thing you’ll need is a Friend Verifier account which is free. The second thing you’ll need is the login and password of the Facebook account you’ll be checking. Remember, you’re the parent. You should already have all of your kids’ logins.
Log in to your child’s Facebook account then go to the Friend Verifier website log in to your FV account then click on the button that says ‘Scan all friends for sex offenders’. It doesn’t hurt to check your own Facebook friends list either. Thankfully mine came up empty but I can say that at least in that way it works.
However even Friend Verifier will tell you that not every search is perfect and may miss a sex offender in their scan due to whatever information is already out there.
Wile FV is a great tool no tool is perfect and once again I remind you that as a parent you’re the only true defense between online predators and your kids.
Back in 2013 Kyle Dube of Maine was arrested in the disappearance in death of 15-year-old Nichole Cable. The then 20-year-old Dube used a fake Facebook profile under the name of a friend of hers to lure Nichole to a wooded area where he abducted her while disguised in a ski mask. Dube’s plan was to stash her somewhere, wait for an undisclosed amount of time, then act as her rescuer. He duct taped Nichole and tossed her in the back of a pick up truck. Somewhere during the transport Nichole died of asphyxia due to compression of the neck. Dube buried her body under some leaves in the woods and her body wasn’t discovered until weeks later.
Early in March Dube was convicted of Nichole’s murder and kidnapping. During the trial Dube’s defense attorney tried to shift blame to Dube’s ex-girlfriend who allegedly hated Nichole but the DNA evidence and Dube’s own confession to a fellow inmate was overwhelming.
Dube is looking at 25 to life on the murder charge and 30 to life for the kidnapping. Hopefully those sentences will be consecutive and not concurrent.
UPDATE 5/10/2015: This past week Dube was sentenced to 60 years for Nichole Cable’s murder and 30 for her kidnapping. The only problem is the sentences are concurrent. According to the judge Maine case law did not allow her to sentence him to consecutive sentences. I’d rather see him rot for 60 years then get out on some legal loophole so kudos to the judge for erring on the side that keeps this moron in jail for as long as possible.
Man arrested on sex charges involving girls:
Man Meets Girls on Social Media, Arrested on Sex-Related Charges:
Brian Scott Sibley
Zippy the Pinhead’s even more brain addled cousin is 27-year-old Brian Scott Sibley of Vinton, Ohio. He was recently arrested by Scioto County Sheriffs for allegedly having sex (child rape) with an underage girl.
Police received a tip from the mother of a 15-year-old girl who said an older man was communicating with her daughter and her daughter’s 11-year-old friend through Facebook, Kik and Snapchat. Great, a creeper who employs redundancy measures. Further investigation revealed that not only did Sibley allegedly solicit explicit photos from the girls, which police say he received, but he also is said to have had sex with one of the girls. I want to say I hope it wasn’t with the 11-year-old girl but I don’t want the other girl to be the victim either.
Police posed as the girl and convinced Sibley they were going to have sex with him but instead was arrested at the arranged meeting place.
As I’ve said before parents, it’s not just your kids’ computers you have to monitor but their cell phones as well. Unfortunately you can’t watch over your kids shoulder while they’re using their cell phones away from home but you should be checking their phones for these apps and their attached friends list regularly.
Statutory rape conviction gets man 50 years in prison:
Steven Lee Odom
Don’t worry folks. The crime took place in 2009. No one uses MySpace anymore.
Anyway, 26-year-old Steven Lee Odom was sentenced in a Rowan County, North Carolina, court recently to a minimum of 50 years for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl when Odom was 21. Creepily, Odom lived across the street from the girl and would watch her get off the school bus. He then began messaging the girl through MySpace and Facebook. That led to Odom having sex (child rape) with the girl.
So why such a long sentence? At the time of the crime Odom was already a registered sex offender. Odom had pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child in neighboring Stanly County. He only received probation for those charges.
A re-offending sex offender? I’m shocked and amazed since they usually tend to be such trustworthy people said no one ever.
Oh well, see you in 2064 if you’re lucky.
Man uses threats to get young girls to send him nude pictures:
‘Sextortion’ suspect set for freedom:
Child porn, exploitation suspect ordered to home incarceration:
25-year-old Brian Caputo of Arvin, California is a Grade-A scumbag, allegedly. He’s accused of posing as a young girl on Facebook, Yahoo Messenger, and Kik as a young girl in order to gain the trust of other young girls on these platforms. He would use aliases like Giavanna Derann, Catness Love and Melissa Harpson to convince girls from ages eight to 13 to send him nude photos.
Let’s stop right there for a second. While I’m sure the parents of the victims are horrified over what has transpired no eight-year-old needs to be on any of these services. Not even under the supervision of a parent. Secondly is this a thing that teen or teen girls send naked pics to each other? It sure as hell wasn’t in my day by cracky.
Once Caputo would receive any of these pictures then he would blackmail his victims into sending him more pictures or he would make the pictures he already has public. He tried blackmailing a 12-year-old girl from El Paso, Texas, into sending him pics and if she didn’t he would release the pictures of her 11-year-old friend. Instead the girl went to her parents who in turn went to police.
Caputo is not only accused of possessing child porn but trading the pictures he received as well. When questioned by police Caputo tried claiming that whoever was doing it was stealing his wi-fi.
So you think a predatory scumbag like Caputo would be kept under the jail while awaiting trial. Nope. He’s currently under house arrest at his mommy’s house where his underage sister was forced to move out. Does anybody want to lay odds he gets in trouble again before going to trial?
This assclown intrigues me so I’ll be keeping a close eye on this story.
UPDATE 3/13/2014: The courts have come to their sense and have revoked Caputo’s house arrest. He’s now being held without bond.
Facebook messages lead to arrest of accused molester:
Michael “Not Macho” Camacho
37-year-old Michael Camacho of Orlando, Florida, has been charged with allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl. The crime itself is said to have taken place at a community pool but Camacho was caught when the girl’s mother found messages from Camacho in the girl’s Facebook.
The mother of the victim was going to cut off her daughter’s Facebook privileges for bad grades, when she noticed something disturbing. An older man was messaging her daughter that she was “cute and getting cuter,” the police report said.
Like I said the crime did not take place on Facebook but how many times do I have to tell people 11 YEAR-OLDS DO NOT BELONG ON FACEBOOK. You might as well leave your kids’ bedroom windows open with a sign that says ‘pedophiles welcome’.
Facebook groomer Gareth Oliver jailed over 300-mile abuse attempt:
For some reason I’ve become fascinated with what child predators give as an excuse when they’re busted. I guess it stems from the To Catch a Predator series when the alleged offenders all gave almost the same answer. Most of them send they were just there to hang out with their underage target while other s said they were there to teach their target the dangers of meeting strange men on the internet. Not surprisingly police didn’t believe any of them. Especially the ones that showed up with booze and/or sex toys.
Which brings us to the story of 21-year-old Gareth Oliver from Newcastle in the UK. Oliver was grooming some underage boys on Facebook then made the 300 mile trip by bus, of course it was by bus, to Kent where his victims resided. He was trying to get the boys to go camping with him but one of the parents became suspicious. At the time of his arrest Oliver had nine condoms on him. When asked why he made the 300 mile trek Oliver said that he was there to go BMX riding with the boys. That’s the first time I’ve heard that one. It’s a little more specific than just hanging out but still not even remotely believable.
Oliver was sentenced to six years in prison and a lifetime on the registry.
This past week Facebook changed their privacy policies for teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Before, all their posts and information were only visible to their friends list. Now it can be viewed by the world at large. I emphasize can be because this doesn’t automatically mean that everything ever that your kid has posted on Facebook will all of a sudden be made public. What it does mean that as a parent you’re going to have to be even more vigilant now of your kids’ behavior on Facebook.
Let’s face it, teens are stupid. Yes, even yours. When I was a teen I was stupid too and so were you. While teens’ Facebook profiles will still be friends only as default you just know some idiot teen is going to set their profile to public. Ideally you should have the e-mail address and password used for your kids’ Facebook. However, if you’re one of those ‘trusting’ parents *rolls eyes* here is how you can tell who your kids are sharing their Facebook posts with. You really should have their sign in information though because even if your Facebook friends with your kids they can still hide posts from you or anyone of their choosing.
Facebook says they’re doing this to give teens more freedom but in reality it probably has more to do with advertising. Also Facebook never had a predator problem as much as MySpace did. With these new ‘freedoms’ they’re giving teens that’s all about to change.
Facebook Advances to 15- and 16-Year-Old Girls and Rendezvous Lead to 30-Year-Old’s Arrest:
The love child of John Cena and a potato over there is 30-year-old Michael Lee King of Bunnell, Florida. He’s been accused of allegedly soliciting underage girls for sex on Facebook and used almost all the online predator clichés in doing so.
According to the Flagler County Sheriffs, King, using the alias of ‘Jones’, allegedly told a 15-year-old girl on Facebook that he was 27 and when she protested about the difference in age King allegedly said that not only did he just want to ‘hang out’ but also told her that “Age is only a #.” He then allegedly tried to lure the girl out by promising her $500 and buying her a bunch of stuff. The only thing that he didn’t try was telling her that he could get her a modeling gig.
Eventually the girl told her parents who told the cops who arrested King at a pet store.
This girl had enough sense to tell her parents. You may want to make sure that yours do too.
Wilmerding man charged with sexual assault of teens:
Allegheny County police charge Wilmerding man in sexual assaults of teenagers of both genders:
Here we go again with MeetMe and Pennsylvania. For those of you just joining us MeetMe.com is the former MyYearbook.com. What was once a site designed to be a safe haven for teens has since been changed into a meat market for singles. Since the virtual demise of MySpace, MeetMe has been one of the go to places where predators go to target underage victims.
For example we have 25-year-old Melvin Amodeo of Wilmerding (not making that up), Pennsylvania. For some reason, at least through anecdotal evidence, Pennsylvania seems to have an inordinate number of MeetMe predators. Pennsylvania is also the home state of MeetMe. Amodeo is accused of molesting three underage victims, two girls and one boy, through online means including social networking and a messaging app. Amodeo allegedly used Facebook, MeetMe, and the mobile messaging app Kik to groom his victims. In one instance he even allegedly trotted out the creeper mantra of “Age is just a number.”
Police say they also found hundreds of child porn images on Amodeo’s home computer. Police also believe he may have more victims.
Kik is just an instant messaging app for smart phones but parents should be aware of it to see who is messaging their kids.