Orlando woman accused of making child porn and sharing it on Kik

Orlando woman accused of making child porn and sharing it on Kik

37-year-old Lauren Diaz of Orlando, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly producing child porn in her own residence. None of the articles I’ve read state who her victims were, but they do state that her two children are now in custody of the DCF.

Using the username of hmmready79 on mobile messaging app Kik, Diaz allegedly shared 109 child porn files with a Canadian man. The man had been arrested by Canadian authorities for allegedly being in possession of child porn. Police say that during her arrest Diaz reportedly admitted to sending the explicit images to the Canadian man among others.

When your app has become the go to choice for sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn producers you would think that it would be bad PR for the app maker, yet here we are. The Canadian made app is still widely popular and there are few to little signs that Kik is doing anything to stop the infestation of pedophiles on its platform.

It’s way past time that we should start deleting Kik from the phones and tablets of our children.

Florida gym teacher accused of sending over 100,000 Kik messages to student

Florida gym teacher accused of sending over 100,000 Kik messages to student
Alyson Nicole London

44-year-old Alyson Nicole London is a gym teacher at a Florida middle school. She is accused of allegedly sending at least 129,000 messages to a 14-year-old female student over the mobile messaging app Kik. Many of those messages were said to be of an explicit nature. Since this is Florida and a teacher is involved, London allegedly used Snapchat as well.

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Some of the messages were creepy AF as the kids say…

London told the victim she had feelings for her starting when the victim was in 7th grade, but “fell in love with” her while she was in 8th grade.

Throughout their conversations on KIK, London referred to the victim as a daughter and said, “I love you, baby girl.”

London said her husband was very jealous of the relationship she had with the victim, because he at first thought she was talking to another man.

“I told him to [explicit] off,” said London in a message to the victim. “You’re my daughter and if I want to talk to you I can.”

The victim’s mother had previously caught London messaging her daughter but thought it had stopped. When it comes to predators like this, you can’t assume anything. Kik is a haven for sex offenders and pedophiles so you should check your children’s phone or tablet usage regularly. Let them know that you trust them, but you don’t trust the offenders they could be talking to.

Pokemon Go and sex offenders: Next on Scare Tactics News

Pokemon Go and sex offenders: Next on Scare Tactics News

It’s no shock that I’m no friend of sex offenders, and if I see an app that is prone to abuse by them I’ll call it out. However, when I see an article that’s pure FUD that involves the two, I just can’t let it go.

For example, I found an article out of Florida from a news station that ‘revealed’ sex offenders that were living near Pokemon Go gyms and Pokestops. As the article explains…

They stop at PokéStops to buy items and at PokéGyms to battle each other, but those stops and gyms can be anywhere—including where CBS12 found more than 1,000 registered sex offenders.

Do you know where else there are Pokestops and gyms? They’re near schools, churches, libraries, museums, and businesses. They are almost everywhere. Hell, there was even a gym in front of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a lot of these locations will inevitably be near a registered sex offender. That does not necessarily mean that registered sex offenders are using Pokemnon Go to prey on children. It would be incredibly stupid for them to do so since they would be the first person police would go to if anything like that happened. Personally, I have only heard of one instance where children playing the game were approached by a possible predator and that guy was driving a van. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just improbable.

Instead of letting children roam freely playing Pokemon Go, maybe parents should learn how to play it and join their kids. You never know, you may actually have fun spending time with your kids doing an activity they enjoy.

Kik kreeper receives incriminating message while in questioning

Kik kreeper receives incriminating message while in questioning
Kaalum Scott

18-year-old Kaalum Scott, of Osceola County, Florida, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Scott reportedly met the girl last year, you know…when she was TWELVE, and recently looked her up on the mobile messaging app Kik. He is then said to have threatened the girl over Kik by sending her a picture of himself with a gun while threatening violence against her and her family if she didn’t ‘have sex’ with him. Scott allegedly got his way before his victim told her family.

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While being questioned by police Scott at first denied everything, but while in questioning police say that his phone went off after receiving a new Kik message from a male friend…

The affidavit states Scott’s phone went off in the interview room with a message on Kik that read, “See, that is why I told you not to send her any pictures or anything, just deny everything!”

This would be almost comical if we weren’t discussing the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

13-years-old is the minimum age to be on Kik according to their terms of service. Maybe that’s why it’s so attractive to the plethora of sex offenders and pedophiles that infest its network.

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.

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’.

My thoughts on the Pulse Orlando shooting

My thoughts on the Pulse Orlando shooting

I normally don’t post about major headline grabbing crimes like this. I prefer to post niche stories that are under-reported, but the Pulse Orlando shooting is so significant that I can’ just ignore it. If you’d rather see how a real crime blogger posts about this please visit Bonnie’s post on the matter.

Anyway these are some random thoughts I had on the matter. Some I’ve shared to social media this weekend and others I haven’t

First I’d like to share some old blog posts I’ve written on other topics that I think may apply to this tragedy. The first is that the media is beating us over the head again with lists of the deadliest shootings in America. Again I think the more they do that the more trivialized the shootings can become. Secondly, as I’ve posted before, I don’t think it’s the access of guns that is the problem. It’s never been more difficult to purchase firearms legally yet we have greater levels of gun violence than at any point in our history. Lastly, for those of you who think that every practitioner, or even the majority of practitioners, of Islam are terrorists than you need to do more research, like I did after 9/11, rather than repeating the same old myths that keep getting propagated in the more ignorant parts of the internet.

Now for some random thoughts on the matter…

Just because some murderous assclown swears allegiance to ISIS, and ISIS claims responsibility for the attack, doesn’t necessarily mean that this was an orchestrated attack by ISIS. It could have just been a moment of opportunity for ISIS to claim responsibility. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the cowardly scumbag was the only one involved in planning the attack.

I posted the following both on Twitter and my personal Facebook page…

As a society we’ve declined so much in the past 15 years that we didn’t even wait until the bodies were cold before we were waxing politically about our pet ideologies. The usual tropes were all carted out, immigration, gun control, Muslims, etc. Instead of coming together to fight hate we just kept fanning the flames of hostility. I wouldn’t say that we’re headed for a 2nd Civil War but as a country we’ve never been more divided since then, and as we all know a house divided can’t stand.

We’ve lost the ability to be objective in this country. We’re all too worried about being left or right, conservative or liberal, religious or atheist, than being human and American.

Another Florida teacher arrested for naked Snapchats (not a repeat)

Another Florida teacher arrested for naked Snapchats (not a repeat)
Daniel Morgan

In what is now becoming a running gag here on TTRR another Florida teacher has been arrested for allegedly sending naked Snapchats to a student. This time it’s 29-year-old Daniel Morgan of Jupiter, Florida. Morgan was a teacher at a Port St. Lucie County high school before resigning from his position briefly before his arrest. He is said to have allegedly sent a naked Snapchat to a 17-year-old female student of the school. He is said to have blamed taking the pictures on him being drunk at the time and that he doesn’t remember sending it. His lawyer says that this is a more complicated case than what’s supposedly on the surface. Right, good luck with that.

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Anyway I have to ask what is the obsession with teachers and Snapchatting their students? The only thing I can think of is that like a lot of adults they’re not actually aware that not only are the deleted pictures from Snapchat recoverable but users can take a screengrab of the picture they receive. I call that the ‘Blinking VCR’ effect. Kids, ask your parents what a VCR is. Parents, ask your kids how Snapchat works.

Another Florida teacher arrested for naked Snapchats

Another Florida teacher arrested for naked Snapchats
Thomas Tomaszewski

The teacher led obsession with Snapchat and their students continues, once again in the Sunshine State. This time it’s 29-year-old Thomas Tomaszewski who was teaching at a middle school in Orange County. He’s accused of allegedly sending nude Snapchats to and soliciting explicit pictures from a female student of his school. His ‘reasoning’ for Snapchatting his student sounds like it came straight from ‘To Catch A Predator’…

The girl told deputies she had trouble fitting in at school, so Tomaszewski gave her his phone number, the arrest report states. They started texting, with him often giving her advice or words of encouragement.

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Let me stop right there for a moment. As I’ve said before. Any contact between teacher and student that circumvents parents is rarely any good.

Anyway, Tomaszewski reported told police that he was just trying to help the girl feel “wanted and valued.” He might as well have said that he just wanted to hang out and that the wine coolers were just for him.

Since he’s a male teacher victimizing a female student I imagine he’ll be buried under the jail any day now.