The answer to both of those questions is Homeland Security that’s who. DHS recently arrested Port St. Lucie, Florida, police officer Michael Harding. Harding is accused of allegedly trading child porn on the smart phone messaging app Kik. I may have mentioned Kik once or twice in the past.
According to DHS, Harding used the screen name of “desthfromabovee” and is said to have posted several pornographic images and videos of underage girls. After DHS traced the Kik account back to Harding they searched his home and found two thumb drives of child porn. One even had pictures of Harding and bondage photos of prepubescent girls.
Harding has been placed on administrative leave without pay. Will small wonders never cease? He is also being held without bond.
I have great faith in our men and women in law enforcement in our country. While too many bad apples have been making the news in recent years I still believe that there are good men and women out there doing a thankless job protecting a sometimes ungrateful public. A dirty pedophile cop is the worst insult to anyone who’s ever put on the uniform and took pride in protecting the public.
Harding is looking at a maximum of twenty years in prison. If the world was just he’d receive no special treatment.
Police in Orlando, Florida believe that Michael Gordon Luck, of Remington, Indiana, allegedly bought two underage girls. ages 15 and 16, off of Backpage while on vacation. The girls were said to have placed ads on Backpage with the help of a 19-year-old friend. Luck is said to have set them up in his condo with their own room and key and may have even supplied them with drugs.
Luck was caught because one of the girls was a runaway. Luck was initially approached by police at a mall where he was with both girls. Luck is said to have given an answer worthy of the ‘To Catch a Predator’ predators…
On April 14, Luck initially told deputies that he’d met the girls at a Publix supermarket and wanted to help them and keep them off the streets, according to the affidavit, but he later changed his account, saying he met them online.
Then he changed his story to another familiar tune that we’ve heard before…
Luck said he’d had sex with the girls but believed they were 19 and 20 years old, according to the affidavit.
Luck is facing some serious jail time since he’s been charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, lewd and lascivious battery, and most importantly child sex trafficking. Because of that last charge Luck is facing a possible life sentence.
But lets not forget that these girls were able to deftly circumvent Backpage’s age policy and million dollar security safeguards just by having another person post for then probably using a ore-paid credit card.
This is the kind of person that law enforcement needs to pursue more vigorously, the john. As I’ve said before they need to make the risk much greater than the reward and I think a potential life sentence for johns who use child prostitutes may actually discourage this kind of crime.
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.
Nathan Alexander Bryan (HULK SIT BABY)
The FBI recently arrested 39-year-old Nathan Bryan, of Bradenton, Florida, for allegedly trying to solicit children for sex by advertising his babysitting services on craigslist. Federal investigators believe that Bryan was using these ads to gain access to kids.
Reports say that the FBI posed as a father who was offering their child for sex on craigslist when they were contacted by Bryan.
For more than a year, the FBI says Bryan has been chatting online with an undercover agent posing as the father of an 8-year-old boy. Investigators say Bryan spelled out what he’d like to do to the child saying, “I just want to smell him and taste him.”
The feds set up a meeting place where Bryant was arrested. They’re also requesting help from the public if they had any kind of baby sitting contact with Bryan.
The CETF is asking anyone who has information about this matter or who may have hired Bryan for the above services to contact the FBI Tampa Field Office at 1-866-838-1153 or at [email protected]
What really surprised me was the reaction by his landlord. He didn’t approve of what Bryan did but…
“I thought he was very dedicated to the children he took care of. And he loved his nannying. Sure, I knew he was getting jobs by posting, but everyone uses Craigslist. It didn’t bring up any red flags or anything,” the landlord tells 10 News.
Yes, everyone uses craigslist, especially predators.
Police in Pasco County, Florida, say that 22-year-old Carlos Perez would pose as a female on Kik and would send photos of a nude women to underage boys on Kik and would allegedly get explicit photos of the boys in return. Perez was a high school wrestling coach and allegedly targeted two kids he knew through the wrestling program. of the school.
45-year-old Eric Jenney of Westfield, Massachusetts, was recently arrested after police say that he was allegedly part of a child porn ring that traded files on Kik. Investigators also say that the very explicit pictures were shared between adults and minors.
Remember, as I keep saying, Kik is a well documented favorite tool of both pedophiles and sex offenders.
25-year-old Carlos Javier Rojas Paz is/was a substitute teacher in Broward County, Florida, who is accused of ‘having sex’ (statutory) with three of his students. In at least one case he allegedly used Kik to stay in contact with one of his victims.
Another teacher, 33-year-old Patrick Newman of Louisville, Kentucky, allegedly coerced a 13-year-old boy to send him explicit pictures on Kik and then traded them with other pedophiles on Kik.
Kik, as a messaging app, isn’t inherently evil. It’s just another way for people to communicate. However as discussed before it has become a fundamental tool used by online predators. I advise every parent out there to see if their child is using this app on their phones and to find out who the people are on their friends list.
Recently the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 9 men in a child porn sting. Those arrested were…
Daniel Dunfee, 21
James Crawford, 34
Arthur F. Lee, 55
Steven Rivera, 26
Santos Palacios, 29
Eric Reynolds, 32
Roger Coulson, 63
William Humphrey, 24
Richard Murray, 22
Before we get into the rest of the sting I want to focus on Dunfee in particular. He allegedly solicited two underage girls from Illinois for nude pictures through Kik and Snapchat. One he got pictures from his victims he would threaten to post them online if they didn’t send more. This is one of the oldest ploys in the online predator playbook. It used to be that you had to know someone’s Kik username before you could message them but now there are several apps within Kik that allow you to meet other users and there are no age barriers.
If Polk County sounds familiar it’s because it’s my favorite police department in the entire country. Sheriff Grady Judd has been featured on this site for years for his dauntless work not only against online predators but also against human trafficking through sites like craigslist and Backpage. The pedo-defenders like to claim that Sheriff Judd is motivated by greed for his department through federal grants rather than duty and are incarcerating innocent individuals. I doubt that since between the 9 men arrested they all racked up 205 counts of child pornography charges. But please do tell me how these scumbags were victims of entrapment.
UPDATE 8/27/2015: Dunfee was recently charged with 426 additional child porn charges bringing his total to 436 charges.
Alvarez, Belizaire and Alexander
Back in January the Orlando, Florida, Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation arrested Rodney Alexander, Tiffany Belizaire and Jose Alvarez on human trafficking charges. The trio are accused of prostituting a woman on Backpage against her will.
Again for those of you who still believe the consenting adult myth…
“Immediately they took advantage of her addiction to cocaine and started posing her on Backpage and forcing her to prostitute,” MBI Lt. Mike Gibson said.
“It got so bad at one point, they actually tied her up with sheets and dog collars and dog chains and held her captive inside closets,” Gibson said.
According to investigators’ documents, the victim was forced to work as a prostitute every day, walking the streets and responding to online ads posted on Backpage. She said the alleged ringleader, Alexander, punched her, and threatened to torture her with power tools and a curling iron on days when she made only $50.
Yet Backpage insists they’re part of the solution. Much like I used to say about craigslist you can’t be both the problem and the solution. What was once the craigslist conundrum is now the Backpage Paradox.
This week the Florida Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for David Sparre. Sparre was convicted in the brutal 2010 stabbing death of 21-year-old Tiara Pool. Sparre had met his victim through the casual encounters section of craigslist in Jacksonville, Florida. The pair had sex before Sparre stabbed her almost 90 times. Sparre was convicted and then sentenced to death for Tiara’s murder. After his sentencing Sparre sent a letter to his ex-girlfriend bragging about how he enjoyed killing Tiara. So it came as a surprise to me that an appeal of his death sentence was even being entertained.
During his trial and penalty phase Sparre instructed his attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender Refik Eler, to not present any evidence in his defense. Eler, who said Sparre was guilty of second-degree murder but didn’t deserve the death penalty, planned to introduce evidence he was mentally unbalanced and abused drugs and alcohol since he was 11.
But Sparre reiterated his instructions to Circuit Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt, who ruled that Eler couldn’t present the evidence against his wishes.
On appeal Tallahassee Public Defender Nada Carey argued that Senterfitt abused her discretion by not considering all the evidence that would have kept Sparre off Death Row. She said it didn’t matter that Sparre didn’t want it brought up.
In Thursday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling the justices said that in cases where a death-penalty defendant declined to offer a defense, the judge was required to order a comprehensive pre-sentence investigation into the that defendant’s background. That was done in Sparre’s case, with the investigation addressing his physical and mental health.
So that brings Sparre one step closer to the needle which will be infinitely more merciful than the death of Tiara Pool, a mother of one who still had her whole life in front of her. It’s too bad they won’t be able to lunge the needle into him 90 times. Hell, by the time his execution date would have rolled around I’m the country will have lost its nerve on killing monsters like Sparre.
Justin Robert Muoio
There’s been a story making the rounds in the ‘strange news’ websites. It’s been on FARK and I’ve heard it on several morning radio shows. It’s the story about how 32-year-old Justin Robert Muoio of the Miami area prostituted a pregnant woman on craigslist to ‘fetishists’.
Muoio is accused of turning out the woman since 2009 and once she became pregnant he didn’t allow that to interfere with his money-making. Police say that he also kept all of her money and would frequently keep her imprisoned and even had his mother keep watch on her.
Unfortunately stories like this are not as unusual or strange as you might expect. Women like this are frequently forced into prostitution every day on craigslist and Backpage and never make the news and yes sometimes they are pregnant.
At least hopefully this story can help shed light on the plight of all victims of sex trafficking and that it still exists on craigslist.