39-year-old James Hames, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested for allegedly taking a 14-year-old girl he met on Kik back to his place for sex after sneaking her out of her house at 2AM.
For the next story we stay in Baton Rouge where 25-year-old Matthew Chaney Walker is accused of allegedly using Kik to convince girls from ages 8 to 14, yes, that’s an eight, to send them explicit pictures of themselves then would extort them for more. No eight-year-old needs to be on Kik just for this very reason and if I’m not mistaken their terms of service say that you must be at least 13 which is still a questionable age for this app.
While your kids may think that Kik is just a messaging app used to talk to their friends it is also a known tool for pedophiles and sex offenders to gain access to your kids. Again I implore you to make sure you know what apps your kids are using and who’s in their friends list.
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.
Big Head Todd over there is 20-year-old Adam Bishop of Greer, South Carolina. He’s been accused of allegedly having a ‘sexual relationship’ with a 14-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe. The ‘relationship’ is said to have been almost a year long.
If you notice the sarcasm quotes all over this post it’s because a 14-year-old girl can not legally consent to a sexual relationship in South Carolina. Therefore what the article calls a ‘sexual relationship’ should be called what it really is, statutory rape with emphasis on the rape.
If you’re not familiar with MeetMe it’s the spiritual successor to the gaudy meat market that MySpace used to be. While its terms of service may allow for underage kids to be on their site I wouldn’t recommend it for kids since it’s mostly used for hook ups.
24-year-old Joseph Oakes of Coventry, Rhode Island, was recently arrested for ‘having a sexual relationship’ with a 14-year-old girl. Not surprisingly, Oakes was using the messaging app Kik to communicate with his victim. Kik has previously been called a tool of the trade by an admitted pedophile.
The problem with Oakes being on Kik is that he’s on probation for a 2011 child porn arrest and according to the terms of the probation he’s not supposed to be on the internet.
I still can’t stress this enough that as a parent you need to not only know which apps your kids are using but who’s on their friends list. Even a tiny device like a smart phone can leave a huge open widow to your kids.
Man Suspected of Having Sex with Redondo Beach Teen:
We have a repeat customer on our hands today. Back in 2011 Hugo Galindo Gonzalez pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of using the Internet to transmit information about a minor. Although what really happened is that he allegedly had sex (child rape) with a 14-year-girl he met on MySpace. Apparently Gonzalez didn’t get the 5 years he was looking at in his plea deal. It did however land him on the sex offender registry.
Recently the 27-year-old Gozalez was arrested in Redondo Beach, California, for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe, the trashy heir apparent to MySpace. He also used messaging app Kik to stay in contract with the girl.
Police believe that he may have more victims…
Based on the nature of the crimes committed by Gonzalez, Redondo Beach Police Detectives are seeking any further persons who might have been victims of Gonzalez to please contact the Redondo Beach Police Department – Investigations Division – Det. Clint Daniel, 310-379-2477 ext. 2480 or email at [email protected]
Note to prosecutors, how about keeping him in jail this time? Just being on the registry obviously didn’t work.
UPDATE 7/13/2014: Gonzalez pleaded no contest to the latest charges and was sentenced to 3 years and eight moths. He’ll be back I’m sure.
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.
Fort Mill mom holds man accused of having sex with her daughter at BB gunpoint:
23-year-old Addison Pittman picked the wrong bedroom to be allegedly caught in. Pittman is said to have met a 15-year-old girl from Fort Mill, South Carolina, over the instant messaging app Kik. Police say that Pittman had sex with the girl at her house then tried sneaking out of her bedroom window. What he didn’t count on was being spotted by a pissed off mother.
The mom is said to have used a BB rifle to keep Pittman from escaping until police arrived. Pittman seemed to be under the impression that the gun was real.
“Please … please do not send me to jail,” the mother said, quoting Pittman. “I said, ‘You should’ve thought about that before you entered my home, into my 15-year-old’s bedroom. Whatever happens now, you deserve.’ ”
Mom also wanted what every parent would want in this kind of situation…
If not for police intervention, Pittman “would’ve gotten beat up,” the girl’s mom said. “I think I would’ve beaten him to a pulp. …I wanted to. I wanted five minutes with him. I asked the officer to please give me five minutes, that’s all I wanted. And, I would’ve put him in the hospital.”
I bet the police would have really loved to given her those five minutes too.
The only question I have about this story is how did they meet through Kik? You can only contact someone on Kik if you know their username so I wonder where the exchange of usernames took place.
Billings man charged with raping two girls:
Ronald Curtis Brown
I have to give the news station credit for using the word rape in the headline. It may be statutory rape but it’s still rape nonetheless, but I’m getting a head of myself.
29-year-old Ronald Curtis Brown of Billings, Montana is accused of using social site MeetMe to have sex with at least two underage girls. Police say that Brown’s MeetMe profile listed his age as anywhere between 13 and 16. I’m not exactly sure how he pulled off that cunning ruse.
One of his victims is 14 and police say that he would pick her up at school during lunch so they could have sex. That’s not creepy in the least. It’s also being said that she was aware of Brown’s true age. Police were led to Brown when the girl’s mother found messages from Brown on the girl’s iPod Touch. His second victim is 15 and they allegedly had sex at Brown’s home while Brown’s 3-year-old daughter was in the next room. To top it all off police caught up to him by posing as a 13-year-old girl on Kik. So no using the ‘she said she was 18’ defense here. Although at the time of his arrest police say he tried using the ‘I was hacked’ excuse which really doesn’t work when the police know the exact time and location you’re supposed to meet someone from the ‘hacked’ messages.
Montana prosecutors aren’t fooling around though as they’ve charged Brown with 13 felony counts of sexual abuse of children and sexual intercourse without consent and are holding him on $200,000 bond. That’s much better than the usual slap on the wrists we’ve seen on some suspects.
Man charged with child rape:
31-year-old James Holland of Albuquerque, New Mexico has been charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl that he allegedly met through Kik. Kik is an instant messaging app for smartphones that’s popular with teens and predators. In order for someone to contact someone else on Kik one would have to give out their username ans as I’ve mentioned before teens are not shy about making their usernames public. I’m not blaming the victims, just warning parents.
Anyway earlier today police say they found the girl in Holland’s bed where she claims they had sex. Holland allegedly tried the worst defense possible. Instead of saying he thought she was 18 he went with 15 instead according to the article. Hate to break it to you assclown but 15 is still illegal.
To parents I highly recommend checking your kids’ phones to see if this app is on there. It’s up to you to decide what to do about it if it is.
Sex assault linked to Instagram:
I remember a time not too long ago where people on the internet were wary about sharing their personal information with strangers. We even told our kids that the don’t talk to strangers rule even applies to the internet. Now in the days of Facebook and Instagram it seems we have abandoned those principles.
Police in Turlock, California, say that 22-year-old Eladio Ramirez of Modesto was able to use this abandoning to his advantage. Ramirez was charged with allegedly ‘having sex’ (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he met through photo sharing app Instagram. He allegedly started following the girl on Instagram while she was 13. The girl was able to sneak out of her house multiple times to meet Ramirez. How Ramirez got tripped up should be a lesson to anyone thinking about getting involved in something like this…
The situation came to light on the morning of Nov. 24 when an individual reported seeing a young girl on Lewis Street sitting alongside the road crying. The responding officer learned from the girl that she had left her home without anyone knowing and when she returned a light was on inside and she was afraid to go back inside, Lewis said.
Police believe that Ramirez may have more victims…
Investigators suspect Ramirez may have had similar encounters with other young girls and are asking them to contact Detective Jason Tosta at 209-668-5550 ext. 6624.
These days you probably have to worry more about what’s on your kids’ smartphone then what’s on their computer. If you’re not careful their phone could give predators access to your kids 24 hours a day especially when they’re not home.