60-year-old Wisconsin veterinarian charged with being Backpage sex trafficker

60-year-old Wisconsin veterinarian charged with being Backpage sex trafficker
Brian Lee Kersten

60-year=old Brian Lee Kersten is a veterinarian from Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, which has a population of not quite 3,000. I’m sure you can just imagine the kindly looking old man mending injured puppies or delivering a litter of kittens, but police consider him part of a major sex trafficking ring.

Kersten is not only accused of allegedly trying to trick a woman into prostituting herself on Backpage by promising her a legitimate job, but he’s also accused of travelling to China, with an associate, in order to being back girls and women into the country illegally to work as prostitutes for him.

This shows that sexual slavery, and Backpage’s involvement, is not just a big city problem and it’s not just being committed by minorities, like some people think. It’s also in small town America being committed by local businessmen or supposed pillars of the community. Because of Backpage, sexual slavery, human trafficking and child prostitution is happening all over our country.

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.

Wisc. city to fine parents of bullies and why it won’t work

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The city of Shawano, Wisconsin, recently enacted a new ordinance that would fine the parents of students who are deemed bullies.

Under the new ordinance, parents and guardians will have 90 days after they’re informed by a police officer of their child’s behavior to intervene.

If the parent doesn’t stop their child from acting as a bully the parent will be fined $366.

If there is a second offense within one year, the parent will be fined $681.

I’ve always thought that the parents of bullies should be held responsible for the actions of their children since they’re usually in denial about their kids being bullies, however, this legislation is not the answer and may only make things worse. Think about it for a moment: bullies thrive on two things, intimidation and escalation. If a kid’s parents get fined that kid is only going to make things worse for his/her victims and these fines will do nothing to curtail bullying. Let’s not also forget that schools often have a hard time actually identifying bullies. In too many cases kids who are identified as bullies are actually the victims of bullies who try to defend themselves.

In a perfect world these fines would cause the parents to admonish their kids for being bullies but in reality their parents will continue to deny their kids’ behavior and their kids will lash out at their victims in retaliation.

Instead of trying to combat bullying we should be teaching our kids not to be victims. My biggest regret from all my years of being bullied in school is not standing up to my bullies. A little bit of self-confidence can carry you far.

WI suspect was 15-year-old’s Snapchat pimp

Jacob Medina
Jacob Medina

It’s no secret to those in the know that Snapchat is popular among the adult entertainment crowd. For the right price you can have access to the private Snapchat accounts of any number of cam girls, adult actresses and nude models. So it should come as no surprise when the more unscrupulous among us to exploit the most vulnerable among us.

Take 31-year-old Jacob Medina of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, for example. He’s accused of not only allegedly running the Snapchat account of a 15-year-old girl who was posting explicit pictures of herself but, he’s also accused of ‘having sex’ with her. By now you should know that when I put the sarcasm quotes around having sex you know I actually mean child rape. Since the victim was too young to open her own PayPal account Medina is said to have opened it for her in order to collect payments. No word on how much of a cut Medina kept for himself.

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The victim was said to have used an iPhone that had no calling plan attached to it but could still access the internet through wi-fi. It’s not specified in this article but in a lot of cases online predators and pimps will provide their victims with devices in order to stay in contact with them while circumventing parents. Most, if not all, of these devices only require a wi-fi signal in order to access the internet and can be used at any public wi-fi access point such as coffee shops and the like.

The point being that predators and pimps have an enormous bag of tricks at their disposal in order to try to exploit your kids. Even knowing just a few of them goes a long way in helping to protect your children.

73-year-old man charged with being a Kik kreeper

James Swanson
James Swanson

73-year-old James Swanson, of Crivitz, Wisconsin, has been arrested by Waukesha police for allegedly soliciting a 15-year-old girl for sex over the mobile messaging app Kik. Police say that Swanson tried using his photography business as a way to approach his alleged victim. However the 15-year-old girl was actually a detective from the Waukesha police.

Police say Swanson asked the detective, who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, for nude photos “several times,” allegedly telling the detective/15-year-old girl “I like young.”

The complaint indicates Swanson sent the detective photos of nude, younger females, along with pornographic images and videos.

Of course police set up a meeting where Swanson was arrested and at the time of his arrest he was reportedly in possession of a sex toy and erectile dysfunction pills, among other things.

Police believe he may have had other victims…

Police say if Swanson has taken nude photos of you against your will, you should contact the Waukesha Police Department at (262) 524-3831.

The main reason I posted this story is because this is a septuagenarian who had the technical wherewithal to be able to use Kik proficiently enough to try to find victims. If you’re a parent of a child who is in the target demographic for Kik users and you think you’re too old to learn how to navigate your kid’s smartphone you’re not. You’re never too old to learn how to protect your kids from the sex offenders and pedophiles on Kik.

Nursing home employee accused of taking Snapchat video of naked resident

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21-year-old Grace Riedlinger,of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, is accused of allegedly taking a video of a partially dressed resident of a Kenosha nursing home then sharing it on the photo and video sharing app Snapchat.

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The woman in the video is 93 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She was unable to tell police what had happened, the complaint states.

Police viewed the video, which showed the woman sitting on a bed, wearing only a bra.

When Riedlinger talked to police she said the woman had been giving her a hard time while she tried getting the woman ready for bed. She said the woman was playing tug of war with her, and decided to record it and post it as a story on Snapchat.

Unfortunately this not a new crime. Since the advent of the cell phone camera some unscrupulous nursing home employees have been engaged in this illegal behavior. Not only is this blatant degradation of some of the most helpless members of our society but I would imagine it’s also a blatant violation of the medical privacy laws in our country known as HIPAA. Having worked in the healthcare industry for half of my life I can tell you that HIPAA penalties are no joke and can carry some hefty fines or jail time. I would imagine that the nursing home’s lawyers are scrambling right now.

Before my mom passed she had to spend some time in a nursing facility for physical therapy. Because of things like this my brother took turns spending as much time with her there as we could to make sure nothing like this could occur. If you have a loved one or relative in such a facility think about spending an entire day with them just to see what is going on in their facility. I realize that not all nursing homes or nursing home employees are like this. It turned out my mom was in a great facility with amazing people working there however, it will only cost you some time to help keep one of your loved ones safe.

Wisc. craigslist creeper knew 14 would get him 20

Jon Mulder
Jon Mulder

I really don’t mean to be picking on the upper Midwest today but Minnesota and Wisconsin seem to be producing all the creepers today.

For example, 43-year-old Jon Mulder, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Police say that Mulder responded to the following ad on the casual encounters section…

“Home BORED!!! – w4m – Lookin for some fun with no judgements. Hit me up for some fun & we can party. :))”

Except the 14-year-old girl was actually La Crosse police. This is where all the cries of entrapment will come up from people who don’t really know the definition of entrapment, but I’ll humor them.

While talking with the girl when the subject of her age was approached Mulder allegedly said…

“Your age could get me 20 years in prison”

So not even close to entrapment.

Minn. MeetMe molester: “So … what did I drive down here for?”

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27-year-old Alexander S. Nelson, of Minnesota, is accused of allegedly ‘having sex’ with several underage girls (child rape) in Minnesota and Wisconsin. His victims are said to be at least in the double digits. Authorities received a tip from the social networking and hook up site MeetMe that someone was posing as a teen in order to solicit the girls for sex.

One victim from River Falls, Wisconsin, which lies on the border of Minnesota, is said to have snuck Nelson into her home where her mother and grandmother were sleeping. After talking with the girl Nelson allegedly asked the girl “So … what did I drive down here for?” before having sex with her. Classy.

Nelson is said to now be apologetic for his actions…

“He said that he was real sorry about everything, but ‘all of that’ was behind him now,” the complaint states.

Which as you should know by now translates to “I’m sorry I got caught.”

As I’ve said before MeetMe is the heir apparent to MySpace as far as hooking up and sexual predators go. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if your underage kids should be on MeetMe but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Suspect may have exposed himself to 60 girls on Facebook

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Police in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, have arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly exposing himself to 60 victims on Facebook. Police have charged the man, who is said to have used the alias ‘David James’, with three counts of exposing himself to minors. Of course police believe he may have had multiple victims and are asking for the public’s help.

Investigators suspect there may be more victims related to this incident. Parents should check their child’s or teens Facebook accounts to see if they were contacted by this subject. If they believe contact was made with this male, they should contact School Resource Officer David Maas at (920) 236-5700. The investigation continues into this incident.

If you have minor children that use Facebook you may want to check their accounts anyway to make sure they’re not being approached by someone like this. While you may trust your child you can’t trust an online predator.

Creep posted child porn to Tumblr for ‘his own purposes’

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I hate to give any kind of criminal tips on how to commit their crimes but why do so many child porn purveyors post their wares to any kind of social networking or blogging site?

For example take 55-year-old Samuel Silverstein of Glendale, Wisconsin. He was arrested for allegedly posting child porn to the blogging platform Tumblr. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are said to have contacted authorities when the child porn was discovered. At the time of his arrest Silverstein was reported to have told investigators that the child porn he allegedly posted was for his own use. First, ick. Secondly, I seriously doubt that anyone posting child porn to Tumblr wasn’t trying to share it. Lastly, Tumblr is already messed up enough without people feeling the need to post child porn on it.