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19-year-old sentenced for buying 'new school shooter' gun for friend

Last week, 19-year-old Hunter Nicholson of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to lying to a federal firearms dealer. You see, Nicholson bought an AM-15 assault rifle with the money his 16-year-old friend gave him. Nicholson then gave the assault rifle, or semi-automatic rifle for you gun preaching pedants out there, to the 16-year-old. The 16-year-old then posed with the gun on Snapchat with the caption of  “revealing new school shooter gun.”

Nicholson agreed to buy the gun for the minor because the minor’s parents didn’t allow to him have guns. Good call, parents.

The gun nuts will tell you that there are no loopholes in firearm laws and that enforcing existing gun laws is gun control enough. So tell me, what law should have been enforced to prevent Nicholson from buying the gun? What law should have been enforced to keep him from giving the gun to a minor?

If a 19-year-old can buy an assault rifle for a 16-year-old then there are definitely loopholes in the system.

Utah man wanted to impregnate 12-year-old he met on Omegle

Tyler Austin Erickson

I mean the headline says it all. 20-year-old Tyler Austin Erickson of Salt Lake City has been charged with attempted rape of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, lewdness involving a child and enticing a minor. Erickson allegedly met a 12-year-old girl on the website Omegle.

Again, for  the uninitiated, Omegle is a website whose tagline is “Talk to strangers!” Omegle lets people engage in video chats with random people. There are no real age checks on Omegle. They say that they monitor the chats that take place but I have to wonder how well monitored they are if a 20-year-old man is grooming a 12-year-old girl, but I digress. And again, I can’t stress this enough, but Omegle is not an app. There’s no icon to look for on any of your kid’s devices. It’s a website that you have to check the device’s browser history to see if it’s being accessed. Any device with a web browser, and an internet connection and a camera can access the video chats on Omegle.

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Getting back to Erickson, he was caught with the girl at the girl’s grandmother’s house. During the investigation, police found messages between the two where they were talking about having a baby together. Prepare your mind bleach.

“Tyler and the juvenile victim had made previous arrangements to meet for sexual encounters if their first encounter was not successful in completing the goal of making the juvenile pregnant.”

Ick.

Anyway, any unmonitored internet device is just an open doorway between predators and your kids.

Students saw gun prior to Bellaire HS shooting

This article from ABC 13 in Houston is just a recap of the accidental shooting at Bellaire High School that left 19-year–old Cesar Cortes dead. There’s not a lot that I haven’t already discussed but buried deep down in the article there was this…

Bellaire Police Lt. Greg Bartlett said the suspect brought the gun with him to school that morning. Investigators believe multiple students saw the suspect with the gun before the shooting occurred.

I don’t know if this was the reason why but we really need to get over the whole ‘snitching’ thing. It’s one thing if you see some other kid vaping in the bathroom, it’s another when they’re carrying a gun. A gun has only one purpose and that’s to kill.

I have yet to see any reports of where the 16-year-old got the gun from.

 

Long Island police release evidence in Gilgo Beach murders

The belt believed to have been used by the killer

I normally do not write about serial killers. I tend to find that the people who are into serial killer stories are a little bit too into them if you know what I mean. However, for the Gilgo Beach murders, I’ll make an exception.

Long story short, the remains of 10 people, mostly women, were found near the Gilgo Beach area on Long Island in Suffolk, County. One of the women they found was Megan Waterman who I wrote about on this site. Back in 2010, she was working as an escort on craigslist when she disappeared. She had a 3-year-old daughter at home. Her body wasn’t found or identified until months later. Along with her body were the remains of others who had worked as craigslist escorts. To this day, no one has been charged with their murders.

More recently, the Suffolk County police released evidence to the public in hopes of finding the killer. They shared pictures of a black leather belt that they believe belongs to the killer. The belt is embossed with the turquoise initials of either ‘H.M.’ or ‘W.H.’ as you can see in the image above.

Police will be launching the website GilgoNews.com where hopefully, someone will come forward with information leading to an arrest.

If craigslist had not kept its erotic/adult services section open as long as they did these victims may not have been such easy targets.

(Sources)
Long Island Press
WCBS 880

WV Kik kreeper was an 'open minded parent'

Timothy Alan Himelright

36-year-old Timothy Alan Himelright of West Virginia was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for sharing child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. Himelright shared a 2-minute child porn video with UK investigators in a group called ‘Open Minded Parents.’

Unfortunately, this isn’t surprising to me as Kik is full of sex offenderspedophiles, and child porn collectors. Not only that but sadly, this isn’t the first instance I’ve posted about where ‘parents’ were willing and eager to exploit their children to strangers on the internet.

Ohio sex offender accused of raping Pa. girl he met on Snapchat

Tray Eisenbraun

19-year-old Tray Eisenbraun of Poland, Ohio has been a busy boy. In his most recent offense, Eisenbraun is accused of traveling to Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania where he allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. The victim thought they were just going to dinner but instead, Eisenbraun is said to have taken her to a wooded area where he raped her. To make matters worse, police say that he message the victim afterward.

After the crime, the suspect continued to instant message the victim saying, “I’m sorry. You know I’m sorry and you know I feel bad for it,” according to the criminal complaint.

Except this isn’t Eisenbraun’s first rodeo. Not only has he been arrested for allegedly recording women in the locker room and bathroom of a local gym, but he’s also a registered sex offender who allegedly failed to report. I’m sure his parents are so proud that he’s achieved so much by the age of 19.

Investigators believe he may have more victims in both Ohio and Pennsylvania and are asking them to come forward.

Anyone with information about Eisenbraun is encouraged to contact Sgt. Matt Irvin at 724-776-5180 or email him at matthew.irvin@cranberrytownship.org.

(Sources)
WPXI
WKBN

Craigslist creeper sentenced for using modeling scam to rape teen

Clarence Turnbo

I’ve been talking about the modeling scam for over a decade now. Predators will place ads on marketplaces or social media promising young girls and women careers in modeling. In other cases, they’ll approach their victims directly on social media. In reality, these predators will use the modeling angle to either exploit or assault their victims.

One of these predators is 65-year-old Clarence Eugene “Beau” Turnbo of North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was recently sentenced to 25 years behind bars for raping a 13-year-old girl who he promised a modeling career to. Turnbo had placed an ad on craigslist looking for models. Turnbo ran a used car dealership.

Turnbo’s defense was that the girl came to him asking for money for sex. However, DNA and text messaging evidence proved otherwise.

Just like not everyone can be a pro athlete or rock star, not everyone can be a successful model and sadly, there are too many creeps like this who prey on the vanity of their victims to use for their own predatory purposes.

The world we live in: Active shooter insurance

Yeah, so that’s a thing now. So instead of doing something about the proliferation of guns in the hands of those who have no business owning them we’re just going to treat mass shootings like a force of nature. So like a hurricane or flood we’re just going to throw our hands up and say “What can you do?” At least with floods and hurricanes, we get some kind of warning before they happen.

Corrections officer was 'conducting sting' when he assaulted Snapchat girl

Khurtis Maasch

I’ve mentioned in the past how I used to a fan of the ‘To Catch a Predator’ series that used to be on NBC Dateline. My favorite parts were the excuses the suspects used to give after Chris Hansen asked them to have a seat. While Chris Hansen may not be involved, this alleged excuse may just take the proverbial cake.

31-year-old Khurtis Maasch was a corrections officer for the state of Colorado. He allegedly posed as an 18-year-old named Jax on Snapchat to talk to a 14-year-old girl that supposedly popped up in his feed. They ‘had sex’ (child rape) on multiple occasions. When the girl became suspect of Maasch’s age she told her parents who got the Fountain, Colorado police involved. While police were interviewing the girl Maasch allegedly messaged the girl…

While one detective was interviewing the girl, Maasch sent another message and tried to convince her to agree to anal sex in the backseat of his SUV.

Cue the Mallrats jokes…

Posing as the girl, local police set up a meeting with Maasch. At the time of his arrest, he is said to have told police that he was only there “because he wanted to ‘do a sting’ to teach parents and their teens the dangers of sexual predators.”

Was he going to teach the parents this lesson before or after he assaulted the girl?

Mich. woman sentenced for Snapchat child porn

Madalynne P. Iteen

22-year-old Madalynne P. Iteen of Lowell, Michigan, was arrested back in 2018 for taking explicit pictures of an 8-month-old baby she was babysitting. She then shared the pictures on Snapchat with a man from Canada. These were no cute baby pictures misconstrued as child porn as Iteen admitted positioning the baby in sexual ways.

More recently, she was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to production of child porn. She’ll also be on the sex offender registry 10 years after her release.

Sadly, this is far from the first time I’ve posted about women producing child porn for their online ‘boyfriends’.