Attentive mom busts sneaker creeper on Instagram

Attentive mom busts sneaker creeper on Instagram
Mohamed El-Saawy

(Story broke 5/3/2017)

62-year-old Mohamed El-Saawy of Johns Creek, Georgia, was arrested for allegedly trying to lure a 14-year-old boy by promising him high-end shoes through Instagram. The way he was caught was a thing of beauty, if the word beauty can be used in this instance.

The 14-year-old boy was using his mom’s phone for Instagram because his phone was broken. The mom reviewed his Instagram activity and was able to arrange a meeting with El-Saawy that just so happened to involve police. The mom also has some great advice for parents…

“Be vigilant,” she said. “It’s not invading their privacy. It’s making sure that they stay safe.”

In other words, be their parent.

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

Trio accused of prostituting pregnant teen on Backpage

(Story broke 6/23/2017)

Three people were arrested in Acworth, Georgia, recently for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on Backpage. If that wasn’t bad enough, the girl was also 23 1/2 weeks pregnant at the time of her alleged traffickers’ arrests. Police say that there could be additional arrests.

The article I linked to from WSB in Atlanta didn’t mention the suspects’ names, but from the video it sounds like they are Amanda Beck, Joanne Grindel, and, I kid you not, Cross Beaver. I have no idea if any of their names have been spelled correctly.

Suspect names aside, this is just one more travesty to add to the unending list of travesties that have been perpetrated through the pages of Backpage. Sex trafficking is still taking place on their website no matter how many times they cry censorship, which means Backpage is still making money from the pimps and traffickers who use violence and force as their tools to sell women and children over and over again.

It is an embarrassment to our society that more people aren’t outraged about this.

Female teacher gets jail time for Snapchat sex with student

Female teacher gets jail time for Snapchat sex with student
Amelia Tat

(Story broke 5/1/2017)

27-year-old Amelia Tat was a middle school teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia. Last June, she was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old male student after communicating with the student on Instagram, and of course Snapchat. The ‘relationship’ (child rape) went on for 8 months before the boy’s mother discovered text messages between Tat and the student.

For those of you who say things like “I wish I had a teacher like that when I was 14”, the boy has been diagnosed with PTSD. So, I hope you’re also hoping for a lifetime of mental health problems to go along with your statutory rape fantasy.

Surprisingly, Tat was sentenced to ten years in prison. Not surprisingly she had eight years suspended. So she’ll only have to spend two years in prison and I have no doubt she’ll be released early since she’s a new mother. Thankfully, not with her victim.

Snapchat’s new map feature is a cause for concern, but it’s not the end of the world

Snapchat's new map feature is a cause for concern, but it's not the end of the world

(Story broke 6/25/2017)

Photo sharing app Snapchat has added a new feature called Snap Map, and it has some parents concerned. The new feature allows Snapchat users to see the location of other users, but it’s not as dangerous as it may sound.

First off, the feature is off by default. If someone wants to be found on Snap Map they need to turn it on first. Secondly, not everyone on Snapchat can see where every other user is. You can only see people on your friends list and they have to enable Snap Map. So no, child predators won’t know where your child is at all time. However, that does come with a caveat.

As a parent, you need to know who your child is friends with on Snapchat. Check their friends list regularly and ask who they are and how old they are. Make sure you get a first and last name for all their friends. If your child were to unknowingly friend someone who was a child predator and turned on Snap Map then they could know where your child is.

Much like with every other social app out there, it’s your job as a parent to prevent your kids from meeting predators online. The apps are not going to do it for you.

Kik kreeper ‘bigbillz36’ accused of sending child porn to 13-year-old girl

Kik kreeper 'bigbillz36' accused of sending child porn to 13-year-old girl
Billy Duane Adkins

(Story broke 5/3/2017)

30-year-old Billy Duane Adkins, of Huntington, West Virginia, is accused of allegedly sending child porn to a 13-year-old Montana girl using the mobile messaging app Kik. Not only that, but one of the images he sent is said to have been of himself performing sexual acts with a girl under the age of 6. Adkins’ Kik user name is said to have been ‘bigbillz36’. Looking at his mugshot the biggest bill he’s probably ever seen is a five.

When police searched his devices, they reportedly found over 130 images of child porn. At the time this story broke, Adkins was being held on $50,000 bond. That’s probably more big bills than he’s seen in a lifetime.

I can’t stress enough just how much Kik is full of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. If you let your kids use this app, you have to know who they’re talking to on it. I would recommend that if they can’t identify their friends on Kik with a first and last name and they’re not local, those friends need to be removed from their friends list.

Pimp of murdered child prostitute from Backpage arrested in Chicago

Pimp of murdered child prostitute from Backpage arrested in Chicago

(Story broke 6/21/2017)

Back in December, I originally posted about the murder of 16-year-old Desiree Robinson. She was allegedly murdered by 32-year-old Antonio Rosales, who responded to her ad on Backpage requesting that she join him at a party in Markham, Illinois. He reportedly beat her and slit her throat after he didn’t have enough money to pay her. At the time of that post I said her pimp should also be charged since, in my opinion, he’s equally as culpable in Desiree’s death. While he hasn’t been charged with her murder, 33-year-old Joseph Hazley of Chicago, has been charged in federal court with sex trafficking of a minor.

Hazley was also allegedly prostituting a 19-year-old the same time he was turning out Desiree on Backpage. At one point, according to the unidentified 19-year-old, he made her watch him and Desiree ‘having sex’ and after Desiree died he asked the other girl to come back to work for him, saying, “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Hazley is looking at 10 to life in federal prison. Here’s hoping it’s closer to life than it is to 10.

There’s a whole lot of ‘not caring’ in this tragic story. Rosales obviously didn’t care about the life of Desiree Robinson. Neither did Hazley except when it came to making money. Most importantly Backpage doesn’t care that 16-year-old girls are being peddled on their website as long as the pimps continue to pay for the ads. Desiree did have a family that cared for her and they still do. They’re currently suing Backpage for allowing Desiree to be prostituted. While most of these lawsuits have failed in the past, lawsuits like this may be successful in the future due to the Congressional investigation that found Backpage was editing their ads to make them appear less criminal.

Las Vegas man accused of raping woman from craigslist after posing as cop

Las Vegas man accused of raping woman from craigslist after posing as cop
Bobby Joseph Brown

(Story broke 5/2/2017)

41-year-old Bobby Joseph Brown, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of allegedly raping a woman he met through craigslist. In early April, Brown is said to have met with a woman from craigslist for a ‘sexual encounter’. The woman reportedly changed her mind which caused Brown to produce a gun and say that he was a cop. He then raped the woman multiple times in his apartment.

In late April, Brown is said to have met with another woman through craigslist’s casual encounters section and tried the same trick, but this time his victim escaped. While I can’t say this with 100% certainty, considering Brown claimed to be a cop, it leads me to believe these women may have been prostitutes. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to a crime like rape. No woman ever deserves that nightmare. Rightfully, Brown is currently being held without bail.

This story does show one thing though, prostitution is still alive and well on craigslist, except now it’s in the casual encounters section. Much like the prostitution on Backpage has moved to the personals section. It also shows predators and rapists are still using craigslist as their own personal victim menu. Yet craigslist continues to spend zero dollars on moderating illegal content on their site which could prevent any number of these crimes.

Suspect arrested in Florida murder of teen, says deal was for weed not Playstation

Suspect arrested in Florida murder of teen, says deal was for weed not Playstation
Ed Lamarre

(Story broke 6/21/2017)

20-year-old Ed Lamarre, of Miami, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the supposed craigslist killing of 19-year-old Brian Brown in North Miami Beach. Previously it was thought Brown was selling a Playstation on craigslist when he was killed. Now, reports are saying the deal was actually for marijuana.

Police say in their arrest report Lamarre got in the back of Brown’s car and was handed a bag containing some weed. Instead of paying for it, it’s alleged Lamarre shot Brown in the back and fled. Lamarre was captured because he left his phone behind and was picked out by Brown’s girlfriend in a photo line up.

Brown’s family is maintaining Brian was not a drug dealer, however, police are saying craigslist was not part of his murder.

Lamarre is said to have confessed to the murder.

Even if Brian Brown was selling weed to Lamarre, his life was still cut short by a lazy and greedy asshole. Lamarre was even said to have had no intention of paying Brown for the weed. So instead he shot Brown in the back over a half-ounce of weed after Brown allegedly tried to take it back. Lamarre allegedly killed Brian Brown just because he didn’t want to pay to get high, and now a man who had a potentially bright future is dead. To me that makes Lamarre one of the lowest forms of criminal.

Charlotte man killed during LetGo transaction

Charlotte man killed during LetGo transaction

(Story broke 6/19/2017)

21-year-old Zack Finch was shot and killed on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Father’s day while trying to buy a cell phone. Zack was using the classifieds app LetGo which has been involved in at least two other murders in its short life. Much like the recent craigslist killing of Brian Brown in Florida, Zack Finch was another athlete who had a bright future ahead of him. Instead he was gunned down by greedy cowards looking to make a fast buck regardless of the cost of life.

As I’ve said before, the old rules to making these transactions don’t apply anymore as Zack was shot in broad daylight in public. If you insist on using any of these classifieds sites or apps, please meet the other person involved at a police station. Most police stations now have areas set up specifically for these transactions.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Zack’s funeral expenses.

So far no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective.

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the friends and family of Zack Finch.

Supreme Court overturns NC law banning sex offenders from social media

Supreme Court overturns NC law banning sex offenders from social media

(Story broke 6/19/2017)

Back in the days of MySpace hysteria, the state of North Carolina made it illegal for any registered sex offender to be on social media. They were required to turn over their e-mail addresses and any social media accounts they had. It’s not like sex offenders are known liars and can create any number of alternate accounts, but I digress.

The Supreme Court has overturned that law stating that banning sex offenders from social media is a violation of their first amendment rights. You may be surprised to know, I’m not too broken up about this ruling. When this law was first enacted I was living in North Carolina. It was pushed for hard by then state Attorney General Roy Cooper. At that time I called it nothing more than ‘feel good’ legislation designed to garner reelection for Cooper by pandering to the soccer mom crowd. Considering that Cooper is now the Governor of NC, he’s got pandering down to an art form. I also referred to it as ‘The Dumbfish Law’ because I thought at the time only a ‘dumb fish’ would jump into the figurative boat helmed by Cooper, and not surprisingly some did. This legislation also didn’t address all the predators not on the sex offender registry nor did it prevent RSOs from creating dummy accounts.

The other thing I didn’t like about this legislation is the Government of North Carolina was basically absolving parents from doing their jobs of protecting their own children from online predators. It’s not the government’s job to raise your kids.

What I am curious to know is, what’s going to happen to all the sex offenders that were sent back to prison after violating this now unconstitutional law? I see a lot of lawsuits in the Tar Heel State’s future.