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Defense contractor charged with being a craigslist creeper in Guam faces new allegations

I originally posted about Michael Louis McCarron here. In 2017, he was a defense contractor staying in Guam. While there he was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from an NCIS investigator posing as a 13-year-old girl from craigslist. He has not gone to trial yet for those charges.

However, McCarron was back in Guam recently for alleged probation violations. The FBI is accusing McCarron of posting advertisements for his wife on escort websites in the Boise, Idaho area. So, to put it bluntly, the FBI believes that McCarron is pimping out his wife. This violates the probation condition that McCarron is not to use any internet-connected device.

McCarron’s defense attorney is arguing that it was McCarron’s wife that posted the ads. When asked who posted the ads, McCarron’s wife started to respond but was advised of her fifth-amendment rights by the judge.

What kind of man goes from being arrested on online child solicitation charges to allegedly turning out his wife online? Then, thinking that no matter who in his marriage was posting the ads, that he could somehow get around the terms of his probation. Not a smart one, I guess.

Florida Man Accused of Raping 10-year-old Girl He Met on Snapchat

Austin Altman

Again, not all pedophiles are creepy old men. Case in point, 22-year-old Austin Altman from Pasco County, Florida is accused of allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl that he met on Snapchat.

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Altman reportedly drove to the girl’s home in Hernando County, picked her up late at night and then drove her back to his home. The victim states that Altman raped her by holding her down by her throat and ignoring her demands to stop.

Police were able to track down Altman who denied even knowing the girl before police found the girl in his bedroom.

Snapchat is rated T for Teen on the Google Play Store. According to its own terms of service, users have to be 13 to use the platform. That being said, no 10-year-old child needs to be on Snapchat for any reason. If your child has any kind of mobile device whether it’s a phone or tablet, all they need is a wifi connection to access Snapchat or any other questionable app. Please learn how to use the parental controls on whatever device your kids may have or else the device is just an open window to your kid’s bedroom for predators.

High School Students Tackle Armed Teen

Yesterday at La Habra High School in California, a 14-year-old student produced a gun during shop class and started pointing it at other students. The other students were able to wrestle him to the ground and take the gun away from him. It later turned out that the gun was not loaded, but that’s not the point.

If the gun had been loaded, a struggle could have easily resulted in fatalities. Where was a 14-year-old able to get a hold of a gun anyway?

So, once again, instead of doing something about the easy access people have to firearms we’d rather rely on high school students acting as their own bodyguards.

Kentucky craigslist creeper arrested in WV

Joseph Hutchinson

Just because craigslist got rid of its personals and casual encounters sections doesn’t mean that the creepers have left the site. 55-year-old Joseph Hutchinson of Covington, Kentucky, is accused of posting an ad on craigslist that read: “Looking for a young guy, 18-30, to meet today through Sunday. Let’s get to know each other.”

A 15-year-old boy was said to have responded to the ad. Hutchinson didn’t seem to mind as Hutchinson is said to have sent explicit messages to the boy along with explicit photos. A meeting was arranged at a McDonald’s in Ellenboro, West Virginia.

Of course, the boy was actually a police investigator and Hutchinson was arrested without incident. To cap off this story, Hutchinson reportedly told police that he changed his mind about having sex with the boy on his way to WV and only wanted to buy him lunch at the Golden Arches. Sure you were. I bet you were only going to hang out too.

While the article doesn’t state it, I would guess that the ad was posted in the Missed Connections section of craigslist which has become the de-facto place for creeps on craigslist since the other sections were shut down.

17-year-old brings gun to school, poses for pictures with it

In Spring, Texas, a 17-year-old student has been charged with bringing a gun to Klein Collins High School. He also allegedly posed with the gun for pictures on Snapchat. Not only that but other students posed with the gun pointing it at the camera.

However when asked about the gun by police…

The student said “he did not remember” taking the picture and denied ever knowing about the gun or posing with it, court documents state. The student then gave written consent to have police search his phone.

So basically, we have several students who knew about the gun and did not report it. Those students have also been charged.

No word on where the gun was obtained from but it’s Texas. It could have been the prize in a box of cereal.

Would-be school shooter from Virginia Beach released from prison

Back in April of 2009, 17-year-old Philip Bay was arrested for plotting an attack against Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. He was discovered to be in possession of 28 pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and various bomb-making materials.

Bay also had a ‘fascination’ with Columbine and would reportedly make anti-Semitic comments to his classmates. He also constantly wore a trench coat while shooting birds with a BB gun according to neighbors. On his MySpace, which was a thing at the time, he listed his heroes as Eric Harris and “whoever invented gunpowder.” He also walked around the neighborhood with a sword and when neighbors expressed concerns to his mother, neighbors said she had a “not my son” mentality.

He was tried as an adult and was convicted in 2010. In 2011, he was sentenced to 12 years behind bars. At the time of his conviction, he had already spent two years in jail.

While details are scarce, it seems that he was released from prison today. Bay is now 28-years-old. At the time of his conviction, he apologized for his actions although I tended to believe that he was sorrier that he got caught.

Hopefully, prison has changed him from being a mass-murdering wannabe anti-Semite into a productive member of society but that remains to be seen. Here’s hoping he won’t show up in these posts again.

Documentary hopes to find the killer of Carina Saunders

I’m usually dismissive of crime documentaries. It seems more often than not that they only provide one half of the story. Making a Murderer and the Paradise Lost series immediately come to mind. However, a Texas filmmaker is getting ready to make a documentary that I am more than willing to get behind.

Carina Saunders was 19 when she was brutally murdered in 2011. Her dismembered body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma. People of interest have been arrested for her murder only to be later released.

In 2017, police seized items, which belonged to Carina, from a home where Carina was last seen alive. The person who owned the home was believed to have prostituted Carina but maintains his innocence. State investigators also believe there is a cell phone video of Carina’s murder in someone’s possession. There has been a theory floating around various law enforcement circles that Carina was killed as an example to coerce other women into being trafficked.

Now, a Texas filmmaker by the name of Josh Vargas wants to make a documentary about Carina’s unsolved murder.

“I am a filmmaker…this is what I do. It is the biggest ace in my deck for helping the family,” said Vargas.

“I plan to talk with anyone closely affiliated with the case or those who knew her before this tragedy,” said Vargas.

Vargas has teamed up with the family to create a documentary about Carina Saunders’ life and death – one they hope will bring in new leads.

Hopefully, Vargas’ film will get the attention of the American public like lesser and more prejudiced documentaries have.

There is still a $10,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Carina’s killer or killers.

If you have any information that could help solve the case the OSBI tipline is 1-899-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov

Indiana school shooter wanted to 'cause maximum damage'

The window that was shot out at Dennis Intermediate School.

Back in December of last year, 14-year-old Brandon Clegg forced his mother’s boyfriend at gunpoint to drive him to Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, Indiana. By the time Clegg got to the school, his mother had already warned police that her son was going to shoot up the school. The school went into lockdown and police arrived on the scene quickly. After exchanging gunfire with police, Clegg chose to take his own life. Outside of Clegg, no one was harmed in the shooting, but the story didn’t end there.

Clegg’s mother claimed that her son was bullied at the school when he attended there but he had not attended the school in some time. Former classmates say that Clegg was teased about his hair but wasn’t really bullied. Clegg had obtained the firearms from a gun cabinet in the home that wasn’t very secure. He grabbed the guns after breaking the glass to the cabinet.

Clegg’s mother also claimed that her son went to the school strictly to kill himself but Clegg also took Molotov cocktails with him to the school. Police later announced that they believed that Clegg intended to inflict maximum damage and a handwritten plan of attack against the school had been found.  Clegg’s mother had also appeared on the Dr. Oz TV show but I can’t speak to that since I never watched it.

However, earlier today, an arrest warrant was issued for Clegg’s mother, Mary York. She’s been charged with six felony and one misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

The charges are:

  • Dangerous control of a child for recklessly allowing her son to possess a handgun and rifle while aware there was a substantial risk of him committing a felony — murder or battery — and failing to make a reasonable effort to prevent the use of the firearms in the commission of a felony;
  • Neglect of a dependent by placing the dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent for failing to remove firearms from their South West 16th Street residence after her son threatened to kill students at Dennis and discharged a firearm inside her home;
  • Neglect of a dependent by depriving the dependent of necessary support for failing to remove a .45-caliber handgun from the home after her son threatened to kill students at Dennis;
  • Neglect of a dependent by depriving the dependent of necessary support for failing to provide counseling for her son because of his mental health issues;
  • Neglect of a dependent by depriving dependent of necessary support for failing to reasonably supervise her son;
  • Neglect of a dependent by placing the dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent for failing to ensure her son was taking prescribed medications; and 
  • Criminal recklessness for recklessly or knowingly performing an act that created a substantial risk of bodily injury to Dennis students and staff because she allowed firearms in her residence after learning her son had threatened to kill students at Dennis and had discharged a handgun in her home.

To be more specific, York allegedly allowed firearms to be kept in the home after being made well aware of Clegg’s mental illness. She allegedly told police that she wasn’t aware that her son had any mental health issues even though her son had been admitted to a mental health treatment center for expressing homicidal and suicidal thoughts. She took him out of the center against medical advice. York also reportedly took Clegg off of his medication because it made him feel ‘weird’. Clegg claimed to have heard voices but from what I understand, schizophrenics don’t hear voices in their head until adulthood. If I am wrong about that please feel free to correct me. Clegg was even said to have fired a gun in the home but the incident was never reported.

I’m not saying she put the gun in her son’s hand but she may as well have with the way she disregarded his mental health issues and then hid them from police.

It’s incredibly rare for the parent of a school shooter to be charged in connection with the crimes their children commit but we are starting to see a reversal of that way of thinking. As far as I’m concerned law enforcement should have been doing this with a lot of parents going back to the 90s.

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'Ray Crusader' indicted for wanting to 'get naked' with Kik teen

Richard Conte

Whenever I hear about a cop being busted in some form of online sting I always assume that cops should recognize when they’re about to be busted. So, I’m either assuming wrong or even cops let the wrong head do the thinking for them.

For example, 48-year-old Richard Conte was a sergeant with the Howell Township police in New Jersey. He responded to an ad on a personal site that read “Down at my shore house for the week.. looking to meet new friends!:

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Conte allegedly moved the conversation to mobile messaging app Kik where he is said to have gone by the username of ‘Ray Crusader’. That’s a worse fake name than Trench Reynolds, but I digress. The person Conte was communicating with said that they were a 15-year-old girl. Conte told her to say that she was 18 on Kik. Meanwhile, Conte was supposedly pretending to be 19. Conte allegedly used Kik on his work phone where he told the teen he wanted to get naked with her.

Of course, you can already guess that the girl was actually another police officer except they worked for the Toms River Police Department who arrested Conte when he showed up for the predetermined rendezvous.

Conte was recently indicted on charges of luring, attempted endangering the welfare of a child and attempted sexual contact with a victim age 13 to 15. He has been suspended without pay.

Again, I’m not trying to pick on police, but there does seem to be a disturbing trend developing lately.

Let’s also not forget that Kik is the preferred app of sex offenderspedophiles, and child porn collectors everywhere.

16-year-old found with loaded gun at Minnesota high school

Last week, in St. Paul, Minnesota, a 16-year-old student of  Jennings Community School was allegedly found to be in possession of a loaded 9MM handgun. The student was said to have taken a picture of himself with the gun in the school bathroom which was posted to Snapchat.

School faculty was able to get the gun off the student without any incident but what the student told investigators is more than disturbing…

He told officers that he got the gun from someone on his way to school that day, but added that “he (couldn’t) say too much … (or) say somebody’s name,” according to the charges.

The teen reportedly smelled “strongly of marijuana” at the time, and told officers that he smoked it earlier that morning.

So, we have a 16-year-old who’s high AF as the kids say and just happened to get a gun from someone on his way to school. Then, while still potentially high took the loaded gun into the school where he posed with it for Snapchat.

No word on where the gun actually came from but he could potentially be telling the truth. However, only by the slimmest odds did this not turn into a deadly situation. If you’ll recall, the school shooting at Campbell County High School in 2005 is said to have started when school faculty tried taking the gun from Kenny Bartley.

At one point, I’m sure the gun belonged to a ‘responsible’ gun owner because black market guns just don’t end up on the street by magic.