Tumblr is the ultra-popular blogging site among young people. It’s where they make their angsty posts about how they’re offended by everything, how Trump is Hitler, and where all sorts of people are told to check their privilege. Since it is so popular among teens, it’s not uncommon for a child predator to use Tumblr to their advantage. For us internet olds, Tumblr is the heir apparent to LiveJournal.
For example, take 23-year-old Christopher David Galliway, of Fenton, Michigan. Mr. Young Combover made the 1,300 mile and 20 hour trip from his home in Felton, to College Station, Texas, where he allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl he had met through Tumblr. Don’t forget kids, around here we call having sex with minors child rape, and since I know you’re wondering, the age of consent in Texas is 17.
One of the features Tumblr has that parents need to be aware of is its instant messaging feature. That’s right, you have yet another messaging app to be on the lookout for. That’s not even accounting that Tumblr in itself is a very sexually charged platform. Not only is there tons of porn on Tumblr, both professional and homemade, it’s also been used in the past among child porn traders. On the Google Play Store the app is rated as Mature, which is the equivalent of an R rating for apps.
If your children are on Tumblr, there is a ton of questionable content they can be exposed to that’s probably not healthy for them. It would be worth your while not only to check out your kid’s Tumblr, but to see who they’re following as well. You never know when one of them may show up at your doorstep while you’re not home and your child is.
Back in olden times, I use to post stories about unintelligent criminals who would post their crimes on social media and then think that the police never look at such things. I’m not saying I invented that type of content, but after a while everybody started posting stories like that. So being the hipster crime blogger that I am I stopped, but on occasion a story in that vein compels me to post about it once again.
Take for example, our subject above, one 35-year-old Christopher Conway of Phoenix, Arizona. I mean that mugshot alone would probably want to make me post about him even if he was caught for jaywalking. Sadly, that’s not the crime that Conway was arrested for. He was arrested for allegedly violently assaulting his girlfriend and posting the heinous act on the mobile picture sharing app Snapchat.
This wasn’t your ‘typical’ domestic violence either, not that domestic violence should ever be called typical but Conway is said to have gone to some brutally violent extremes…
According to court records, the alleged victim told police that Conway taped her hands, feet, and mouth up. The tapes, according to court documents, were removed and reapplied several times. Police also said the man used weapons, including knives, cigarettes, and a drill, which left various visible injuries. Conway reportedly placed a drill to the alleged victim’s head to tangle her hair.
Conway is said to have taken the woman’s phone and taken a picture of her naked and bound and posted it to Snapchat. When asked about the photo and the incident Conway reportedly replied that it was just “a game”. What fucking game involves knives, cigarettes and a drill? That sounds more like a biker gang initiation. Calling this “a game” is right up there with pedophiles saying they’re just ‘hanging out’ with children.
I have no tolerance for domestic abusers. They’re cowards who think that they have the right to abuse their partners, some even going as far to brag about it, which seems like what Mr. Neck Tattoo did here.
If you’re caught in abusive relationship and need help please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You don’t have to take it and you deserve better. There is no man or woman out there worth being tortured over.
Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey was allegedly caught in a Moore, Oklahoma, motel room with a 17-year-old male that he had met through craigslist. When asked why the Senator was in the room with a minor he was said to have replied “he was just there to hang out with his friend.” I’m pretty sure every time a child predator says that, a Chris Hansen gets his wings.
The teen’s family reportedly told police that the boy has a history of turning himself out on craigslist for money. Just because he was a willing participant, that doesn’t excuse Senator Shortey for his actions. While 16 may be the legal age of consent in Oklahoma, since the boy was under 18 that still makes it child prostitution.
It will be interesting to see if the Senator receives probation or if he will be running for President of the cell block.
There’s not a lot of detail on this story, but federal authorities say that Shane Michael Aurand was working as a babysitter in Buffalo, New York, when he allegedly shared child porn with an undercover agent on the mobile messaging app Kik. To answer your next question, sadly, it is believed that Aurand produced the child porn using a child he was babysitting. He also allegedly said that he would send the agent more child porn if he received some in return. Not to get off topic, but he sounds like the kind of babysitter someone would hire off of craigslist, but I digress.
36-year-old David Ohnmacht was convicted in 2003, in Westchester County, New York, for sexual abuse and sexual assault charges involving four victims, ranging in age from 13 to 15. He was sentenced to 40 months to 10 years in prison, and spent nine years in jail before being released. He used numerous jobs such as lifeguard, ice-cream truck driver, student theater coordinator and party planner to prey upon his victims. It almost seems like this guy wrote the book on how to be a child predator.
Ohnmacht allegedly used the screen names of “Dannyw290” and “little.kitty.love” to pose as a 19-year-old male and a teenage girl in order to get his victim to send him explicit pictures of herself. He is also said to have obtained the girl’s home address and was able to send her sex toys in the mail, more than likely for her to use in images and videos meant for her tormentor. Like a number of predators, again to seemingly appear from a sexual predator’s handbook, he made the girl call her ‘daddy’.
Police believe there may be more victims involved…
Federal authorities said the investigation was ongoing. They asked anyone with information on Ohnmacht or the social media accounts “Dannyw290” and “little.kitty.love” to contact the FBI at (914) 925-3700.
If you’re going to allow your underage kids to use Instagram, then you need to know not only who is following them but who is leaving comments and likes on their pictures. You should also monitor what pictures they’re sharing because predators are able to ascertain many personal details about their victims’ lives just by paying attention to small details in the pictures. The best example I keep giving is that some predators can determine where your child may go to school by seeing the most innocuous item in the background of the picture, such as a sports uniform.
Another thing to be careful of is what many people are calling ‘Finstas’ or ‘Finstagrams’, otherwise known as fake Instagrams. Instagram allows users to create five different accounts, and some people use these Finstas to hide images from whomever they don’t want viewing their pictures. It’s a good idea to occasionally check your kids’ accounts to make sure that they don’t have one of these hidden accounts. If you’re not doing random checks on these apps, then you’re allowing the predators to possibly gain a foothold into their lives.
I originally posted about Brandi Beauchamp, Ashley Breedlove, and Ciera Beauchamp here. Ciera Beauchamp was the legal guardian of a 17-year-old girl who she allegedly prostituted on Backpage. Beuchamp’s sister, Brandi, and her girlfriend Breedlove, are said to have quit their jobs just so they could all collect money from this girl. The victim is said to even have contracted an STI thanks to her ‘guardian’ turning her out on Backpage.
You would think that child traffickers and child abusers like that would have the book thrown at them, but it’s not so. The prosecution has offered them a deal where they will see no jail time if they plead guilty to promoting prostitution. The most they’re looking at is two years of house arrest.
What kind of message does this send when three women were making money off of one 17-year-old girl who was forced to be violated by strangers for money? For that matter what message does that send to the victim where the suspects will only receive ankle bracelets for all the abuse she endured? This isn’t justice, it’s a mockery of what this girl had to withstand. The even sadder part is that this is what Backpage has wrought. There are multitudes of girls just like this still being turned out on Backpage and the legal system hardly seems to care.
25-year-old Jordan David Newman, of Panama City, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Before we continue any further, it really shouldn’t be called a sexual relationship but rather child rape, and the age of consent in Florida is 18 for those that need reminding. Reportedly, Newman is also a local EMT who used the fire station to have sex with the girl. Newman is also accused of using photo sharing app Snapchat to exchange sexually explicit pictures and communicate with his victim.
While I tend to mainly post about online predators, the truth is that a child is more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know. That’s not to say that these ‘familiar’ predators still won’t use the same tools as the online predators. Newman is said to be a friend of the girl’s family. Even if that friend is one of your family’s most trusted associates, it’s highly inappropriate for a 25-year-old man to be having Snapchat conversations with a 16-year-old girl. Any decent man should know that.
I originally posted about the murder of 51-year-old Sam Norman here. Mr. Norman was shot and killed in DeKalb County, Georgia, earlier this month after going to meet someone he thought was selling a drone on the mobile marketplace app LetGo.
Yesterday, DeKalb County police announced that they had made an arrest but did not release any information about it. Today, it was announced that two suspects have been arrested for Mr. Norman’s murder. The suspects are 18-year-old Cicero Smith and an unnamed 15-year-old juvenile. Investigators were able to subpoena the user information from LetGo which led them to Smith. A search of Smith’s home is said to have turned up drone parts that were used in the ad. Smith is also believed to have shot Mr. Norman in the chest. Mr. Norman was said to have given pursuit in his vehicle before succumbing to his injuries. No word yet on if the juvenile will be charged as an adult.
As free apps like these become more prolific, and as more people ignore the safety issues, we will only see more bloodshed. Much like craigslist, since the barrier of entry to these apps is nil, it’s an easy allure for criminals looking to make a quick buck through robbery. However, hopefully the fact that LetGo assisted police in finding the suspect will let criminals know that they can be found.
24-year-old Francisco Javier Soledad, of Eastvale, California, was arrested by both ICE and Homeland Security for allegedly threatening children over Snapchat into sending him explicit pictures of themselves. Soledad is accused of using one of the most common online predator tricks of posing as someone he’s not in order to try to gain the trust of his victims. He reportedly posed as both an adult woman and a 13-year-old boy.
When Soledad is said to have convinced a 13-year-old Illinois boy to send him an explicit video, the boy blocked him on Snapchat, but Soledad used other multiple Snapchat accounts to threaten the boy into sending him more. The boy’s parents contacted law enforcement, and when federal investigators searched Soledad’s devices they are said to have found over 5,000 child porn images. Most of the images were said to be made by Soledad’s victims, the majority of whom have not been identified. Soledad’s main Snapchat username was said to be ‘linkinparkrocks’, and investigators are looking for additional victims.
Officials are encouraging anyone with information about Soledad or his Snapchat handle, “linkinparkrocks,” to call HSI’s toll-free tip line at 1-866-234-7423.
This presents a good opportunity to talk to your kids about a number of things when it comes to using social media. The first is that no matter what stories they’ve heard to the contrary, if an adult is approaching them in a sexual manner online, it’s not out of a romantic interest but a malicious one. The second thing is that once pictures or videos of them have been posted to social media, they are out there forever, no matter how much the app or network tells you that they disappear.