The other day I posted about a sex offender who was suing MySpace for giving law enforcement his information. Now we have two North Carolina sex offenders who are fighting to be allowed on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.
For those of you who may not know North Carolina was one of the first states to enact a law that bans registered sex offenders from being on sites like MySpace and Facebook. I’m not a big fan of the law because I thought the main benefit of the law was to get North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper re-elected and that it does nothing about sexual predators who haven’t been caught yet. However there are some sex offenders who have been stupid enough to get caught by this law and I have no problem with sex offenders going back to jail.
Anyway back to this story. The names of the sex offenders are unimportant but one is arguing that he needs to be on sites like Facebook in order to promote his business. The sex offender in question was convicted for indecent liberties with a child. My point being is that he should have thought about the effect of being a sex offender would have on his business before he molested a child.
Not to mention that even if the NC law were to be struck down sites like Facebook and MySpace are private companies. They can ban whoever they feel like and there’s nothing that the sex offenders can do about it.
Police: Tolland Man, Teen Advertised Prostitution Services on Craigslist:
Man, teen netted in prostitution sting:
Batboy over there is 25-year-old Thomas Napolitano of Tolland, Connecticut. He was arrested in Coventry, Conn. for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on craigslist.
But Trench, I hear you say, how is that possible since craigslist got rid of adult/erotic services worldwide? That’s because Napolitano allegedly posted 46 ads in the casual encounters section of craigslist. You know, the unmoderated and still free section of craigslist.
Again I call on craigslist to either moderate the casual encounters section or get rid of it all together because the community policing is obviously not working.
Pimp convicted — but not to be found:
32-year-old Baruti Hopson of Seattle was convicted of prostituting an underage girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. The problem is he wasn’t there to hear his conviction. He testified in his own defense but since he was out on bail he decided to just skip the verdict. So now he has the new charge of being a fugitive to look forward to.
Hopson’s victim was a runaway who he took in then turned her out on the streets or in this case backpage.
Hopson’s case was the first heard under new Washington laws that increase the maximum sentences for child traffickers.
Under the enhanced legislation, pimps face standard sentences of seven to 10 years, up from roughly two, if the victim is under 18. Hopson faces a prison sentence of 20 to 26 years once he’s captured.
How sad is it that the sentencing was recently just two measly years for traffickers? It’s even sadder that the new law only gives them seven years? The saddest thing of all is that Village Voice Media keeps counting their mountains of cash while these girls are sold and traded on their website.
20-year-old Steve Burton of Skokie, Illinois was caught allegedly having sex in a car with a 12-year-old girl from MySpace. Again as I like to call it, child rape.
Both parties allegedly admitted that the girl was aware of Burton’s age.
This is how blasé we’ve become about this as a society. There’s no outrage anymore over this. It’s just become accepted that 12-year-old girls are going to get raped.
I mean Burton has only been charged with one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Those charges don’t sound like they carry any kind of serious jail time do they?
What does it take to bring back severe sentences again? Urkel over there should be doing hard labor at least if it were up to me.
I hate it when the media puts certain tags on a criminal like the’Craigslist Killer’ or in this case the ‘Facebook Rapist’ because if history is any indicator they’re not the only ones.
Anyway today’s subject is one 24-year-old David Bradt, of Colonie, New York. He is the most recent Facebook rapist.
Bradt has pleaded guilty to four counts of felony rape for raping teen girls that he met on Facebook. My fingers kept wanting to type MySpace but here we are.
Bradt would friend a teen girl on Facebook then he would friend their friends. Eventually he would get a girl to meet him in real life and then would supply then with booze and weed before raping them.
Through his plea deal Bradt is only looking at 12 to 13 years behind bars and will be a registered sex offender. That comes out to only three years per rape charge. Seems like he got a sweet deal considering.
And again to parents just because Facebook isn’t as low rent as MySpace doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of predators.
Jeremy and Sarah Haroldson
The lovely looking pair you see above is Sarah (24) and Jeremy (25) Haroldson, of Sevierville, TN and they have been charged with child abuse for injuries sustained by Sarah’s 3-year-old son.
Sarah reportedly brought her son to Leconte Medical Center with burns on his buttocks and feet and bruising to his head, back and arms. The hospital notified police when they determined that is was a case of abuse. Investigators came to the hospital, determined the injuries were not consistent with mom’s story and that the lil’ guy was injured Saturday night but was not treated for his injures until Sunday morning. WTH! The lil’ guy was transferred to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, GA, where he is being treated for severe burns. I ask you who allows their child to suffer with any type of burn. If the burn is in question, or even if it’s not take you baby to the freakin hospital.
Sarah was booked into the Sevier County Jail under and $15,000 bond. She was charged with child abuse and child neglect.
Jeremy was arrested on January 19th. He has been charged with one count of aggravated child abuse. Mom’s charges were upgraded on the 19th to aggravated child abuse; she was rearrested after posting bond on her initial charges. The couple remains in Sevier County Jail
The lil’ guy has been released from the burn unit and placed in foster care by DCFS.
We received the following e-mail the other day…
We are a body of bikers who stand ready to shield these little ones from further abuse. We are trying to get out there and make sure the children know we exist. If they know they have friends like us, maybe they won’t be afraid to come forward and we wouldn’t be losing ones like Anna Celeste Lowe.
Can you let your readers know? All they have to do is go to the BACA website and look for the chapter nearest them.
We do everything we can to empower kids to not be afraid of the world in which they live. No child should live in fear from an abuser.
~Sketch River Cities BACA
Shreveport/ Bossier Louisiana
Thank you Sketch. It’s organizations like yours that are doing the real work in helping to prevent child abuse. I have not only posted your e-mail letting the readers know of your organization but I have also placed a permanent link in the links section of the site.
If you know of an organization or website that (P)BB should be linking to please let us know.
31-year-old Joseph Reese of Columbus, Georgia has pleaded guilty to charges against him that he blackmailed underage girls on MySpace to send him explicit photos.
Reese would pose as a modeling agent on MySpace then when underage girls would contact him he would start asking for semi-nude photos. Then after they sent him the photos he would use them as blackmail to get more explicit photos. He also made good on his word once by posting the photos of one girl that he received to MySpace.
He’s looking at 5-20 behind bars under the terms of his plea and will be a registered sex offender.
His lawyer is still making excuses for his client…
Hagler says Reese “operates at a level far below that of a normal adult man” and has been diagnosed with social anxiety. He says since his arrest, Reese has lost his job, is in the middle of a divorce, will lose custody of his children and will be branded for the rest of his life.
Awww. Sucks to be him.
I seriously doubt the claim that he operates below the level of a normal man since he had the mental capacity to impersonate someone on MySpace who could prey on gullible children.
Again parents, I recommend that you show this post to your kids to let them know that real modeling agencies don’t use MySpace or Facebook and don’t deal directly with underage kids.
34-year-old Cory Hubbard is a convicted sex offender. He was convicted back in 2008 for using MySpace to lure a 13-year-old girl to a motel.
He’s suing MySpace because he says they violated his privacy because the court order used to gain his information was from Georgia but should have held no weight in California where MySpace is based. MySpace voluntarily gave police Hubbard’s information.
If you think that’s ludicrous check out what his lawyer had to say…
“Big Brother needs to jump through certain hoops,” said Joshua Millican, the lawyer who is behind the Hubbard litigation. “Otherwise we have no protection.”
So basically what he’s saying is that the privacy rights for child molesters outweigh the safety and security of their possible victims.
Good luck with that and let me know how that turns out. No judge in the country wants to be the judge that ruled in favor of pedophiles.