Normally I tend to group all the sex crime suspects from Kik into one large group post since there seems to be so many of them lately, however, this particular Kik Kreeper deserved a post all his own due to the severity of his crime and the age of his victim.
29-year-old David Bryan Poplin, of Durham, North Carolina, is accused of using Kik and Instagram to not only allegedly groom his underage female victim but to send her an explicit photo of himself as well. What makes Poplin’s case a little bit more severe than usual is that his victim was an 8-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, as I’m sure you could tell by the headline.
“Dave” asked the girl if “he can come to her house and sneak in her bedroom window to show her how to have sex” and perform other sex acts, police said in the complaint.
The girl told “Dave” she was 8 years old, police said, and he suggested they exchange nude photographs. Police said “Dave” sent the girl a photo of his genitals.
Turns out that Poplin was a registered sex offender as well.
The victim was using apps like Kik and Instagram on an iPad. Now I can understand giving your small child an iPad or any tablet because they can be very engaging for them but allowing them to use apps like Kik and Instagram is just ludicrous, or any communication app that can be accessed by individuals outside the household.
If you are a parent educate yourself on how the technology works before giving it to your kids and use the parental tools at your disposal to keep it locked down.