Back in February, 24-year-old Jared Andrew Fox was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl that he met through social network and dating app MeetMe. As is with a large number of these cases Fox was posing as a 14-year-old boy and reportedly convinced his victim to let him come to her house where he raped her.
“Fox has been engaged in large scale distribution of child pornography,” Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Sherman said in the email. “He has been engaged in a minimum of sending or receiving 383 images and videos of children, some under 5 years old being sexually assaulted by adults and/or other children.”
This discovery was sparked by the initial investigation into Fox’s computers, however Fox was out on bond during this time. He’s now being held on $100K bond. Why is it that suspects who have committed actual child rape are treated less dangerously than people who trade child porn. I’m not trying to defend one or the other but it seems to me that a child rapist should be considered more of a danger than a child porn trader. Rape is one of the most violent and violating acts that someone can commit and when it comes to raping a child it’s doubly as abhorrent. At least make the bonds and sentences equal to that of child pornographers.
39-year-old Christopher Johnston of Ferndale, Washington, was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 12-year-old girl he met through craigslist. Johnston is said to have placed an ad on craigslist that said he was looking for a “young lady to spoil.” Johnston was caught near the Canadian border on his bicycle. He was reportedly on his way to meet the girl in Abbotsford, British Columbia. According to Google maps that’s a 30 mile jaunt on a bike. Why is it that a lot of these guys never seem to have cars? As you can probably tell the 12-year-old girl was actually an undercover investigator.
Once again the police are doing the job that craigslist should be doing but since they refuse to monitor their own site incidents like this will continue. Not to mention again that the so-called community police of craigslist are largely useless.
In what is now becoming a running gag here on TTRR another Florida teacher has been arrested for allegedly sending naked Snapchats to a student. This time it’s 29-year-old Daniel Morgan of Jupiter, Florida. Morgan was a teacher at a Port St. Lucie County high school before resigning from his position briefly before his arrest. He is said to have allegedly sent a naked Snapchat to a 17-year-old female student of the school. He is said to have blamed taking the pictures on him being drunk at the time and that he doesn’t remember sending it. His lawyer says that this is a more complicated case than what’s supposedly on the surface. Right, good luck with that.
Anyway I have to ask what is the obsession with teachers and Snapchatting their students? The only thing I can think of is that like a lot of adults they’re not actually aware that not only are the deleted pictures from Snapchat recoverable but users can take a screengrab of the picture they receive. I call that the ‘Blinking VCR’ effect. Kids, ask your parents what a VCR is. Parents, ask your kids how Snapchat works.
I originally posted about the murder of 39-year-old father Jake Brantner here. Brantner was shot and killed in Kansas City while trying to sell a gun to a buyer from craigslist. His alleged killer was captured earlier this month and is said to be 18-year-old Fazon K. Swinton.
Swinton allegedly grabbed the gun without paying and ran off when both men produced guns and fired at each other. Brantner was gunned down in front of his 10-year-old daughter while Swinton later took himself to the hospital after being struck by a bullet from Brantner’s gun.
As I mentioned before, craigslist forbids firearms to be sold on their site but without any kind of moderation their ban doesn’t really mean a whole lot.
The teacher led obsession with Snapchat and their students continues, once again in the Sunshine State. This time it’s 29-year-old Thomas Tomaszewski who was teaching at a middle school in Orange County. He’s accused of allegedly sending nude Snapchats to and soliciting explicit pictures from a female student of his school. His ‘reasoning’ for Snapchatting his student sounds like it came straight from ‘To Catch A Predator’…
The girl told deputies she had trouble fitting in at school, so Tomaszewski gave her his phone number, the arrest report states. They started texting, with him often giving her advice or words of encouragement.
Let me stop right there for a moment. As I’ve said before. Any contact between teacher and student that circumvents parents is rarely any good.
Anyway, Tomaszewski reported told police that he was just trying to help the girl feel “wanted and valued.” He might as well have said that he just wanted to hang out and that the wine coolers were just for him.
Since he’s a male teacher victimizing a female student I imagine he’ll be buried under the jail any day now.
The mother of Antigo High School shooter Jakob Wagner is claiming that her son was not committing a school shooting but was there to commit what’s known as ‘suicide by cop’. She claims that her son was so adept with guns that if he wanted to kill someone, those he shot would be dead. I can’t dismiss that as a possible scenario but the fact remains that he did shoot two people who luckily survived their injuries. What would have happened if the police officer patrolling the school parking lot wasn’t there? Would he have continued shooting people until there was a police response? How many people was he willing to kill in order for the police to kill him? While I can’t dismiss that as a possible motive I don’t buy it either.
On another note however, the bullying trope is being wheeled out yet again…
Despite being an inquisitive, bright child, Jakob Wagner struggled in elementary school. He lacked focus in school, sometimes fell asleep in class and didn’t want to go to school because other children teased about the way he talked.
“He had a lisp, and there were kids who picked on him for that,” his mother said.
Initially, the bullying was about the lisp and progressed to taunts about his short stature, his personal hygiene, his reluctance to participate in class and sports and the simple fact that he was poor.
Yet later on in the article she talks about how many friends he had in high school and how the bullying had lessened.
What the news doesn’t seem to be fixated on is an incident where he killed the family pet bird with a BB gun in a rage, apologized to his mother about it, then had no recollection of it the next day.
But yeah let’s blame bullying rather than mental illness.
Wagner was very close to receiving his diploma. If he had just bided his time he wouldn’t have had to deal with the school anymore. Instead he gave in to his selfish desire to inflict violence on others. A hard life is no excuse for a mass shooting. If it were most of us would either be dead or in jail.
In case you haven’t heard by now at the end of Marvel’s new comic Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 it’s revealed in the very last panel that Cap is supposedly an agent of Hydra. The series’ writer has even gone on record as saying, he’s not mind controlled, he’s not a Skrull, he is Steve Rogers. Personally I thought it was a great reveal and I’m looking forward to see where the story goes from here. I haven’t been this excited for a Captain America storyline since the USAgent days.
On the other hand, the collective internet nerd outrage machine knee jerked all over this issue and said “How dare they make Cap into a nazi.” For those of you not familiar with Hydra they are a spy organization that was started under the Red Skull during WW II. In Marvel continuity the Red Skull was one of Hitler’s closest advisers, hence the Hydra-nazi connection.
To those people I would like to give a collective ‘Get Over Yourselves’. First off it’s a comic book. Yes, I enjoy them too but in the grand scheme of things they’re not all that important. Secondly, you have no idea what the creative team has planned. For all you know they could have a brilliant story arc planned for us that may have the greatest conclusion to it of all time. Next, what Marvel superhero hasn’t had his or her ‘dark’ phase? As they say in professional wrestling it’s hard to name a wrestler who was a face, or good guy, his entire career. Ricky Steamboat was but I digress. Lastly, do you honestly think that Marvel is really going to throw away 75 years of Cap’s history by making him a ‘secret nazi’? Who do you think is making this, DC Comics?
So relax internet and let the story unfold before dumping all over it. I know that’s not what the internet does but it was worth a shot.
Speaking of DC Comics you really should pick up DC Rebirth #1. It will get all that bad Hydra taste out of your mouth.
Before we even get into the story just take a look at those mugshots. Take every hick, redneck and trailer trash stereotype you can think of, roll them up in a ball and make it watch ‘Deliverance’ Clockwork Orange style while playing the ‘Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel’ theme song and smoking meth and you’ll produce these four. Don’t let their slack-jawedness fool you though. This quartet is nothing less than barbaric.
49-year-old Steven Nelson of Nampa, Idaho, seemed to be a man who had everything going for him. He was a well liked student at the University of Idaho where he graduated in 2011. He was remembered up to the time of his death by former classmates and faculty of the school. Unfortunately even the most well liked and well read people have their vices. Mr. Nelson is said to have responded to a personal ad on Backpage looking for sex. Instead of meeting up with a willing participant he met up with 22-year-old Kelly Schneider and his cohorts Jayson Woods, 28, Kevin Tracy, 21, and Daniel Henkel, 23. The foursome allegedly beat Nelson within a literal inch of his life including being kicked with steel toe boots because, of course he was. The suspects also stole Nelson’s belongings, and made him get money out of an ATM. He was able to make it to a Boise hospital and gave police a description of his attackers before succumbing to his injuries.
The four are being held without bail and are could all possibly face the death penalty. Idaho has no hate crime legislation when it comes to people being targeted for their sexual orientation.
Again, this is probably going to sound like victim blaming, but while ultimately the four violent hayseeds are responsible for Nelson’s death, no one should ever go looking for anonymous hookup sex on either craigslist or Backpage. I don’t care if you’re straight, gay, trans or whatever. When you take a risk like this the odds are too great that you’ll run into a situation like this that could see you get hurt or worse. Lead the life you want to lead but use your brain and stay safe.
20-year-old Kyle Quentin Jackson of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a grade-A scumbag of the highest order, ‘allegedly’. Jackson is accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl on the mobile messaging app Kik and got an 11-year-old boy using the app to send him explicit photos of himself. Unfortunately it didn’t end there, Jackson is also accused of coercing the boy into performing a sex act on the victim’s 9-year-old brother. As is almost the norm in these cases Jackson is said to have threatened to expose the pictures of the boy to all his friends and social networking contacts. The victims’ father found the videos on the kids’ iPad after it was too late and he notified police.
As evidenced by this story apps like Kik aren’t just used on smartphones but can be used on tablets as well and all they need is a wifi connection. No 11-year-old boy needs to be on Kik. Not only is Kik rated Teen in the Android Play Store but its own terms of service state that no user should be under the age of 13. Let us also not forget about all the sex offenders and pedophiles that inhabit Kik’s network.
63-year-old David A. Campbell of Virginia Beach has been charged by federal authorities with allegedly possessing over 5000 images of child porn. Authorities were tipped off by the NCMEC twice when it came to Campbell. Once by Microsoft since he was allegedly using his MSN email account to trade child porn and another time by Tumblr who noticed comments allegedly made by Campbell where he claimed to have molested 10-year-old boys. Campbell even claimed that he used the private message feature on Twitter to trade child porn but was locked out of his account. He even said that he didn’t think Twitter monitored private messages. If you think anything on the internet isn’t monitored by someone you’re in for a surprise.
Campbell reportedly said that his Tumblr comments about molesting boys was only ‘fantasy talk’. If history is any indicator he may wish he had molested boys since molesters seem to get lesser sentences than those who trade in child porn.