Earlier this month 54-year-old Oak Harbor, Washington, police officer, John Little, was charged in Federal Court for allegedly receiving child porn through the mobile messaging app Kik. Reports say that Little received explicit images from a 13-year-old girl in New Mexico who was said to be sending out the images of her own volition. I can hear the ‘entrapment’ birds already. However, not only could Little have rejected the alleged offer for pictures, he didn’t have to allegedly send the girl pictures of his junk in return. He also reportedly admitted to the FBI that he knew the girl was underage.
This was a man who had been a police officer for almost 30 years. While police are human and are prone to mistakes themselves, they do need to be held to a higher standard since they are the ones who we are entrusting to help protect our children from such predators.
Also, this should serve as another reason why parents need to observe their kids’ smart phone or tablet activity when it comes to Kik. No parent wants to find out that their teenager is sending out explicit images to middle-aged strangers.
UPDATE 6/22/2017: Little was sentenced to 3½ years in prison.