(Story broke 6/7/2017)
I really wish I could find a mugshot of this cretin, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
60-year-old Garret Hawkey of Albion, Michigan, is accused of allegedly soliciting an 8-year-old girl for explicit pictures over the mobile messaging app Kik. Don’t get ahead of me just yet, we’ll get to that, but for now let’s focus on Hawkey. Using the screen name of lonleytrucker69 (always with the 69), Hawkey is said to have asked the girl for nude pictures of herself and he ‘pinky promised’ not to share them. Investigators are said to have found pictures of the girl and other child porn on Hawkey’s phone. It’s also believed he shared pictures of the girl as well.
That’s not even the worst part. Hawkey is said to be only one of a number of men who solicited the girl on Kik for pictures.
As we all know by now, Kik is inundated with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. So why in the blue hell would anyone allow an 8-year-old girl to be on Kik. In the Android Play Store, and I imagine in the Apple Store too, Kik is rated for Teens. Personally, I think it should be rated Mature, but an 8-year-old is not even close to being a teen.
Please research any app you’re letting your child use and then research the ones they want to use before allowing them to be installed on your child’s device. Then when the app is installed check it periodically.
UPDATE 12/7/2017: Hawkey has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children. In the plea deal Hawkey is expected to be sentenced to 20 years.