(Story broke 5/30/2017)
37-year-old Steven Alexander of West Palm Beach, Florida, was said to have placed a craigslist ad that said he was “up for anything.” The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office took notice of this ad and posed as a 14-year-old girl and responded to the ad. Cue the entrapment criers. However, then the subject of age came up in the conversation between Alexander and police and a familiar phrase was heard.
“Age is a number to me. Just be able to handle me in bed.” When the cop told Alexander she was 14, he typed back, “wow.”
He also allegedly sent pictures of his junk to the ‘girl’.
As expected, police arrested Alexander at a pre-arranged meeting. Alexander referred to his actions as “a lapse in judgment.” You don’t say?
Once again, this is not entrapment. Police did not lure a man who wouldn’t normally be drawn into a situation like this. This man was allegedly overjoyed at the prospect of a 14-year-old girl. All matters of a sexual content were brought up by the suspect, not the police.
(Story broke 5/27/2017)
A man was arrested by Washington D.C. police for one of the strangest craigslist-related crimes I’ve ever heard of. The man was accused of placing an ad on craigslist promising $30 for donating blood for a medical study. Doesn’t sound out of the ordinary on the surface until you hear the man was allegedly keeping the samples of the blood in an abandoned DC apartment. One victim has complained of an unidentifiable rash. It’s still unknown what the man wanted with the blood, but he claimed he was working for a biomedical company that was researching sinus and pulmonary conditions. Later on in the investigation, prosecutors have dropped the charges against the man for unknown reasons, however, they’ve been dismissed without prejudice meaning they could be filed again at a later time.
While there are legitimate medical testing companies that sometimes require blood samples, and some do pay some money, I would not ever recommend going to one that advertises on craigslist. There are too many scams on craigslist to jeopardize your health in the pursuit of a few bucks.
(Story broke 5/26/2017)
Usually, and I use that term loosely, when a woman is arrested for sharing child porn on a social network, she’s molesting her own children for the sake of someone they perceive as their boyfriend. However, that is not the case here.
38-year-old Pamela Files, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested for allegedly sharing child porn on mobile messaging app Kik. Files has children but they had been previously removed from the home and live with their grandmother. The grandmother herself hints that Files could have a substance abuse problem. Investigators say Files was sharing child porn with a man from Texas, which is how they were led to Files. While Files’ children do not live in her home she allegedly stated on social media that she threatened to molest her own children. Files is said to have denied ever molesting a child.
Kik issued a statement saying they encourage users to report any violation of their terms of service, but when your users are made up of an inordinate amount of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors, you’re basically letting the inmates run the asylum.
(Story broke 5/25/2017)
19-year-old Desmond Taper of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arrested for allegedly prostituting his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend on Backpage. The girl is said to have been turned out on Backpage’s dating section after Backpage falsely claimed censorship and ‘shut down’ their adult section. It seems Backpage’s alleged safeguards designed to prevent underage girls from being advertised have failed again. It makes me wonder if the ads in question were edited by Backpage.
So how could such a young man get into child prostitution? One reason could be that Backpage makes it so easy for anyone to get into the prostitution racket. All you need is a gift card, a willing or unwilling person to turn out, and an internet connection. The bar of entry into the world of human trafficking has been severely lowered, thanks to Backpage.
Jabari Body Gainer
(Story broke 5/19/2017)
25-year-old Jabari Body Gainer of Pensacola, Florida, is accused of allegedly having repeated sex (child rape) with a minor after promising the minor alcohol. Gainer is said to have met the teen on mobile messaging app Kik. Gainer reportedly had sex with the female victim on multiple occasions between August 2016 and April 2017. If that wasn’t enough, Gainer is said to have let people watch him have sex with the minor then uploaded videos of them having sex to PornHub.
As usual, my message to parents is to know who is on your kids’ friends list. You also may want to reconsider allowing them to use Kik since it’s notorious for being awash with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
Back in February, a woman from Jacksonville, Florida, rode a bus to Macon, Georgia, for what she thought was an artist’s job. The man who is said to have promised her the job paid for her bus ticket. Instead of any art work, the woman was placed in a room and was told she was going to have sex with the men who knocked on the door. When the woman refused to answer the door she was reportedly gang-raped by a number of men. These men were said to be customers of Najiy Williams, the man accused of bringing her to Georgia and advertising her on Backpage.
Afterward, the men threw money on a table in the room. The woman later overheard Williams telling someone he’d made $900 off her that night.
So Backpage’s so-called claims of freedom of speech have resulted in the gang-rape of a too-trusting woman. And just where did the victim find this phony art job? Craigslist, so they’re partly responsible for this as well. So be careful when looking for work on craigslist. You never know when that job will turn out to be something from which you can’t escape without harm.
(Story broke 5/18/2017)
18-year-old Daniel Loyola of Burlington, Wisconsin, was arrested for allegedly sending graphic images of himself to a 13-year-old girl on Snapchat. When police searched his phone they reportedly found over 50 explicit images of underage girls. He is also said to have referred to child rape on some of his social media accounts.
While the article doesn’t state how Loyola was able to ascertain the Snapchat usernames of his victims, please stress to your children not to give them out publicly and they should treat them as they would their phone number. This can go a long way in preventing predators from contacting children.
Turner and Harenza
(Story broke 5/18/2017)
In Minnetonka, Minnesota, 28-year-old Ricky Turner Jr. and 25-year-old Brittany Harenza were arrested for allegedly running a multi-state prostitution ring on Backpage. The couple referred to themselves online as ‘King Finesse’ and ‘Finesse Bunnie’. Turner was said to have been the pimp while Harenza was his main recruiter. The pair are accused of placing thousands of ads on Backpage that allegedly included underage girls. The ring was said to have included 35 women and girls in 14 different states. Turner was also said to have recruited his victims on social media by promising them they would never have to worry about bills again and would tell them to ‘come home’. However, ‘home’ wasn’t as inviting as it may sound, as at least one of Turner’s victims claims she was forced to live in his home and would be beaten if she tried to leave.
To make matters worse, not only was Turner allegedly still running his operation from jail, but he had some of the women under him out working in order to raise his bail money.
Of course, all of the ads the pair are accused of placing on Backpage were in the dating section. So as usual, Backpage is doing nothing to stop these ads and they’re still making copious amounts of cash off of the victims of sexual slavery.
Derren Justin Evans
(Story broke 5/18/2017)
Derren Justin Evans was a teacher at a private K-12 school in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Police allege Evans became friends with a female student on both Instagram and Snapchat. The student thought Evans was acting as a mentor. Instead of mentoring the student Evans is accused of forcibly kissing the student at school and inappropriately touching her. When the student messaged Evans on Snapchat for him to stop touching her, Evans is said to have had the temerity to request nude pics from the girl. At last report, Evans was out on bond.
As usual, my advice to parents here is to check who is on the friends list of all your kids’ apps. If one of them is a teacher at their school, which seems to happen frequently, let the school know. It may be innocent, but it’s better to be sure. Also, tell your kids if their teacher wants to friend them on social media, you need to know. It’s my opinion that no teacher should be friending their students on social media while circumventing their parents’ knowledge.
Marco Vinicio Orrego
(Story broke 5/18/2017)
31-year-old Marco Vinicio Orrego of Boynton Beach, Florida, is facing federal charges of allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage. Orrego is said to have met the underage runaway on Backpage before turning her out himself. He’s also accused of raping the girl, taking pictures of the rape, and sending the pictures to others. The alleged pimp also kept all the money he made off of the victim to himself. At last check, Orrego was being held on over $500,000 bond.
Again, Backpage is more concerned with protecting their free speech (read cash flow) than the safety of underage girls who are continually turned out on their site to be repeatedly raped by pimps and paying rapists.
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UPDATE 11/5/2017: After pleading guilty to the charges against him, Orrego was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.