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Ohio man accused of using Wickr to share child porn

Kyle Smith Jr.

38-year-old Kyle Smith Jr. of Parkman, Ohio has been arrested for allegedly obtaining child porn from the encrypted messaging app Wickr. Authorities were first notified when Yahoo notified the NCMEC that one of its users was using Yahoo Mail to upload child porn.

When authorities searched Smith’s home he reportedly told investigators that he’s been using Wickr to view child porn since March of last year. What makes this doubly disturbing is that Smith was convicted in 2002 for raping a 12-year-old girl but was only sentenced to seven years. He also has to be on the sex offender registry for life. Smith was said to have admitted to investigators that he’s ‘attracted’ to 10 to 12-year-old girls. Due to Smith’s record, he’s looking at a possible sentence of 15 to 40 years in federal prison.

Again, Wickr was designed to be used by those who need end to end encryption in their messaging app such as those living under oppressive regimes or whistleblowers who need to remain anonymous. However, no matter how well-intended, those with bad intentions will also use tools like this for their own purposes. Having said that, if one of your kids has Wickr on their phone I’d be very suspicious of why they were using it. As I’ve said before, I can see scenarios in which predators will meet your kid on one app then tell them to download Wickr so they can continue their conversation away from most prying eyes.

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