Conn. Facebook vigilantes cause suicide of suspected predator

Facebook vigilantes take to the streets of Bristol, Connecticut

It seems the Facebook vigilantes have graduated from Facebook itself to being vigilantes in meatspace. Previously these keyboard commandos would accuse people of various offenses online with little to no proof. Actions like this have not only ruined people’s lives but have caused others to take their own lives.  Now, some of these groups are taking to the streets.

NBC News recently published an article online about a twig of a man from Bristol, Connecticut who calls himself ‘Incognito’ who runs a vigilante group called POPSquad. They’re a combination of Perverted Justice and a YouTube version of To Catch a Predator. They basically entrap people into meeting them under the guise that their targets are on their way to meeting an underage child for sex. They then video the encounter and post it to the internet. One of their more recent targets took his own life after being confronted by the ‘twigilantes’. This suicide makes them judge, jury, and executioner.

twigilante

Incognito. (Seriously, who is afraid of this twig boy?)

While I’m no fan of sexual predators I’m also not a fan of mob rule. Not only do you not have the right to take the law into your own hands, but you’re also playing with fire. One day you’re going to mess with the wrong guy and end up receiving an ass beating at best or a toe tag at worst. Why the police haven’t arrested these assclown wannabe Batmen is beyond me.

Let the police do their job. Instead of trying to feel like a big man by basically entrapping people why don’t you instead teach parents the dangers of social media. And you say that…

“There’s two types of people who don’t like POPSquad: We either caught you or you know somebody that we caught.”

Well, I’m neither. I’m someone who respects the rule of law and doesn’t appreciate your untrained and amateurish brand of justice that will end up doing more harm than good.

Update on if Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin is a fugitive

Update on if Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin is a fugitive

David Bryan Poplin

Shortly before the new year, I posted about David Bryan Poplin who is accused of grooming an 8-year-old girl from Pennsylvania over messaging app Kik in 2015. Since then I hadn’t heard anything about Poplin but an anonymous reader sent me an article that said he was caught grooming other girls in Argentina. He did some time in Argentina and was deported in October of last year but I was unable to find if he had been apprehended in the United States.

In my previous post, I asked if anyone had any information about Poplin’s legal status to send it to me. Well, the anonymous reader came through again. I was sent a link to a court document from Pennsylvania that states Poplin is, in fact, a fugitive from the law.  If the link disappears I have posted the doc below.

Hopefully, we’ll be hearing about his arrest sooner rather than later.

Again, if you have any information on Poplin’s whereabouts please do not post it in the comments but contact me instead. Any communication with me will be held in the strictest of confidence.

Again I ask that you do not take matters into your own hands.

Where in the world is Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin?

Where in the world is Kik kreeper David Bryan Poplin?

David Bryan Poplin

Before we even get started with this story I want to stress that I don’t want this turning into a Facebook lynch mob type of situation. I don’t want anyone taking matters into their own hands. Let the police do their job. However, I am looking for some information.

Back in 2015, I posted about David Bryan Poplin from Durham, North Carolina. He is a registered sex offender who allegedly used Kik and Instagram to groom an 8-year-old Pennsylvania girl. After I made that post, Poplin became more or less an afterthought to me. I just assumed he had been arrested in Durham and was extradited to Pennsylvania. However, that may not be the case.

An anonymous reader sent me a tip that Poplin was deported from Argentina back in October after being caught allegedly grooming two 13-year-old girls there. (If your Spanish is a little rusty you’ll need Google Translate.) In Argentina, Poplin allegedly used WhatsApp, which is more internationally used than in the US, and Instagram to groom these girls and coerce them into sending him explicit pictures.

So, the first question is what was he doing in Argentina in the first place? Was he not arrested in Durham back in 2015? If he was deported from Argentina where is he now? The US and Argentina do have an extradition treaty but I was unable to find Poplin in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, or federal inmate searches.

So the question remains, where is he?

If you have any information on the status of any pending legal action against Poplin in the US or his whereabouts, please do not post it in the comments but contact me instead. Any communication with me will be held in the strictest of confidence.

Again I ask that you do not take matters into your own hands. I just want to know if Poplin is on his way to trial or not.

Omegle man brought a dog collar to a 15-year-old’s house

Omegle man brought a dog collar to a 15-year-old's house

Robert Alexander Kusma

33-year-old Robert Alexander Kusma of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was recently arrested for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl he met over Omegle. If you’re unfamiliar with Omegle, it’s a website, not an app, that encourages strangers to talk to each other. There is no age verification on Omegle and while their terms of service state you must be 13 to use the site, anyone with an internet connection and a camera can use it.

Kusna is said to have taken a full stockpile of bondage gear to his victim’s house including, but not limited to, whips, ropes, and a dog collar. He is even said to have used the dog collar on the girl after previously telling her…

…”that he was her master and he was in charge of her and was training her,”

You know, if you’re into the whole BDSM thing more power to you, but don’t push your fetishes onto a 15-year-old girl who can’t legally consent. I wouldn’t be surprised if this assclown was one of those guys who give fedoras a bad name and spend way too much time on Reddit.

To the parents out there, again, Omegle is not an app but a website which means if you’re going to look for it on your kids’ devices you need to do so in the web browser’s history. Since Omegle isn’t an app it tends to fly under the radar of parents and the media, however, it’s been a popular site among predators for years. You really want to keep an eye for Omegle since I imagine you don’t want some filthy lowlife dog-leashing your daughter.

 

Facebook hammer killer resentenced

Facebook hammer killer resentenced

Tyler Hadley

In 2011, a then 17-year-old Tyler Hadley of Port St. Lucie, Florida, killed both of his parents with a claw hammer before dragging their bodies to their bedroom. While the bodies of  Mary Jo and Blake Hadley remained in the bedroom, Tyler Hadley threw a party for all of his Facebook friends. He even showed one of his friends the corpses of his murdered parents.

While in prison he gave out autographs to other prisoners signed ‘Hammer Time’ Hadley was charged as an adult and pleaded no contest to their murders. Subsequently, he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. However, his sentence was thrown out after the Supreme Court ruled that minors couldn’t be sentenced to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Last week a new sentence was handed down for Hadley and it was a lesser sentence, however, it may be unlikely Hadley would ever be a free man. The sentence he received this time was two concurrent life sentences.

The judge presiding over the sentencing had this to say…

“The defendant displayed perverse premeditation, heartless cruelty and savagery, extreme violence, a willingness to mutilate and absolute depravity,” the judge declared. “Considering the victims were blood relatives and were killed up close and personally with a handheld tool, it’s obvious the defendant was fueled by a long, simmering, passionate hatred toward those who loved him the most.”

I’m satisfied that Hadley received two life sentences although I would have preferred them to be served consecutively again. It was also good to see a maniac like this put away for life despite the best efforts of the Supreme Court. Personally, I have no problem with minors being sentenced to LWOP for certain offenses like premeditated murder. If a teenager doesn’t understand that murder is not only illegal but inherently wrong then they’re too stupid to be among the rest of us anyway.

FBI seeks information on prolific social media predator

FBI seeks information on prolific social media predator

Nikko Adolfo Perez

The FBI is looking for more victims of Nikko Adolfo Perez of Atwater, California. Perez has been indicted on several counts of crimes relating to children and social media including receipt of child porn. The 26-year-old Perez is believed to have used a number of social media platforms including Omegle, Instagram, Snapchat, and Kik, among others to coerce children into sending him explicit pictures.

Two victims of Perez are already known and they are two boys from Utah ages 8 and 10. Perez allegedly befriended his victims using the screen name of ‘captainamerica272018’ He was also said to have offered his victims credit on the Google Play Store to send him the pictures and if that didn’t work he would threaten their families with violence. These are the usual tactics of many online predators. The FBI believes that Perez may have more victims and are asking for the public’s help in finding them.

Please contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) and selecting the option for the Nikko Adolfo Perez investigation. You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

In order to protect your children from predators like this, you have to know that none of the apps and websites mentioned above are suitable for children. The terms of service of these platforms set the minimum age of usage at 13 and even that’s too young for some of these social apps in my opinion. 8 and 10 are way too young for any child to be on any of these apps unsupervised. If you’re letting your kids run free on these apps you may as well just look up the nearest sex offender on your local registry and drop your kids off at their house.

Facebook vigilantes strike again: Accuse KS man of sex trafficking

Facebook vigilantes strike again: Accuse KS man of sex trafficking

Once again, the idiots of Facebook worked collectively to try to ruin a man’s life just by resharing a post that had absolutely no evidence or truth behind it. A man in Liberal, Kansas, which I understand is not very liberal, was accused of sex trafficking in a Facebook post that took off like wildfire. Facebook removed the post but whoever had it out for this guy took it to the other place where crazy people will believe any bullshit they see, craigslist. Craigslist removed the post after being contacted by local news. Local police say there is no evidence of the man in question being involved in any actual trafficking.

Even though the post was removed, there are still going to people in his area who not only believed the post but will continue to spread the unfounded accusation all throughout town. This man may have to keep defending his reputation in the real world for years to come because of the ever-present Facebook lynch mob that always seems to be looking for reputations to be fed into its cavernous maw. Again, these type of baseless accusations can be incredibly devastating to the people falsely accused and have caused at least one man to take his own life.

If you see people doing this on Facebook, don’t be afraid to call them out. Or send them to me, as I have a history of calling people dumbasses on Facebook.

Ohio Kik kreeper posed as a preteen girl and a grown man to get nudes from 12-year-old girl

Ohio Kik kreeper posed as a preteen girl and a grown man to get nudes from 12-year-old girl

Christopher Goodin

Just because it’s been months since I posted a story about Kik doesn’t mean all their predators have been inactive. For example, 33-year-old Christopher Goodin of Elyria, Ohio, is accused of allegedly posing as a 12-year-old girl and the fake girl’s abusive bully in order to extort nudes from a 12-year-old girl over the mobile messaging app. Using the name ‘Shorty853’ on Kik. Goodin is said to have befriended a 12-year-old Utah girl through Kik. He was then able to solicit explicit pictures of the girl. In order to keep receiving the images ‘Shorty853’ told the girl that an older man was bullying her and that the only way to get him to stop was to send the older man more images. Using the name ‘Sambamo1’ on Kik, Goodin harassed the 12-year-old Utah girl into sending more images to that username. The victim allegedly told her mother and Goodin was arrested by the FBI.

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Although this is nothing new for this website, this story shows what lengths these online predators will go to in order to ensnare their underage prey. No amount of chicanery is too outlandish or far-fetched for these cretins to try to worm their way in your child’s life. And once again I have to advise any parents out there that no 12-year-old should ever be on Kik. You may trust your kids but you can’t trust all the sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors who use Kik as their collective grooming grounds.

(Sources)
News 5 Cleveland
Patch.com

San Antonio Snapchat sleaze snuck out with 11-year-old girl

San Antonio Snapchat sleaze snuck out with 11-year-old girl

Caleb Rosario

20-year-old Caleb Rosario of San Antonio, Texas, is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl he met through Snapchat. Rosario was said to have snuck the girl out of her house before taking her to an apartment. Then it gets weird…um weirder.

While at the apartment, the victim said Rosario showed her a loaded gun, only to later point it to his head, saying he wanted to kill himself. She told the SAPD detective that Rosario asked her if she wanted to kill herself too, to which she said, ‘No,’ according to the affidavit.

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During the assault, the girl’s phone kept ringing which freaked out Rosario. He then is said to have dropped the girl off at a McDonald’s. Police found the girl’s underwear at Rosario’s apartment.

No 11-year-old girl should be on Snapchat. Even by Snapchat’s own terms of service, a user is supposed to be at least 13-years-old, but they’re not actually going to check so you can’t rely on Snapchat to monitor your kids. Learn your kids’ technology and how to limit their access to dangerous apps. And always make sure that their bedrooms are device-free after bedtime.

Florida Snapchat sleaze stalked school

Florida Snapchat sleaze stalked school

Jordan Waters

At the young age of 20-years-old, Jordan Waters, of Spring Hill, Florida, was already on five years probation for soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex over Facebook Messenger. I guess the threat of prison didn’t stop him from his acrimonious activities as he’s been arrested again for a similar crime.

Police in Hernando County, Florida, say that Waters allegedly found the Snapchat username of a 14-year-old girl and sent explicit images of himself to the girl and solicited her for sex. When the girl told him that she was 14 Waters reportedly responded with he didn’t care how old she was. To make matters worse. Waters would allegedly stand outside of the school the girl attended and would watch the students being dismissed from school. It also turned out Waters was contacting other students from the school as well.

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Police were able to pose as one of the victims and convinced him to meet at a park where Waters was promptly arrested.

If I was still a parent of school age children, this story would scare the hell out of me. Waters lived only a block from the school. Even though he was on probation and not on the sex offender registry, why was he still allowed to be so close to the school? I doubt even if he was on the registry he still wouldn’t have been dissuaded from doing what he wanted to do, but this is a definite oversight. We need to stop handling these creeps with kid gloves and give them sentences that will keep them away from our kids.

(Sources)
WFLA
ABC Action News
Tampa Bay Times