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.

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.

10-year-old boy fends off sister’s Instagram stalker

10-year-old boy fends off sister's Instagram stalker

Michael Maurice Williams

I come from an age when if you were on the internet you never used your real name, hence the reason I’ve been using a pseudonym for 20 years. But today, people not only use their real names but some post almost every aspect of their lives onto social media. One of the many drawbacks to having such an active social media presence is stalking.

25-year-old Michael Maurice Williams of Delray Beach, Florida, is accused of allegedly breaking into the Boynton Beach home of a 20-year-old woman with a burgeoning music career he was following on Instagram. Williams is said to have repeatedly tried to stare into the woman’s bedroom, but one night late in November, Williams reportedly entered her home through the bedroom window, forced the woman down on the bed and tried to forcibly remove her clothing. I’m just going to go ahead and call that attempted rape even though that charge was not mentioned in any of the articles I read.

Williams was foiled by the woman’s 10-year-old brother who charged at him with a knife. Williams pushed the boy away but the woman and her brother were able to force Williams out of the home. Now that’s a brave kid. Williams is currently being held without bail.

While Williams is ultimately responsible for his own twisted actions, social media, much like anything else, should only be indulged in moderation for safety reasons alone.

(Sources)
WPTV
Palm Beach Post

Basketball Jones solicited 50 girls on Instagram

Basketball Jones solicited 50 girls on Instagram

Jason Schultz

37-year-old Jason Schultz is accused of allegedly posing as a 12-year-old boy on Instagram in order to solicit explicit pictures from underage girls in the Saginaw County area of Michigan. He is said to have solicited at least 50 school age girls using the aliases of Saginawbaseball;trevor, tKnightFreeland:Saginaw Baseball, and 23basketballJones23;Knight. Police say that the matter is still under investigation.

If you have any information regarding this matter of if your child received an Instagram message from the usernames “Saginawbaseball;trevor” “tKnightFreeland:Saginaw Baseball” or “23basketballJones23;Knight,” you are asked to contact Berg at bberg@tittabawassee.org.

According to Instagram’s terms of service, a user is supposed to be at least 13-years-old. If I was still a parent of young children, I would probably not allow my kids top be on Instagram until they were at least 16 and even then I would heavily monitor their usage as predators can use the smallest amount of personal information to find their victims.

Social media crime blotter 12/10/2017

Social media crime blotter

Local parent says he discovered teens using Snapchat to buy and sell drugs:
(Bixby, Oklahoma)

Man sentenced for enticing children through app:
40-year-old Aaron Anthony of Idaho Falls sentenced to 2-10 for trying to solicit underage girls through Kik.

A pricey mistake: How to avoid accidental in-app purchases:
Parent lets kid run wild unsupervised on Musical.ly and ends up with a $1000 bill for in-app purchases.

New Jersey man charged with solicitation of a minor:
36-year-old Julio DeJesus of Jersey City, NJ, was arrested for allegedly having explicit conversations with a 15-year-old girl from Tallahassee, Florida, on Facebook, Kik, and Instagram.

Orland Park Man Accused of Selling Pot on Snapchat:
Illinois. Even where it’s legal, it’s still illegal to sell it online.

Ohio parents didn’t know their kids were on Instagram

Ohio parents didn't know their kids were on Instagram

Police in Port Clinton, Ohio, are advising local residents to be aware of someone who has been approaching their children on Instagram. The person with the username of “cry_baby_cryyy” is said to have been approaching children on Instagram and having conversations with them before revealing they’re an adult. Reports say the Instagram conversations are ‘alarming’.

What I found more alarming was what Port Clinton Police discovered in their investigation.

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In case you missed the part I was talking about, it’s the “some of the parents were not even aware that their child was using Instagram”.

Let me clue some parents into something. If your kids have a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet, and they’re above the age of 12, they’re probably on Instagram, and if they’re on Instagram, they’re probably sharing too much personal information whether they realize it or not.

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Online predators can often discern your child’s relative location by things that appear in the background of pictures such as school colors or any activity your kid may belong to. Have a discussion with your kids about sharing information that could put them in danger, and if you don’t know if your kids are on Instagram, look for the icon at right on their devices.

“If you don’t want any of this to happen…You have 60 minutes starting now.”

"If you don't want any of this to happen...You have 60 minutes starting now."

Adam Russell Hegyi

30-year-old Adam Russell Hegyi, of Crown Point, Indiana, is facing federal prosecution for allegedly threatening and extorting an underage girl over social media. Hegyi is said to have used (deep breath) Omegle, Kik, Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, Facebook and FaceTime. What, no Friendster?

All kidding aside, Hegyi is one scary dude. After he allegedly coerced the girl into sending explicit photos, he threatened the girl’s family if she did not send more.

“If you don’t want any of this to happen, you need to send more pics without your face in them. You have 60 minutes starting now,” Hegyi said in a March message on Kik.

He is then said to have sent the pictures of the victim to her parents and claimed to have also sent them to students at her school.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg. I urge you read the linked article to see how mentally disturbed this assclown was.

I think it goes without saying, you need to know who your children are talking to on social media. Check all the accounts.

Man arrested after using Instagram to meet girls in a park

Man arrested after using Instagram to meet girls in a park

Vien Lam

38-year-old Vien Lam, of Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested after a father caught him talking to 12 and 13-year-old girls at a park. When the man approached Lam, the suspect ran off. (I guess you could say he was…wait for it….on the Lam.) When police interviewed the girls they reportedly said they had been talking to Lam since June on Instagram. They also said Lam was allegedly posing as someone younger and asked them to meet up. The conversations were said to be rather explicit. Thank God that father was at the park or who knows what would have happened to those girls.

I can’t stress enough to parents to check all of your kids’ social media accounts. Check their friends list, check who’s commenting on their pictures, and check who is sending them messages. You never know who may be trying to meet your kids at a park. It may seem like a daunting task, but isn’t your child’s safety worth it?

Florida teacher accused of luring teens over Snapchat and Instagram

Florida teacher accused of luring teens over Snapchat and Instagram

Brock Smith

If it wasn’t for Kik, I could rename this site ‘Teachers and Snapchat’, but I digress.

30-year-old Brock Smith, of Naples, Florida is accused of allegedly using photo sharing apps Snapchat and Instagram in an attempt to lure teenage girls for sex. Smith is a teacher at a local high school. Before you ask, no, it was not with one of his students. In a 2016 incident, Smith allegedly messaged a 17-year-old girl over Snapchat saying he would visit her where she worked. If that wasn’t creepy enough, Smith ‘had sex’ with the girl in the workplace’s bathroom. He then stopped communicating with the girl.

In a more recent event, Smith is accused of messaging a 16-year-old on Instagram and asking her to add him on Snapchat. The conversation soon turned sexual and Smith allegedly sent the girl explicit pictures of himself. He is also said to have messaged the girl saying he was “free in the mornings to meet for sex” and mentioned the girl could come over when his wife was away. What a class act.

For those of you wondering, and I know some of you are out there, the age of consent in Florida is 18 and the poorly named Romeo and Juliet clause doesn’t apply to a 13 year difference in age.

Again I have to ask, what is it with teachers and Snapchat? As I’ve said before, I’m not cherry picking Snapchat stories that have teachers in them. It seems like I see more Snapchat stories with teachers in them than other types of predators.

(Sources)
NBC 2
Naples Daily News