Tina Meier Reflects On Seventh Anniversary Of Daughter’s Suicide, Cyberbullying Prevention Efforts:
It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since the tragic suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier. For those of you who may not know the story Megan committed suicide after being cyberbullied on MySpace by her neighbor. When I say neighbor I don’t mean another 13-year-old girl but someone who was supposed to be considered an adult, Lori Drew was a woman in her late 40s who had a teenage associate create a fake MySpace profile of a boy named Josh Evans that feigned a liking to Megan. After some time the imaginary Josh Evans started sending demoralizing and disparaging messages which caused Megan to kill herself. Lori Drew never spent a day in jail. Megan’s death was supposed to at least signify a change in our society that should have gone a long way to end cyberbullying. Unfortunately that has not happened.
How many kids have taken their own lives in the last seven years, and in that seven years how many times have the tormentors act like they’ve done nothing wrong? Not to mention the fact that the parents of these little scumbags usually defend them. Therein lies the problems. Much like Lori Drew never felt she did anything wrong when one of their family is being blamed in someone’s death the adults try to deflect blame from their demon spawn crotchfruit as well. How can we do anything about kids cyberbullyoing each other when the idiot parents allow it?
Megan would have been 20-years-old. She could have been worrying about college classes or already a couple of years into a career. She could have been engaged to a sweet man who helped her through a difficult time. Instead she’s just another statistic while her tormentor is living a life without regret and freedom. As long as there are ignorant pieces of trash out there that are willing to allow their children to engage in such behavior the body count will continue to increase.
Jason Ara Erpinar
Man Gets 24 Years in Prison for Myspace Rapes:
The tale of Douchebag Ed Grimley, aka 24-year-old Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda, California, is a long and twisted one.
Back in 2009 a then 20-year-old Erpinar was arrested for raping three women, two of whom he met through MySpace. In 2011 he entered into a plea deal which only saw him get 15 years behind bars. At the time I called the sentence a joke. Since then Erpinar rejected the plea deal, went to trial in 2012 and was convicted.
Erpinar’s gamble didn’t pay off as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bras instead of the original 15. I still think it’s a little light since it’s now 8 years per rape but 24 years feels a little more substantial.
I hope he still has that haircut while in prison.
Repeat sex offender gets 300 months in prison:
Burlington Sex Offender William Flowers Sentenced To 300 Months For Online Coercion, Enticement:
William Todd Flowers
37-year-old William Todd Flowers of Burlington, North Carolina is a registered sex offender. He was busted in 2008 for using MySpace and AIM to solicit sex from a 14-year-old girl who was actually a cop. Then in 2009 he was busted for soliciting a 15-year-old on MySpace. Surprisingly he’s never been featured on this site before.
Now fast forward to June through October of 2012 where he was soliciting minors again on an unnamed social networking site. Not to mention the last time I checked being a sex offender in NC on any social networking site was against the law.
For not learning his lesson Flowers was sentenced last month to 300 months in prison which may not sound like a lot but comes out to 25 years.
Do you think he’ll learn his lesson this time? Nah, me neither.
Vt. Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping, Killing Niece:
Yesterday registered sex offender Michael Jacques pleaded guilty to the 2008 kidnapping, rape and murder of his then 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett and the subsequent cover-up. As I posted before this was all done sp Jacques could avoid a federal death sentence. That’s all this story has really been all about ever since Jacques anti-death penalty lawyers got involved. For years they delayed justice for Brooke all to prove a point about the death penalty. While this should feel like a victory it doesn’t. Let’s hear from Jacques’ lawyer…
“We just think this was a fair and enlightened way to resolve this case,” his attorney, David Ruhnke, said afterward.
All this was to him was a challenge to see if he could get one of the most heinous criminals in the country out of a death sentence. In my opinion he didn’t care about Jacques and he sure as hell didn’t care about Brooke. All that Ruhnke cared about was a high-profile deal that made him look good.
He won. Justice didn’t.
Feds call off death penalty in Jacques case:
Friday: Jacques to Plead Guilty in Death of 12-Year-Old Niece:
It’s been five years since the brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of 12=year-old Brooke Bennett by her sex offender uncle Michael Jacques in Vermont. After all the legal wrangling, delays and outright sheer arrogance of Michael Jacques’ anti-death penalty defense team it seems that a conclusion is finally at hand. Not the conclusion I was hoping for but a conclusion nonetheless.
Vermont has no death penalty however prosecutors alleged that since Jacques used MySpace and the internet not only to contrive and try to cover up his crime that this constituted interstate communication making him eligible for the federal death penalty. Now, according to reports, a plea deal is in the works where Jacques will plead guilty and will be sentenced to life without parole and will waive any appeals. It seems that this deal was made after Jacques high-profile anti-death penalty lawyers requested the deal from US Attorney General Eric Holder.
While I’m glad that the end of this ordeal for Brooke’s family is more than likely coming to a close I am disappointed that Jacques is escaping the needle. That’s all his lawyers ever wanted and Eric Holder has given it to them. For them this is a victory.
No date has been set for when Jacques will enter his plea. If history is any indicator in this case nothing is definite.
This doesn’t feel like justice, it feels more like appeasement.
Reno man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault charge via online dating service:
Daniel Harvey Riggs
26-year-old Daniel Harvey Riggs was a suspect in a 2009 MySpace rape of a woman at a Reno, Nevada casino. He was not charged due to lack of evidence. However Riggs was arrested back on March 21st for the alleged rape of a woman from Sparks. Nevada after meeting her on an online dating site. After that arrest police began looking again at the 2009 rape.
Police believe Riggs may have even more victims…
Lopez declined to give specifics, but said police have evidence to believe more victims are involved and asked anyone with information to call Reno police at 775-334-2115.
I guess no one knows the recidivism rate of non-convicted sex offenders huh?
UPDATE 12/9/2013: Riggs was convicted and sentenced to 40 years. He must serve 16 before he is eligible for parole.
Thanks to catwoman for the tip.
Man charged with sex abuse of minor after impregnating girl he met on Myspace:
No, the crime didn’t happen recently. Even with its most recent revamp no one is using MySpace these days.
Anyway a 41-year-old man was charged with sexual abuse of a minor for having sex with a 15-year-old girl and impregnating her four years ago in Palermo, Maine. I bet you think you caught me for using the phrase ‘having sex’ instead of statutory rape didn’t you? Well, the suspect in question is using the ‘I thought she was older’ defense and for once I don’t think he’s lying.
The man met the girl on MySpace and she began to help him out with his children and other chores around the house. Apparently sexy time happened and nine months later a MySpace baby was born. The woman, now 19, says that she has DNA testing that shows there is a 99.9% chance of the man being the father. Here’s the kicker. The man isn’t denying paternity and is cooperating with police.
In this one instance from the surface it appears that the man did not really know the girl’s age. Whether it was by deception it’s unknown but let me stress this story is the exception and not the rule.
Mass. woman could get 30 years for posing as boy:
Carissa Hads Pleads Guilty in Clarksburg Court:
25-year-old Carissa Hads of Quincy, Massachusetts was arrested back in May of this year for crossing state lines with the intent to have sex (child rape) with a minor. Wait, people are still using MySpace in 2012? Anyway it wasn’t a boy who Hads was travelling to West Virginia for but a 15-year-old girl.
Hads had posted as an 18-year-old boy on MySpace and altered her appearance to complete the ruse. Investigators say that Had traveled to West Virginia multiple times to meet the girl. At one meeting Hads had sexual contact with the girl but obviously did not undress. Hads used a back brace to disguise her chest.
This past week Hads pleaded guilty and is looking at 30 years behind bars.
Sexual predators of any gender will go to great lengths to keep up any ruse as long as it gets them what they want. Your kids will be better off knowing that strangers on the internet no matter how cool or understanding they seem to be are more than capable of spinning elaborate lies to get whatever they want.
Court nixes sentence in Pa. MySpace sex case:
In 2010 a then 33-year-old Michael E. Begin of Bradford, Pennsylvania was arrested for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl online. He posed as a 20-year-old Marine sniper who also happened to be of Cherokee descent. When he was arrested at the meeting place he had condoms, handcuffs and a knife in his possession. Last year he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Now the fake sniper but real predator will be receiving a new sentence…
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a federal judge didn’t consider arguments from Michael Begin’s defense attorney that the sentence might be unduly harsh.
Unduly harsh? You have got to be kidding me. Investigators put a stop to what could have been the brutal rape, torture and murder of a 14-year-old girl and they want to talk about how a 20 year prison sentence is unduly harsh to a scumbag child predator? At the time of his arrest he was already a registered sex offender for charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault and indecent exposure in 2000.This is just one of the many things that is wrong with our justice system.
With any luck he’ll get an even longer sentence but I doubt that will happen.
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O.C. Man Convicted in Myspace Rapes:
The last time I posted about Douchebag Ed Grimley, aka Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda, California, he pleaded guilty to 3 rapes and received a sentence of 15 years. Erpinar was charged with raping 3 women, two of whom he met on MySpace while the 3rd was a former girlfriend.
Unbeknownst to me after he received that sentence he rejected that plea deal and decided to plead his case before a jury. That turned out to be a bad move on his part because he was convicted anyway. Instead of looking at 15 years he’s now looking at 24. That still only comes out to 8 years for each rape which is still not near enough to the sentence that he deserves but this is California after all.