New York AG Suing Social Network Tagged.com for Child Porn:
It seems that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is good for something. He is suing the social networking site Tagged.com claiming that Tagged did not respond to user complaints about child porn on the site.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tagged it’s like MySpace except it has even more fake hot women spamming you that you’ll never actually meet. It’s even more ghetto/trailer than MySpace.
The attorney general had employees create accounts on Tagged and report child-porn images. Some of what they found included a bestiality-themed image involving a girl who looks younger than 10 and a picture of an adult performing oral sex on a girl younger than 10, according to the letter.
Of the 29 user profiles that included abusive sexual images of children, 18 still have the content online, the AG said. That includes the bestiality and oral sex images that were reported to Tagged.com on May 27, according to the AG.
Which shows that even a blind squirrel can occasionally find a nut.
But again this has nothing to do with the protection of our children but has more to do with Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign.
If I was Tagged I would check to make sure that the alleged child porn images were posted by Tagged users and not by members of Cuomo’s staff.
Woman raped, drugged by man she met on Web:
A 51-year-old Western Pennsylvania woman is claiming that she was drugged raped after meeting a man on the social website Tagged.com. She claims that she was raped by the man and his friend in her house after inviting them over.
Police have not released any names yet nor arrested the two men because the investigation is on going.
Of course if the woman was in fact raped then responsibility for the crime lies with the rapists. However, I don’t know how many times I have to keep saying this, if you want to protect yourself do not invite strangers from the internet over to your house. It’s just common sense.
Thanks to Renee for the tip.
13-year-old Newton County girl victim of online predator:
The parents of a 13-year-old girl from Newton County, Georgia got police involved when they thought their daughter was having improper conversations with a boy online. When police talked to her it turns out she was talking with a 22-year-old fashion photographer who could get her into modeling. The man who called himself Starmaker Mitch said that he was looking for models for a line of clothing aimed at teens. Then Starmaker Mitch started requesting pictures of the girl which included the girl in various states of undress, you know for ‘modeling purposes’.
22-year-old Starmaker Mitch is actually 61-year-old Martin Friedman of Woodbridge, Virginia. Police believe that Friedman may have scores of other victims and are asking that if anyone had contact with Starmaker Mitch to contact the Covington, Georgia Police Department at (770) 385-2144.
Friedman had several e-mail addresses and several accounts at such social sites like MySpace, Tagged and Netlog.
Luckily the girl’s parents got involved but they made the crucial mistake when it comes to teens and computers. They allowed the computer to be in the girl’s room. I can’t stress how important it is to keep the computers that your kids use in a common area where it can be monitored closely. You may think that you don’t have to worry about that with your kid but I bet these parents did too.
And like I’ve said before, this modeling ploy seems to be a trend among sexual predators. Parents, you need to tell your kids to be aware of this and anyone who is promising your kids some kind of Hollywood career online is more than likely a predator. Tell them that real talent or modeling agents don’t use MySpace and the like and they would go through the child’s parent(s) and not approach them directly. Even if you think that your kids are too smart to fall for something like that tell them anyway.
More girls linked to sex abuse suspect:
It seems one of our favorite new fiends Joseph Polk, aka Boomalicious, may have some more skeletons in his closet. Not only did he allegedly pose as a teenage boy on MySpace to contact underage girls it seems that he may have done it on Tagged.com as well. On his Tagged.com profile Polk had 30 friends listed all under the age of 16. So investigators believe there still may be more victims.
But what makes this article so good is Polk’s line of defense.
Polk denies he had any sexual contact with minors and claims he set up the accounts to research Internet stalkers, said his attorney, Phil Studenberg.
What a coincidence that he just happens to be accused of inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old girl.
Thanks to Pilar for the link.