I’m catching up. This story is from 2018 at least.
Anyway, 21-year-old Gilberto Garcia-Bejarano of Sacramento, California, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting an 8-year-old girl for ‘sex’ (proposed child rape) on Snapchat. Not only do the victims of these social media scumbags seem to be getting younger, but does anyone else find anything wrong with this sentence?
The investigation began Monday when a mother contacted Roseville police after finding inappropriate Snapchat messages on her daughter’s cellphone.
Police say those inappropriate messages included Garcia-Bejarano reportedly sending the girl sexually explicit photos, asking the girl for explicit photos of herself, and tried setting up a meeting for the previously mentioned proposed child rape. Police are seeking information to see if Garcia-Bejarano had any additional victims.
They ask anyone who thinks their child has been a victim of the suspect to email Detective Patrick Ganguet at email@example.com.
Ok, but getting back to that earlier sentence, isn’t 8-years-old too young for a child to have a cell phone? It’s definitely too young for them to be on Snapchat. If your kids do have a cell phone, or even a tablet, learn how to limit which apps can be downloaded to their devices. If not, you’re basically opening the door of your kids’ rooms to these predators.
24 or 28-year-old Francisco Aparicio Cortes was arrested in Santa Rosa, California, for allegedly using a flashlight to peep into the home of an 11-year-old girl. After Cortes’ initial arrest, the girl’s father is said to have found several messages between Cortes and the girl on Snapchat that indicate Cortes may have had sexual contact with the girl. The girl reportedly used the Snapchat account of a family member to communicate with Cortes. It makes me wonder if this family member knew of the communications or just didn’t bother to check their own Snapchat account.
20-year-old Vladyslav Sergeevich Prykhodko, of Sapphire, North Carolina, is accused of allegedly posing as a 17-year-old boy on social and dating app MeetMe. Prykhodko is said to have lied about his age in order to meet a 14-year-old girl from Chatsworth, Georgia. He is then said to have made the three-hour, 150 mile drive, before climbing in the girl’s bedroom window unbeknownst to her parents. According to the articles I’ve read there may not have been any sexual contact between Prykhodko and the girl, but that didn’t stop him from being super creepy.
According to the report, he told deputies, “I wanted to lose control and was afraid of doing something inappropriate.” He said he and the girl were staring “intently and deeply into each other’s eyes” and said “in a moment of passion” he reached out to touch her, but said he stopped himself, “stating it was as if he hit a wall and could (not) go forward with any physical action.”
A neighbor was said to have spotted Prykhodko leaving through the same window and alerted the girl’s mother to that. The mother, the neighbor and a friend of the mother chased Prykhodko down and brought him back to the house where the mother claims to have slapped Prykhodko in the face when she found out he was 20. Considering where this took place, he’s lucky there were no banjos playing if you know what I mean.
However, as far as no sexual contact taking place and Prykhodko ‘hitting a wall’ before doing anything inappropriate, that probably wasn’t his original intention as he was found to be in possession of weed and condoms.
The other problem with this story is the girl was using her friend’s phone at school to communicate with Prykhodko. In this case the onus would be on the friend’s parent because MeetMe is not an app that young kids should be using. While MeetMe’s terms of service may allow users to be ages 13 and up, in reality it’s a very adult app that is widely used for hook ups.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
20-year-old David A. Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, was arrested for allegedly robbing and carjacking a man in Independence, Missouri, and shooting his 15-year-old accomplice. Police say that the victim set up a hook-up on Snapchat, but when the victim arrived at the meeting place Williams was said to have robbed the victim with the help of the 15-year-old girl who the victim supposedly set up the date with. However, when the victim tried to flee, Williams opened fire but instead of hitting his victim he hit his accomplice instead, striking her in the arm and leg.
Back in the MySpace days when these robberies happened, I used to say ‘The hot girl from MySpace really doesn’t want you.’ That still stands even today, just replace MySpace with your social media of choice.
While I’m glad this guy was caught, I’m curious if the victim was aware the girl was 15 before the meeting. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard of someone trying to rob or blackmail a creeper thinking they wouldn’t go to police.
Kik, the mobile messaging app that’s home to sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors, recently announced they were forming a safety board. However, it seems like their motivation is more based in greed than user safety.
“We’re bringing [the advisory panel] on now to help us inform this strategy, so as Kin evolves and there are a few iterations, we will have a wide breadth of expertise advising us on making these product decisions and the strategy decisions with Kin,” Kik’s head of trust and safety, Catherine Teitelbaum, told VentureBeat in a phone interview.
Kin will only be able to used by users who are over 18 but so far Kik hasn’t said how they’re going to verify ages. I’m not exactly a cryptocurrency expert, but I don’t see why a messaging app need its own version of Bitcoin. To me it sounds like it could be another tool that could be used by predators to groom their victims. “Hey kid, send me some pictures and I’ll give you some Kin”
Again, the only defense between your kids and online predators is you. App creators like Kik don’t really care about your kids and only care about the bottom line.
Parents must set up a child’s Messenger Kids account and approve with whom they can communicate (parents must be friends on Facebook to do so). Kids will not be searchable within the app for privacy reasons.
From a crime perspective this seems like a pretty safe app but still has its drawbacks. Too many parents sign their kids on to an app then let them run free on it, like Musical.ly. While there shouldn’t be the problem of random strangers messaging your child, there’s still the problem of people close to the family who may be trying to groom your child. As the saying goes, kids are more likely to be assaulted by someone they know rather than internet predators.
But let’s discuss what this is really about, Facebook indoctrination. Zuckerberg the Great wants to make sure that kids are raised on Facebook. With so many teens and young adults supposedly flocking to Snapchat from Facebook, they want to make sure future generations will be reliant on Facebook.
If your children really want to talk with grandma over the internet, they can do it with Facetime or Skype while you supervise. Or better yet, call her on the phone.
31-year-old William Shenette of Webster, Massachusetts, was arrested recently for allegedly trading child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. No word on how authorities were tipped off to Shenette, however he was said to have been in possession of at least two child porn videos.
In addition to that, Shenette is also accused of sending an underage boy a picture of his junk, and chatted with someone on Kik saying he wanted to have sex with girls between the ages of 6 and 12 (child rape). None of this should come as any surprise as Kik is awash with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
Kik is doing nothing to try to shed this image either. Don’t rely on them to protect your kids.