27-year-old Amelia Tat was a middle school teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia. Last June, she was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old male student after communicating with the student on Instagram, and of course Snapchat. The ‘relationship’ (child rape) went on for 8 months before the boy’s mother discovered text messages between Tat and the student.
For those of you who say things like “I wish I had a teacher like that when I was 14”, the boy has been diagnosed with PTSD. So, I hope you’re also hoping for a lifetime of mental health problems to go along with your statutory rape fantasy.
Surprisingly, Tat was sentenced to ten years in prison. Not surprisingly she had eight years suspended. So she’ll only have to spend two years in prison and I have no doubt she’ll be released early since she’s a new mother. Thankfully, not with her victim.
First off, the feature is off by default. If someone wants to be found on Snap Map they need to turn it on first. Secondly, not everyone on Snapchat can see where every other user is. You can only see people on your friends list and they have to enable Snap Map. So no, child predators won’t know where your child is at all time. However, that does come with a caveat.
As a parent, you need to know who your child is friends with on Snapchat. Check their friends list regularly and ask who they are and how old they are. Make sure you get a first and last name for all their friends. If your child were to unknowingly friend someone who was a child predator and turned on Snap Map then they could know where your child is.
Much like with every other social app out there, it’s your job as a parent to prevent your kids from meeting predators online. The apps are not going to do it for you.
30-year-old Billy Duane Adkins, of Huntington, West Virginia, is accused of allegedly sending child porn to a 13-year-old Montana girl using the mobile messaging app Kik. Not only that, but one of the images he sent is said to have been of himself performing sexual acts with a girl under the age of 6. Adkins’ Kik user name is said to have been ‘bigbillz36’. Looking at his mugshot the biggest bill he’s probably ever seen is a five.
When police searched his devices, they reportedly found over 130 images of child porn. At the time this story broke, Adkins was being held on $50,000 bond. That’s probably more big bills than he’s seen in a lifetime.
I can’t stress enough just how much Kik is full of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. If you let your kids use this app, you have to know who they’re talking to on it. I would recommend that if they can’t identify their friends on Kik with a first and last name and they’re not local, those friends need to be removed from their friends list.
Hazley was also allegedly prostituting a 19-year-old the same time he was turning out Desiree on Backpage. At one point, according to the unidentified 19-year-old, he made her watch him and Desiree ‘having sex’ and after Desiree died he asked the other girl to come back to work for him, saying, “Now that she’s gone, I got no money coming in.” Hazley is looking at 10 to life in federal prison. Here’s hoping it’s closer to life than it is to 10.
There’s a whole lot of ‘not caring’ in this tragic story. Rosales obviously didn’t care about the life of Desiree Robinson. Neither did Hazley except when it came to making money. Most importantly Backpage doesn’t care that 16-year-old girls are being peddled on their website as long as the pimps continue to pay for the ads. Desiree did have a family that cared for her and they still do. They’re currently suing Backpage for allowing Desiree to be prostituted. While most of these lawsuits have failed in the past, lawsuits like this may be successful in the future due to the Congressional investigation that found Backpage was editing their ads to make them appear less criminal.
41-year-old Bobby Joseph Brown, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of allegedly raping a woman he met through craigslist. In early April, Brown is said to have met with a woman from craigslist for a ‘sexual encounter’. The woman reportedly changed her mind which caused Brown to produce a gun and say that he was a cop. He then raped the woman multiple times in his apartment.
In late April, Brown is said to have met with another woman through craigslist’s casual encounters section and tried the same trick, but this time his victim escaped. While I can’t say this with 100% certainty, considering Brown claimed to be a cop, it leads me to believe these women may have been prostitutes. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to a crime like rape. No woman ever deserves that nightmare. Rightfully, Brown is currently being held without bail.
This story does show one thing though, prostitution is still alive and well on craigslist, except now it’s in the casual encounters section. Much like the prostitution on Backpage has moved to the personals section. It also shows predators and rapists are still using craigslist as their own personal victim menu. Yet craigslist continues to spend zero dollars on moderating illegal content on their site which could prevent any number of these crimes.
Police say in their arrest report Lamarre got in the back of Brown’s car and was handed a bag containing some weed. Instead of paying for it, it’s alleged Lamarre shot Brown in the back and fled. Lamarre was captured because he left his phone behind and was picked out by Brown’s girlfriend in a photo line up.
Brown’s family is maintaining Brian was not a drug dealer, however, police are saying craigslist was not part of his murder.
Lamarre is said to have confessed to the murder.
Even if Brian Brown was selling weed to Lamarre, his life was still cut short by a lazy and greedy asshole. Lamarre was even said to have had no intention of paying Brown for the weed. So instead he shot Brown in the back over a half-ounce of weed after Brown allegedly tried to take it back. Lamarre allegedly killed Brian Brown just because he didn’t want to pay to get high, and now a man who had a potentially bright future is dead. To me that makes Lamarre one of the lowest forms of criminal.
As I’ve said before, the old rules to making these transactions don’t apply anymore as Zack was shot in broad daylight in public. If you insist on using any of these classifieds sites or apps, please meet the other person involved at a police station. Most police stations now have areas set up specifically for these transactions.
Back in the days of MySpace hysteria, the state of North Carolina made it illegal for any registered sex offender to be on social media. They were required to turn over their e-mail addresses and any social media accounts they had. It’s not like sex offenders are known liars and can create any number of alternate accounts, but I digress.
The Supreme Court has overturned that law stating that banning sex offenders from social media is a violation of their first amendment rights. You may be surprised to know, I’m not too broken up about this ruling. When this law was first enacted I was living in North Carolina. It was pushed for hard by then state Attorney General Roy Cooper. At that time I called it nothing more than ‘feel good’ legislation designed to garner reelection for Cooper by pandering to the soccer mom crowd. Considering that Cooper is now the Governor of NC, he’s got pandering down to an art form. I also referred to it as ‘The Dumbfish Law’ because I thought at the time only a ‘dumb fish’ would jump into the figurative boat helmed by Cooper, and not surprisingly some did. This legislation also didn’t address all the predators not on the sex offender registry nor did it prevent RSOs from creating dummy accounts.
The other thing I didn’t like about this legislation is the Government of North Carolina was basically absolving parents from doing their jobs of protecting their own children from online predators. It’s not the government’s job to raise your kids.
What I am curious to know is, what’s going to happen to all the sex offenders that were sent back to prison after violating this now unconstitutional law? I see a lot of lawsuits in the Tar Heel State’s future.
24-year-old Dominique Joiner was a substitute school bus driver for a magnet school in Las Vegas. He’s been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student. Joiner reportedly thought it was ok for him to have sex with the student since she was over Nevada’s age of consent which is 16. However, Nevada law also states it is illegal for school employees to have sexual relationships with their students. It’s also been said Joiner used Snapchat, of course, and Facebook Messenger to solicit explicit photos from the girl.
According to the article I linked to from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Joiner is the 13th school district employee to be arrested for sexual misconduct since last July. This raises the question, have school employees always been this pervy, or do we just hear about it more often since we now live in an age of almost instant information from all over the world?
Lending credence to the theory that predators like to put themselves in positions dealing with children, we have one Roosevelt Miller, age 20. He was an after-school volunteer at a middle school in Plantation, Florida. He was arrested for allegedly trying to pay three underage students for sex.
Miller reportedly went around the school and asked children he found attractive to give him their name and cell phone numbers for a sports program that the school didn’t have. He would then harass these students through either text messaging or the mobile messaging app Kik. He would promise the boys money and trips to Disney World in exchange for sex. He would even go as far as calling one of the boys ‘sexy’, and asking him if he was gay.
When arrested, Miller first tried the ‘it was a joke defense’ but has since signed a handwritten confession where he also supposedly admitted to fondling an underage boy at a bus stop.
It’s getting to the point where you can’t trust anybody in positions that we used to trust people implicitly with our children. While I’m not blaming the internet for creating sex offenders and pedophiles, it sure seems to have emboldened them since the advent of the world wide web.