25-year-old Jordan David Newman, of Panama City, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Before we continue any further, it really shouldn’t be called a sexual relationship but rather child rape, and the age of consent in Florida is 18 for those that need reminding. Reportedly, Newman is also a local EMT who used the fire station to have sex with the girl. Newman is also accused of using photo sharing app Snapchat to exchange sexually explicit pictures and communicate with his victim.
While I tend to mainly post about online predators, the truth is that a child is more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know. That’s not to say that these ‘familiar’ predators still won’t use the same tools as the online predators. Newman is said to be a friend of the girl’s family. Even if that friend is one of your family’s most trusted associates, it’s highly inappropriate for a 25-year-old man to be having Snapchat conversations with a 16-year-old girl. Any decent man should know that.
I originally posted about the murder of 51-year-old Sam Norman here. Mr. Norman was shot and killed in DeKalb County, Georgia, earlier this month after going to meet someone he thought was selling a drone on the mobile marketplace app LetGo.
Yesterday, DeKalb County police announced that they had made an arrest but did not release any information about it. Today, it was announced that two suspects have been arrested for Mr. Norman’s murder. The suspects are 18-year-old Cicero Smith and an unnamed 15-year-old juvenile. Investigators were able to subpoena the user information from LetGo which led them to Smith. A search of Smith’s home is said to have turned up drone parts that were used in the ad. Smith is also believed to have shot Mr. Norman in the chest. Mr. Norman was said to have given pursuit in his vehicle before succumbing to his injuries. No word yet on if the juvenile will be charged as an adult.
As free apps like these become more prolific, and as more people ignore the safety issues, we will only see more bloodshed. Much like craigslist, since the barrier of entry to these apps is nil, it’s an easy allure for criminals looking to make a quick buck through robbery. However, hopefully the fact that LetGo assisted police in finding the suspect will let criminals know that they can be found.
24-year-old Francisco Javier Soledad, of Eastvale, California, was arrested by both ICE and Homeland Security for allegedly threatening children over Snapchat into sending him explicit pictures of themselves. Soledad is accused of using one of the most common online predator tricks of posing as someone he’s not in order to try to gain the trust of his victims. He reportedly posed as both an adult woman and a 13-year-old boy.
When Soledad is said to have convinced a 13-year-old Illinois boy to send him an explicit video, the boy blocked him on Snapchat, but Soledad used other multiple Snapchat accounts to threaten the boy into sending him more. The boy’s parents contacted law enforcement, and when federal investigators searched Soledad’s devices they are said to have found over 5,000 child porn images. Most of the images were said to be made by Soledad’s victims, the majority of whom have not been identified. Soledad’s main Snapchat username was said to be ‘linkinparkrocks’, and investigators are looking for additional victims.
Officials are encouraging anyone with information about Soledad or his Snapchat handle, “linkinparkrocks,” to call HSI’s toll-free tip line at 1-866-234-7423.
This presents a good opportunity to talk to your kids about a number of things when it comes to using social media. The first is that no matter what stories they’ve heard to the contrary, if an adult is approaching them in a sexual manner online, it’s not out of a romantic interest but a malicious one. The second thing is that once pictures or videos of them have been posted to social media, they are out there forever, no matter how much the app or network tells you that they disappear.
33-year-old Randall Boyd Tyler, of Collinsville, Oklahoma, was recently arrested for allegedly trading child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. Homeland Security says that Tyler was using the Kik screen name of “young_country83” in order to engage in the trading of the explicit images. Tyler denied sharing the images, but admits to viewing the images with possibly one of the worst excuses possible.
Tyler allegedly told investigators that the images and videos help him cope with “anxiety due to military combat tours overseas,” according to the report.
With all due respect that I have for the military and the empathy I have for people with mental illnesses, you’ll have to excuse me if I say that’s a crock of shit. Not only that, but it does a massive disservice to those who have served who are trying to cope with PTSD on a daily basis. This is along the lines of school shooters and killers who try to blame their actions on Asperger’s Syndrome, saying it made them kill. You’re just trying to garner sympathy while being caught for one of the worst crimes you can imaginably be apprehended for.
While Kik can issue statements saying that they detect, report and delete known child exploitation images, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the top app used by sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn traders. If you see the icon that I’ve posted above among your children’s apps, they could potentially be victimized by any number of these online offenders.
51-year-old Sam Norman was shot to death last week in DeKalb County, Georgia, after planning to meet someone who claimed to be selling a drone on the LetGo app. If you haven’t seen their commercials, LetGo is a craigslist competitor in app form. Mr. Norman went to meet someone who was purportedly selling a drone, instead Mr. Norman was found in his truck having been shot to death.
Police are still searching for Mr. Norman’s killer and has been described by a witness as a man wearing a white T-shirt and a black hat. Investigators are combing LetGo for any possible leads.
Just because apps like LetGo and 5miles look slick and professional, and aren’t craigslist, doesn’t mean that the old rules don’t apply anymore. Meet during the day somewhere that is as public as possible, preferably at your local police station. Once some new facet of technology comes along, it doesn’t take very long for criminals to try to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, that sometimes can cost someone their life.
I’m extremely curious as to how the girl got to Texas from California considering it’s a trip that’s almost 2,000 miles by car. Did he buy her a plane ticket, or more likely a bus ticket? Did he make the 4,000 mile round trip from Texas to California and back again to pick her up from her home? It’s not unheard of for online predators to go to such lengths to procure their victims.
Of course it was determined that Arthur was ‘having sex’ with the girl, or as it should be called, child rape. This should come as no surprise, considering Kik is rampant with sex offenders and pedophiles. Again, because this app is so popular among teens, and even pre-teens, it’s become a veritable hunting ground for predators. If this app is on your child’s phone, you should be concerned with whom they might be talking to. You may trust your child, but do you trust the stranger on the other end? You shouldn’t.
First, please allow me to apologize for the click bait headline. Hopefully after you read what I post you’ll see that it was necessary.
Facebook has replaced the milk carton when it comes to disseminating information about a missing child. I’m sure many of us have shared the image of a missing child on Facebook hoping that our post will help find them, but are we doing more harm than good?
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently issued a warning to Facebook users that sharing a missing child post on Facebook may actually put the child in danger. According to the RCMP the child may be hiding for their own safety. By posting the image of a missing child we could be unwittingly returning a child into the hands of an abuser.
When it comes to sharing information like this on Facebook we need to stop for a moment and use our heads instead of reacting purely from the heart. That moment could go a long way in keeping someone safe.
UPDATE: Something that I forgot to add, but a Facebook friend reminded me of, is that sometimes these missing child posts can be severely out of date as well. When something gets shared on Facebook, it can sometimes be reposted years after the original post. For example, while it’s not a missing child post, this Facebook post is still circulating two years after its original posting with people still believing it even though there are no sources to verify it.
32-year-old Richard Jay Johns, of Tulsa County, Oklahoma, was a physical therapist. That was before he allegedly inappropriately touched an underage girl during a therapy session. As if he thought his game was that strong, Johns is also accused of sending a picture of his Little Johns to his victim on the photo sharing app Snapchat. According to reports this wasn’t Johns’ first rodeo as the victim’s family was able to provide police with the name of a second victim who Johns allegedly sent a risqué picture to on Snapchat.
I’d be curious to know how Johns was able to find these girls on Snapchat. It could be that the girls were just being friendly in giving out their Snapchat names. Or they could have posted their Snapchat usernames somewhere public, like on a different social network like Facebook. If they did that, it wouldn’t take long for a stalker or predator to find them in order to send unsolicited dick pics. Sharing your Snapchat username indiscriminately isn’t going to make you famous, it will make you a target.