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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I originally posted about the murder of Daniel Carlos here. The 32-year-old father and husband was shot and killed in a San Leandro, California, parking lot after trying to sell his iPhone to someone from LetGo. Now, arrests have been made in Mr. Carlos’ murder.
18-year-olds Marcus Fortune and Jason Patton have been arrested and charged with Mr. Carlos’ murder. Fortune is believe to have allegedly pulled the trigger while Patton was the driver. Fortune is even said to have admitted to his involvement in the crime although that is not a guilty plea. He says that this was supposed to be a ‘take and go’.
Again, this crime took place in a public place in broad daylight and Mr. Carlos was still killed for something as minor as an iPhone. The old rules no longer apply as criminals are willing to take any number of lives in order to get whatever shiny trinket is being offered up. Use your local police station to complete any transaction of this nature.
Back in mid-November, 32-year-old Daniel Carlos of Redwood City, California was shot and killed in San Leandro, California. He was shot and killed by after meeting someone who was willing to buy his iPhone through the LetGo app. Police say there were multiple suspects, and as far as I can tell they are still at large. Mr. Carlos left behind a wife and 5-year-old daughter.
LetGo is starting to rack up a disturbing body count in a short amount of time. If I had to hazard a guess I’d say they might even break craigslist’s record in a shorter amount of time.
16-year-old Makayla Massey was last seen in her Victorville, California, home on August 25, 2017. Police say Makayla was using the social network/app MeetMe to possibly sell herself for sex. She reportedly posed as a 19-year-old with the names of Anita Green, Anitta Argintino, Anita Franchise, and Anita Massey. She is said to not have had her own cell phone, but instead used an iPod that has wifi capabilities.
Makayla Massey is described as a white female, five feet 4 inches tall and weighing 146 pounds. She has brown hair with lighter-colored hair at the ends, according to her mother, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, a white shirt and carrying a black Adidas backpack.
Anyone with information regarding Makayla Massey’s whereabouts is urged to contact Detective Dana Weinberg at 760-243-1989, 760-559-5362, or the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760-241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit www.wetip.com.
MeetMe has been around since the MySpace days of social media and has devolved into nothing more than a hook-up site. Like most social apps, you don’t necessarily need a phone to access it. You can use just about any device that has wifi capability, like in this case, an iPod. Please, regularly check your kids’ devices for any activity that could put them in harm’s way.
Sadly, child sex trafficking is nothing new to social media. Pimps and traffickers have been using social media since the days of MySpace, luring impressionable kids with tales of money and fame only to turn them out on the street or online.
We’ll get to the obvious question in due time, but first the facts.
Musical.ly is a social app where people can share videos of themselves, livestream and message each other. 25-year-old Jacob Eric Blanco, of Fresno, California, is accused of allegedly using Musical.ly and Kik, of course, to solicit girls under 12 to send him explicit images of themselves. Blanco was brought to the attention of law enforcement by a family from New York whose 6-year-old daughter was reportedly solicited by Blanco. Blanco is looking at a maximum sentence of 30 years for each count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Law enforcement are said to be looking for additional victims.
So I checked Musical.ly’s terms of service and you have to be at least 13-years-old to use the app. While it’s fortunate the incident led to Blanco’s arrest, why in the blue hell was a 6-year-old allowed to be on Musical.ly? Have these people never been on the internet? Were they Amish people who left that practice behind and this was their first day in the pagan world?
No child needs to be left to roam freely online without parental supervision, especially a 6-year-old girl. There’s too many cretins like Blanco running wild online to leave your young children unattended on any internet connected device.
22-year-old Gilbert Balderas of Orosi, California, was an employee of the local school district. He is said to have helped with the school district’s after school program. Since we’re talking about a school employee, you can probably guess what app he used to commit a crime. That’s right, Balderas not only sent nude pictures of himself to an 11-year-old female student of the district over Snapchat, but he also said they should meet up. I’m guessing it wasn’t for milk and cookies or juice boxes. Balderas pleaded no contest to distributing or showing pornography to a minor and contact with a minor for sexual offense, and was sentenced to a year in county jail.
While Kik seems to be the app of choice for strangers on the internet, Snapchat seems to be the app of choice of predators your kids may know. And more often than not, Snapchat is used by an inordinate amount of teachers, coaches and school employees to commit such crimes.
Despite my attempt at an alliterative headline, Spencer was actually first noticed by the FBI who were tipped off to him by an unnamed witness. The witness claimed Spencer traded child porn with him over Kik. Spencer also reportedly told the witness “his preference is for children approximately four to eight-years-old”.
It just goes to show you not every pedophile is a dirty old man in a coat, they can also be fresh-faced teenagers who you pay to babysit your kids while they make child porn. As my cohort Lady Gray always tells me, pedophiles constantly try to place themselves in job positions that allow them easy access to children. In this day and age if you have kids that require babysitting, you should have at least one hidden security camera in the home.
UPDATE:A subsequent article about Spencer’s arrest says he was studying to become an become an elementary school teacher, furthering our opinion that pedophiles often try to place themselves in positions that allow them access to children.
UPDATE II: Shortly after Spencer’s arrest, another babysitter was arrested for allegedly working in conjunction with Spencer. He is 24-year-old Bryan Petersen of Tiburon, California. Between the two of them they are said to have produced over 10,000 images of child porn.
UPDATE 7/27/2017:Petersen pleaded guilty to child porn charges, He’s looking at 110 years behind bars when he’s sentenced in November.
51-year-old Michael Engelmann, of Anaheim, California, was a girls’ basketball coach at an Orange County high school. He was arrested for allegedly harassing a 15-year-old female student from the school on Snapchat for inappropriate photos. He is said to have harassed the girl for not adding him to her Snapchat. Police believe there may be additional victims.
Again, it seems like an inordinate amount of school employees and volunteers get into more trouble with Snapchat than anyone else. Coaches and teachers are supposed to foster children’s education and development, not prey upon them during some of their most vulnerable years.