Threlkeld posed on MySpace as a 14-year-old girl named Sarah Miller to gain the confidence of underage girls then convince them to model for her ‘friend’. Some of the girls were molested by Threlkeld and some of his child porn victims were as young as 11. His victims stretched far and wide across the country and went even as far as Canada and the UK. His victims may have even numbered in the 100 range mark.
As far as I can recollect Threlkeld has received the longest sentence for social network related crimes.
It would be great to see even more predators like Mr. Classy Neck Tattoo get sentences like this.
The smiling doofus up there is 29-year-old Eugene Ballantyne of Running Springs, California. Ballantyne was recently arrested on child porn charged when it was discovered that he had been allegedly trading explicit pictures with a 13-year-old girl from New Jersey. Ballantyne is said to have met the girl on the anonymous chat site Omegle.
For those of you not familiar with Omegle it is a chat site that let’s you talk with random strangers either through text or webcam. Their motto is “Talk to Strangers.” Their terms of service allows anyone as young as 13 to be on their site. The instructions and warnings on their site are kind of disturbing…
Omegle is a great way of meeting new friends. When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, and you can disconnect whenever you like, although there is also nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you choose to.
Do not behave inappropriately on Omegle, and understand that human behavior is fundamentally uncontrollable. The people you encounter on Omegle may not behave appropriately. Use Omegle at your own peril, and do not use Omegle if you are under 13, or without a parent/guardian’s permission if you are under 18. Disconnect if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable.
So as far as I can tell the chats are unmoderated and anything goes. I respect the fact that Omegle has the right to do business as they see fit as slimy as it is. However I would imagine that this site would be a goldmine for would be predators looking to talk to an underage girl just like Ballantyne allegedly did.
Reports say that Ballantyne was well aware of her age especially considering that he told the girl to not tell anyone and to delete all his texts and e-mails. Ballantyne also allegedly admitted to receiving explicit images from a 15-year-old girl and driving 180 miles to have sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Again I have to remind parents that you shouldn’t be allowing your kids to go on sites like Omegle nor should they have webcams. No 13-year-old girl should be chatting with strangers on the internet. As I’ve said many times before sites like Omegle don’t give a shit about your kids and you are the only defense between your kids and the sexual predators that lurk on the internet.
I’ve posted about 34-year-old Joshua David Threlkeld many times before in the past. To make a long story short Threlkeld of Orange County California posed on MySpace as a 14-year-old girl named Sarah Miller. Threlkeld would then use the persona of the girl in order to gain the confidence of other underage girls and would convince them that they should be models. That’s when Mr. Neck Tattoo would either get the girls to send explicit photos of themselves or he would take the photos himself pretending he had a modeling agency. Some of his victims were as young as 11 and his victims are said to be in the hundreds. He even molested some of the girls he took pictures of. Some of his victims were even from Canada and the UK.
This week a Riverside County court convicted him of 79 felonies. He is looking at life when he is sentenced next month. Hopefully California won’t drop the ball on his sentencing as there is obviously no hope for rehabilitation for this scumbag.
45-year-old Robert Vincent Peace of Lake Forest, California was recently arrested and pleaded not guilty to child porn charges. According to investigators the former kids soccer coach was a Stickam predator.
In 2009 Peace allegedly met a 13-year-old girl on the live streaming site and convinced her to send explicit videos of herself to him. Once he got the videos police say that he threatened the girl into sending him more explicit images by saying that he would post the videos online if she didn’t. Peace is said to have posted the videos online anyway. For most of 2009 Stickam still had their private rooms where basically anything went regardless of age.
This came to light in 2011 when a family member of Peace’s discovered child porn on Peace’s computer. Not only did that lead to the alleged videos of his Stickam victim but close to 2000 other child porn images.
Peace is actually a citizen of the UK and is being held on $500K bond.
Anyone with additional information or who may have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714-347-8794 or ICE’s toll-free 24-hour tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE.
Even though Stickam got rid of their private rooms almost 3 years ago there are still plenty of shady live video streaming sites out there. If you don’t want your child becoming a victim to one of these predators than I suggest you make sure they don’t have access to a webcam and keep all computers in a common area of the house.
No 13-year-old needs a webcam and as I’ve said before letting them have one is just an open invitation for sexual predators to virtually enter their rooms.
UPDATE 3/3/2012: While examining Peace’s computer investigators found that Peace had another victim from Stickam. This time it was a 14-year-old girl from Virginia.
What’s worse than being 22 and having a 15-year-old girlfriend? How about threatening on Facebook to put a hit out on her parents? That’s what police in Glendale, California said 22-year-old Raul Reinoso did.
Reinoso was on parole for armed robbery and allegedly has gang ties. For seven months he was having a sexual relationship (child rape) with a 15-year-old girl.
When her parents found out about it they sent Reinoso a message through Facebook that he couldn’t see their daughter anymore. Ina Facebook response Reinoso allegedly said that he was going to put a hit out on her family.
You would think that someone on parole wouldn’t be stupid enough to do things like this but then again criminals like Reinoso have never been known for their collective smarts. The girl’s parents called police and now Reinoso has been charged with suspicion of making a criminal threat, unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor.
No word on possible sentencing but knowing the California system and how prosecutors like to cut deals I’m sure this scumbag will be back on the streets in no time.
Recently 21-year-old Mathew Jacobs of Hollister, California pleaded no-contest to various rape charges against him. It seems he was quite the internet predator. Jacobs used both Facebook and MyYearbook to find his victims.
He was arrested in July of last year for rape then while he was out on bail he raped another victim. Both victims were met through social networking sites.
If that’s not outrageous enough for you he’s only looking at 11 years behind bars.
First of all, in my opinion rapists should not be allowed to roam free after being arrested. Rape is probably the worst crime you can commit against a woman. Secondly while I understand of entering into pleas to spare the victims from having to relive their nightmare at trial, 11 years is a joke of a sentence for the rape of two victims. If he has two victims there could be more who were afraid to come forward.
Now when this jackhole is released at the age of 32 do you really think he’ll be rehabilitated? More than likely he’ll be looking for victims as soon as he’s released. And since this is California he probably won’t even serve half of his sentence.
Police in Huntington Beach, California have arrested another would be predator from the pages of craigslist.
This time it was 35-year-old Oscar Pinedo of Santa Ana, California. Pinedo allegedly thought that he was going to pay to have sex with a 13-year-old girl that he arranged through craigslist. Pinedo was said to have been told the girl’s age repeatedly but he didn’t seem to mind. Pinedo was arrested at the pre-arranged meeting place.
Once again this shows that craigslist is far from being cleaned up. Just think for every creep that’s arrested think of how many are on craigslist who haven’t been caught.
It’s no secret that a lot of stolen goods are put up for sale on craigslist. Every once in a while you’ll see a story where a civilian got their items back by performing an amateur sting on the suspect. I don’t post these stories for the potential danger that doing that poses. This is a story that proves that point.
In Modesto. California a group of people decided to set up someone who was allegedly selling their friend’s stolen car stereo on craigslist. When the group of 4 confronted the suspect the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire. He struck a 33-year-old man 5 times in the torso.
Leave police work to the professionals. If not it could get you killed.
I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this with you before but I don’t drink. Not to excess anyway. I can go for months without having a beer and I can’t even remember the last time I got drunk. Not because I got so wasted I don’t remember it’s just been that long. There’s several reasons behind my semi-tea totaling ways. The first is my dad was a mean drunk and I’ve seen what kind of damage excessive drinking can do to a family. The second is in a bout of excessive drinking on my part I gave myself alcohol poisoning in my early 20s and that made me lose my taste for hard liquor. And lastly during my first year of marriage I went to a bar one night to drown my sorrows and when I came back my daughter, who was 10 at the time, told me I reeked of beer. I was so embarrassed thinking back to when I was her age and my dad coming home stumbling in the door drunk reeking of booze right before he hit my mom.
So you can kind of understand when I say I don’t get why some people put alcohol above the welfare and safety of their own children, like 27-year-old Corrina Atuatasi of Garden Grove, California.
Police allege that Atuatasi was watching her two-month-old son, Aiden Galeai, on Halloween night while her husband and daughter were visiting family. While she was outside smoking, and the baby was inside alone mind you, a couple of neighbors invited her to their Halloween party. She left her son to go drink but shortly went back to get Aiden, putting him in a car seat then taking him and going back to the party for a few hours.
Supposedly when she returned home in a drunken stupor at 4am somehow Aiden found himself face down in a pile of laundry where he suffocated to death. Considering he was only 2-months-old I’m going to assume he didn’t end up there under his own power. Atuatasi woke up 2 hours later and called 911. When police arrived they said she had BAC of .23 which as I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, is almost three times the legal limit. This was 2+ hours after she had stopped drinking so I can only imagine what it was when she stopped drinking. .
25-year-old Leo James Zabala Jr. of Whittier, California was busted by Homeland Security for allegedly trying to solicit high school girls for sex on craigslist. Investigators say that Zabala posted ads in the casual encounters section of craigslist offering a mere $60 for the full experience, if you know what I mean. He was also allegedly generous enough to offer $40 for ‘another act’. And by ads they say he posted 380 of them.
Homeland Security agents posed as a 14-year-old girl from Huntington Beach and when Zabala arrived to the meeting he was arrested.
And get this, he’s out on $50K bond. He claims that he’s never had sex with any underage victims. I’m sorry but you don’t post 380 ads without getting at least one response. That’s a pretty wide net.
Is there any question that craigslist still has a long way to go before cleaning up its act? Especially considering it seems to be the go to place for child predators. Moderation? Anyone? Bueller?