This guy is probably the least scary thing on ChatRoulette
Again with Pennsylvania.
Police: Lafayette Student Contacted Teens Online:
20-year-old Alexander Theodore Clow of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has been charged with having an inappropriate online relationship with a 14-year-old Oklahoma boy and that’s putting it mildly.
In 2011 Clow met the boy on the original anonymous random webcam chat site ChatRoulette. Here’s how the initial meeting went…
Clow told the boy that he is a psychology major and philosophy minor at Lafayette College. After an hour, Clow asked the boy if he could masturbate into the camera, according to the arrest warrant. After Clow masturbated, the conversation continued for several more hours.
The ‘relationship’ continued for several months and across several different platforms. Police were notified by the NCMEC after the boy’s parents found explicit messages on the boy’s iPod touch.
But it doesn’t end there. Clow allegedly admitted to having a ‘relationship’ with a 16-year-old boy and ‘had sex’ with the boy in the boy’s home. 16 may be the age of consent in Pennsylvania but it doesn’t make it any less disgusting. Let’s call a spade a spade and say that Clow probably groomed the 16-year-old so consent is a debatable term here.
Getting back to ChatRoulette, how many more times do I have to say this? Parents, no 14-year-old needs a webcam. No 14-year-old boy needs to be unsupervised on the internet alone. You lock your doors at night yet you leave this window the world has in to your child’s room wide open.
Now don’t misconstrue the headline. Someone did not contact police through ChatRoulette because they were the victim of a crime. Someone called their local police department to complain about ChatRoulette.
For those of you who may not know ChatRoulette is a webcam chat site where you’re paired up with a random person.. It has been plagued by too many guys willing to show off their penises unsolicited. That’s what allegedly happened to a 13-year-old boy in Palmetto, Florida.
According to The Smoking Gun someone contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to complain that a man in his 30s was masturbating on ChatRoulette while the 13-year-old was using it. I’m sure the cops are using every available resource to find the guy. That was sarcasm by the way.
What they should have done is lock up whatever parental unit was allowing this kid to go on ChatRoulette unattended.
Chatroulette Threatens Perverts With Police:
Again I have to commend the very young founder of Chatroulette, Andrey Ternovskiy. He has announced recently that adults who expose themselves to minors on the site will be reported to law enforcement.
“We’ve captured and saved thousands of IP addresses of alleged offenders, along with logs and screenshots which prove wrong behavior,”
“Broadcasting inappropriate content to minors is a violation of both US and UN law. We are actively cooperating with law enforcement agencies.”
Not bad for a 17-year-old founder of a site. Again I have to say that more ‘adult’ website founders need to make a public display about how serious they take predators on their site.
Chatroulette Creator Andrey Ternovskiy Gets an iPad, Gives Us a Peek at Version 2.0:
In an unprecedented move not heard of in these parts the founder of ChatRoulette has made improvements to the site to limit the number of guys who are whipping it out on cam to anyone.
While the article does not go into specifics about what Andrey Ternovskiy did to improve his site it was noted that the number of male genitalia shown on cam has significantly decreased.
Meanwhile it took Stickam years to do away with private rooms and craigslist still has their head up their ass. How sad is that when a 17-year-old kid from Russia has more concern about his user base than Silicon Valley CEOs do.
Site Could Put Children Face-To-Face With Predators:
I really didn’t want to talk about this site until I had to but since law enforcement is picking up on it I guess I have to now.
The site is called chatroulette, as in Russian Roulette. No it’s not some kind of suicide fetish site.
What it does is that if you have a webcam chatroulette matches you up with another user at random who also has a webcam to chat. If you don’t like the person you’re chatting with you can just move on to the next person.
As you can imagine with a site like this it didn’t take long for the perverts to move in. I heard one tech podcast refer to it as two clicks and dick as it only took two clicks to get to some guy whipping it out.
Of course there is no age limit, well there is but it’s not much of one since it’s 16 and up.
In my opinion chatroulette is the new Stickam. I haven’t heard if any arrests being made yet but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
And like I said before, no 16-year-old needs a webcam for any reason. The only protection between them and the predators is you.
Some people need to stop being friends with their kids and be their parents.