Now before you get all riled and outraged at this turn of events, like I was when all I read was the attention-grabbing headline, let me fill you in on how this happened.
Apparently, the child’s mother, who is now 21, applied for state assistance in Michigan and was receiving food stamps and healthcare for her son. I guess when you’re allowed to quit school at 12 and try to raise a baby, your chances of employment capable of sustaining you and your child are greatly diminished, but I digress, as Trench would say.
All states’ departments of social services attempt to recover assistance funds to single parents by establishing paternity and subsequent child support payments for their children. Once paternity is established, the other parent is routinely awarded parenting time and joint legal custody. According to Mirasalo’s attorney, this is what occurred here and none of this was initiated by him. Keep in mind that joint legal custody does not equal joint residential custody.
I am not AT ALL forgiving this monster for raping and impregnating a 12-year-old when he was 18 himself and way old enough to know better. BUT, I have a lot of questions as to how things got to the point they are at today:
1. Mirasalo kept the 12-year-old and her sister almost hostage-like for 2 days…was a missing child report filed?
2. Who allows a 12-year-old to make the decision to drop out of school and attempt to raise a BABY? Really?
3. What has the child been told about who his father is?
4. Is this turn of events all because the victim applied for state assistance?
5. Does Mirasalo even want contact with the child? He’s been out of prison for similar charges since 2014; chances are if he hasn’t made contact in the past 3+ years, he probably wasn’t going to.
6. Can’t Mirasalo just relinquish his parental rights if he wants to?
There’s always more behind the sensationalist headlines.
Garretson was not charged with any of these crimes until he raped yet another child in 2014. This rape was reported by the child’s parent, resulting in the involvement of the FBI, who then discovered all the other crimes that had occurred while the Garretsons were licensed foster parents 10 years earlier. In court, at least one victim revealed she had tried to tell state caseworkers, Mrs. Garretson and DHS investigators repeatedly, but no one believed her. Another victim said she was too scared to tell anyone at the time, fearful of being moved to another home and thus separated from her siblings.
When Garretson spoke in court, he claimed he didn’t even remember the 7 victims who gave victim impact statements. That’s how trivial and meaningless these crimes were to him. He offered a hollow “I’m sorry to anyone I’ve hurt.” BFD. The judge who handed down the life sentence got it right, though. U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes made sure Garretson, who should have been a safe haven for the already-traumatized children placed in his “care”, will never have the opportunity to hurt another child.
The Arkansas abuse and neglect hotline number is 1-800-482-5964.
Hey, another Snapchat story without a teacher, however, I shouldn’t be making light of this since it’s a pretty disturbing story.
28-year-old Keri Harwood, of New River, Arizona, claims she met a man who would pay her to perform solo sex acts over Snapchat. Apparently her feminine wiles weren’t enough to keep the money flowing, as the man was said to have offered her more money to molest her two children and send him the videos. Payments that once hovered around the $100 mark quickly turned into payments of $500 to $600. Harwood allegedly molested the children while her husband was at work on at least five different occasions according to her own admittance. She is said to have told police she did these unspeakable acts because she ‘needed the money’. She’ll need the money even more as she’s currently being held on $150,000 bond.
It makes me wonder if Harwood started out as a camgirl. For those of you who may not know, there are sites where women, and men, can set up accounts where they can livestream themselves and set prices for certain acts. Models are paid in tokens, a type of virtual currency, instead of cash as to probably avoid prostitution laws. Plus it obfuscates how much models are being tipped and how much of a percentage the sites are taking in. In a number of these cases you can obtain the model’s Snapchat address to receive future images. It’s not unheard of for private deals to be made off-site. To clarify, this is merely speculation on my part, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this was the case.
As someone who was once entrusted to help raise two children this sickens me to no end. There were plenty of times where I was dirt poor as well and not once did I ever think about sexually exploiting my stepkids in order to make a couple of bucks. It makes me wonder what exactly she needed the money for. According to pictures on her social media accounts, it doesn’t seem like she was hurting for much.
No word on if the man who requested the videos has been apprehended or not.
You know, someone should start a website where parents like this are called out publicly, or maybe someone will.
19-year-old Evan Anderson Berkland, of Ankeny, Iowa, is accused of using Snapchat to lure an 11-year-old girl into sex. Berkland allegedly used the photo sharing app to lure the girl to a local gym where they ‘had sex’ in the gym’s bathroom. Again, if you’re new here, I call that child rape. No 11-year-old, no matter how mature they may seem, has any concept of the ramifications that an actual sexual relationship entails. Berkland is also accused of sending the girl an explicit image of himself and requested the girl reciprocate.
How many times do I have to say it? No one under 13 needs to be on Snapchat, and even if they’re 13 or over parents still need to check to see who their children are talking with through these apps. For all we know this miscreant could have abducted her since he was reportedly able to get her into a gym’s bathroom. Again, you may trust your child, but do you trust every stranger on the internet they’re talking to?
There’s not a ton of information on this, but 20-year-old India Kirksey of Cincinnati is accused of allegedly molesting a 4-year-old boy while livestreaming the act on Periscope. A number of media outlets say that Kirksey is a mother but no one is saying whether or not the victim is her child. Her family is saying that Kirksey has special needs, whether or not these needs mean that Kirksey is mentally incapable of telling the difference between right and wrong remains to be seen. The crime was reported by someone in Texas who had allegedly stumbled across the livestream.
While I’m not absolving Kirksey for her alleged actions, if I had to hazard a guess I would say there was someone on the other end of the livestream who probably encouraged Kirksey into her actions. Every time I’ve ever posted a story about a mother who molested one of their children, be it recorded or not, it was usually at the encouragement of a boyfriend. I’d be very surprised if we don’t hear news about a second arrest in this case.
Police say that during their investigation that they not only found Sanderson to be in possession of child porn but that he was trying to solicit sex from 12 and 13-year-olds as well. The investigation started when Sanderson was pulled over while having a 14-year-old girl in his car. Investigators believe that there may be more victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact prosecutor’s Detective Michael Acquaviva at 732-431-7160, ext. 2233.
Anyone who wants to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.
Not only does this show that Kik is still rampant with sex offenders and pedophiles, but sex offender registries don’t do much to keep predators from re-offending. Instead they should be kept in jail longer rather than be given probation.
“We have information that we allege is suggestive of there being yet another victim, so the case is still being investigated although charges have already been lodged,” State Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.
“We are actively seeking additional tips and leads with respect to this particular defendant.”
“If people have any information about this individual, authorities are asking that they call our tip-line at 888-648-6007.”
Another fine example of the type of people using craigslist while they turn a blind eye to such activity happening on their own website. Even Backpage had moderators, even though they were allegedly checking for the wrong things.
This story is so out there it makes my head hurt and I have to write it in simple sentences.
34-year-old Nicole Reeves, of Lake Worth, Florida, is a mother of two and a super-fan of the rapper Macklemore. You know, the Thrift Shop guy. Let’s not forget that fan is short for fanatic.
A 12-year-old girl from new Hampshire starts to follow Macklemore’s Instagram account. Ms. Reeves reportedly strikes up a friendship with this girl over their mutual admiration for the rapper. Ms. Reeves also allegedly claims that she is the leader of a Macklemore fan club. She isn’t.
The girl, who is now 14, and her family had visited Reeves and her kids in Florida and Reeves had visited the girl and her family in New Hampshire.
I’ve inadvertently posted about Clifford W. Wares of Warwick, New York, before. The first was in 2009 when he was arrested for allegedly sending obscene material to an underage girl on MySpace. The second time was in 2013 when he was arrested in a ‘primitive encampment’ in New York where he was allegedly using Facebook to extort underage girls into having sex with him. As I have mentioned in the past, in this and many other instances the term ‘having sex’ should actually be called child rape, but I digress. When I posted the second story I was unaware that I had posted about Wares before.
Ware was recently in the news again when he was sentenced in federal court to life behind bars for, as NJ.com puts it, six counts including interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct, production of child pornography, online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and making interstate extortionate threats.
While the fact that a scumbag like Ware was sentenced to life should be newsworthy, that’s not exactly why he grabbed headlines. After one of his victims gave her impact statement Ware actually spat blood at her. This was a girl who was 13 when Ware threatened her when she refused to engage in bestiality for him. It didn’t end there either…
When court resumed, Wares observed the proceedings via closed-circuit camera in a holding cell, wearing a clear mask. Even under those circumstances, Wares was defiant, promising vengeance.
“It’s not hard to get out, and when I do, oh, there’s going to be problems,” he said.
Wares also pointed a middle finger at the camera after he completed his statement.
I feel so bad for his victim having to deal with this psychopath again like that but I admire her courage for being able to stand up to that monster so he could be put away forever.
Unfortunately, I doubt that this will be the last we hear from Wares. I don’t think he’ll ever see daylight again but I can imagine the appeals process that he’ll use to his advantage to further threaten and terrify.
Normally, and I use that term loosely, when you hear about a teenager being arrested for child porn it’s because he either took an explicit picture of himself or he had an explicit picture of his girlfriend and shared it with his buddies. Not this time.
The teen is accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy while streaming it over Kik to an, as of yet, unknown person. Howard is said to have threatened the victim with violence if he told anyone about what had happened. He’s also accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl and sharing the photographs of that on Kik as well. He’s currently being held on $1.25M bond.
While I’m not excusing his alleged actions, since 17 is more than old enough to know they’re wrong, one can easily surmise that there’s more than one person in this operation. I have to wonder if he was groomed into this type of behavior by another predator on Kik or some other social platform which is yet one more reason to know what apps your kids are using and who they talk to on them.
UPDATE 8/21/2017:Howard was sentenced to 20 years and must serve 10 before being eligible for parole.