An article from CNN makes a case for making your children’s bedrooms a ‘screen free zone’ meaning no tablets, cell phones or computers in a child’s bedroom. They argue that kids having these devices in bed can affect their sleep but there’s another benefit to screen free bedrooms.
If kids do not have these devices in their bedrooms then it makes it harder for predators to contact them while parents are unaware. I’ve posted way too many stories where kids have been groomed through their cell phones on mobile apps than I care to remember. Also while the kids are sleeping this gives parents a chance to see what the kids are doing on their devices by reviewing their apps and history.
In the city of Guthrie, Oklahoma three men in two separate incidents were arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old boy on craigslist.
In the first instance authorities arrested 46-year-old Wallace Walters and 26-year-old Bobby Anderson. The pair was said to have been working together in their quest for the boy. They arranged to meet the boy at a local restaurant. They were unable to locate the boy and were arrested shortly thereafter.
The third man was 41-year-old Johnnie Jones. Jones was also arrested after not being able to locate the boy at the restaurant.
This restaurant they keep speaking of, I wonder if it had arches of the golden variety, but I digress.
The reason that the suspects could not locate the boy was because the boy was actually the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Oops.
Here’s the thing that should wake people up about child predators like these. Guthrie is only a city of about 10,000 people yet they were able to catch three predators on their local craigslist in the matter of a weekend. Who knows how many are out there in that area that haven’t been caught yet. And as usual don’t expect craigslist to do anything about this. Since the media isn’t applying pressure on them anymore they could not care any less.
This is at least the third craigslist creeper from Arizona that I’ve posted about this year. I’m officially declaring Arizona a hot spot (pun intended) for craigslist creepers.
The creeper in question this time is 33-year-old Logan Goodon Jr. from Phoenix. Police say that he allegedly placed an ad in craigslist’s casual encounters section looking to have sex with a teen. Goodon received a response from a 15-year-old girl and said that he wanted to have sex with the girl while recording it on his cell phone. He allegedly arranged to meet the girl at a restaurant, my guess would be one that had a drive-thru. Except when he went to the meeting place the 15-year-old was actually the Phoenix PD. According to reports Goodon admitted that he knew what he was doing was illegal.
Once again though this brings up the fact that these are the types of ads that are being posted in the casual encounters section of craigslist yet no one is outraged, no one is questioning craigslist about it and it almost seems to be just an accepted practice. That’s pretty sickening if you think about it.
38-year-old Arthur Been Jr. of Oklahoma City was recently arrested for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl through craigslist. Been had responded to the girl’s ad saying that “I would like to meet you. I have never had a younger girl for a girlfriend so let’s see what happens.” Somehow I doubt that is true. When Been went to meet the girl it turned out that the girl was actually the Canadian County Sheriff’s Department. Oops. The Sheriffs say that Been admitted to them he knew what he was doing was wrong. Been has a previous criminal record that does not contain any previous sexual crimes.
Maybe if craigslist policed their own site for personal or casual encounter ads placed by minors the police wouldn’t have to., And always parents, please monitor your children’s internet activity as they have no business being on craigslist for any reason.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a story about a woman from Tempe, Arizona whose teenage daughter was solicited on craigslist after posting an ad for babysitting. She took her story to the local media after police did not arrest the suspect because of lack of evidence. That suspect has since been arrested.
22-year-old Joshua Vehmeier of Mesa was arrested two days after the story was aired. He’s been charged with sending the 16-year-old girl explicit photos of himself and soliciting her for sex. Police say they also found him in possession of child porn so I can almost guarantee that this wasn’t his first time fishing for victims on craigslist, only the first time he got caught.
Again I say to the parents on there craigslist is no place for an underage child no matter what the circumstance is. If your child wants to earn baby sitting money that’s great. Just don’t advertise their services on craigslist or anywhere else on the internet for that matter. Advertise at places like your local church, community center. or word of mouth to your friends. That doesn’t guarantee that your child may be not be placed in harm’s way but they’ll be a lot safer than with some random stranger from craigslist.
In Tempe, Arizona the mother of a teenage girl is upset with police because she says the man who solicited her daughter for sex through craigslist has not been arrested.
The girl, whose exact age is unknown, placed ads on craigslist advertising her service as a baby sitter. Allegedly one man sent her explicit pictures and offered her money for sex. After investigating police had not yet charged the man saying there wasn’t sufficient evidence.
The girl’s mom had this to say about the man not being arrested…
“He went on that site to find teenage girls,” said Myers. “I’m frustrated because now he knows where we live.”
So you then decided to go on local TV?
Obviously she doesn’t read this site because if she did she would have known that craigslist is probably the worst place to allow your kids to place any kind of ad. Craigslist is crawling with sexual predators just looking for any ad that may lead them to a victim. This kind of ad is like blood in the water for sharks.
It makes me wonder if the mom in the story has ever had any business dealings with that nice Nigerian prince fellow.
48-year-old Mark Thorpe was arrested in Oviedo, Florida for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old boy on craigslist. According to police he arranged to meet the teen at one local park but when the park appeared to be too crowded he changed the meeting spot to another park. Of course the teen turned out to be the police and Thorpe was arrested. Police say that Thorpe had 2 porn DVDs and candy in his possession. I wonder if he drove a windowless van too.
Thorpe is a food service manager at a local middle school. Does that make him head lunch lady? Because of his position he is being held with no bond.
I remember back in the day when MySpace was all the rage various politicians and media organizations put the pressure on them to keep sexual predators off their site but yet none of these groups give a rat’s ass about craigslist.,
Police in Montgomery County, Texas arrested 38-year-old Stanley Haney of Liberty County for allegedly soliciting a teen over Facebook for sex. Investigators were notified by a 13-year-old girl’s mother who told them that a Facebook friend of her daughter’s was posting inappropriate messages on her Facebook page.
Investigators then posed as the teen and another 15-year-old girl on Facebook. They say that Haney sent sexually explicit messages to both teens and agreed to meet both of them. At one of the meetings Haney was arrested. Haney is a registered sex offender. I was not able to find out what his original offense was. Again the registry doesn’t stop predators from re-offending.
Good job on mom for taking the time to not only monitor her daughter’s Facebook page but also having the courage to notify police.
Now it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted about a Facebook predator. Much like I asked about Backpage has the predator problem on Facebook been curtailed or is it just being under-reported? I would have to say under-reported. When MySpace was at the height of its popularity there was never a shortage of stories about MySpace predators. That’s because even though MySpace seemed to be everywhere it was mostly seen as for kids and young adults while Facebook is seen as being for all ages. Plus Facebook is so much more ubiquitous than MySpace ever was that it’s just seen as another communication tool like e-mail or text messaging. If a child is approached by a predator through e-mail or text I doubt it would make the news. Facebook has become that banal that predators on it are no longer news in my opinion. That’s a shame really because if they’re not in the news than it can lull some parents into a false sense of security that Facebook is somehow safe from predators.
Wow, it’s just a veritable cornucopia of craigslist creepers today isn’t it?
This particular creeper is 22-year-old Joseph Alan Geissinger, of Muskegon, Michigan. He was arrested by his local police department for allegedly trying to solicit a 16-year-old girl through craigslist to star in a porno that he was producing. The girl had posted an ad on craigslist offering her services as a baby sitter.
Police say that Geissinger just straight up asked her if she wanted to be in his ‘movie’. Luckily the girl told her mother who first posed as the girl then eventually contacted police. Police do not believe he’s actually made any videos but believe he may have contacted other girls.
Anyone who believes they have been contacted by Geissinger under that screen name is asked to contact the Muskegon Police Department at (231) 724-6750 or Silent Observer 72-CRIME; or Muskegon Police Detective Kory Luker, who is actively working the case, at (231) 724-6755.
He’s looking at 20 years.
Now the girl and the mom did the right thing by contacting police however under no circumstance should you allow your son or daughter to post an ad on craigslist for baby sitting. This isn’t the first time that some predator approached someone through a non-sexual ad. The one story that always sticks out in my mind is the one about the handyman who was approached by someone who wanted to have sex with his kids. These are the kind of dregs that permeate craigslist. Why people still consider to business on it is beyond me.
So the other day I received an e-mail about Raymond Boden who I dubbed a craigslist creeper. Go read what he did. I’ll wait.
You’re back? Ok, here’s the e-mail…
You dub him “Craigslist Creeper”. I am all for the first amendment, but seriously you have NO IDEA who this man REALLY is or what he stands for. No, I don’t agree with his choices, but he was NOT looking for a 12 year old. In fact he asked on several occasions how old the daughter was! Why is it that law enforcement is never looked at as a possible problem? Does anyone ever think that showers like To Catch a Predator can make police set people up?
And really? Craigslist Creeper? A bit harsh don’t you think? Yes, it may get you readers but at who’s expense? I know that when Ray gets out my kids or my grandchildren will be with him ALONE and they will love him as much, if not more than I always have – and ALWAYS WILL!!
First off you act like I dubbed him THE craigslist creeper. Take a look around. He’s just A craigslist creeper. Unfortunately only one of many. He wasn’t the first and he isn’t the last.
Secondly I’m really sure he was set up. That’s why he pleaded guilty. I hear that all the time. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that I’d at least be able to take my family out for a nice dinner.
Speaking of family if you really want to leave your kids or grandkids around him that’s your prerogative. Not only is blood thicker than water it’s dumber than water too. I’d hate to see any child get molested but I’m not the one that will have to pay for therapy if Uncle Ray ever had his way.
Oh and don’t flatter your friend Ray. He’s not going to get me any more readers.