29-year-old David Andrew Borghesani of Northampton, Pennsylvania, was a teacher at a nearby high school. He resigned from his position back in February after it came to light that he allegedly sent pictures of his junk to three separate students over Snapchat. He also allegedly exchanged explicit pictures with one of the students so you can add child porn charges to that as well.
If someone were to ask me what was the most popular social app among teens, I would have to say Snapchat since it’s the one creepy teachers use most to prey on students.
UPDATE 10/10/2017: Borghesani pleaded guilty to sending explicit Snapchat messages to students.
UPDATE 12/1/2017: Borghesani has been sentenced to 3 to 23 months in jail. Not nearly enough.
Normally, I don’t follow high-profile stories like the saga of Anthony Weiner, but how could I not?
Recently, the former U.S. Representative was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for transferring obscene material to a 15-year-old girl over social media. Weiner communicated with the girl using Twitter, Skype, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Confide(?), and….wait for it…Kik.
The only reason I posted this story is now I can say that Kik is the stomping grounds of sex offenders, pedophiles, child porn collectors, and Anthony Weiner.
24-year-old Kara DeVaux is accused of allegedly recording a nursing home resident naked on Snapchat in Michigan City, Indiana.
According to court documents the video depicted an 85-year-old dementia patient naked in the shower while the staff sprayed her with water. Witnesses to the video told supervisors they heard DeVaux’s voice in the recording saying “look at this crazy bitch she doesn’t like taking showers.”
As is usual with Snapchat stories the video didn’t quite disappear and someone was able to take a screen grab of the video. There was also allegedly a picture of the woman on Daveaux’s Snapchat that had the caption “She f***ing hates showers. S***.”
As I’ve mentioned before not only is this blatant degradation of some of the most helpless members of our society but it’s also a blatant violation of the medical privacy laws in our country known as HIPAA. As someone who has worked in the healthcare field since the advent of HIPAA I can tell you the penalties for violating HIPAA are no joke. They can result in substantial monetary fines and jail time. Whole Davaux has been charged with felony voyeurism and misdemeanor sale, distribution or exhibition of obscene matter she may want to be more concerned about what may happen if the feds decide they want to pursue violation of HIPAA charges.
Usually when I start writing about a school employee that gets arrested for inappropriate use of Snapchat I ask why is it that so many school workers are on Snapchat? Of course the answer is obvious, it’s where the kids are and it’s where the predators within the school’s personnel can maintain contact with the students without attracting attention from the parents, in theory. Remember that Snapchat used to tout itself on the fact that the pictures sent through the app were temporary and would be deleted after a short amount a time. Of course that doesn’t stop people from making copies or screen grabs of the allegedly short-lived pictures or videos.
In Michigan, Dominic Anthony Ciccantelli worked as a special-education classroom assistant in a middle school. Among some of the many crimes that he’s been accused of that involve inappropriate touching of some of the female students he’s also been accused of allegedly Snapchatting pictures of his junk to three underage girls including a 13-year-old girl that he helped at the school.
The 13-year-old also told police that Ciccantelli asked her to perform a sex act with him, according to court documents.
Both she and Ciccantelli allegedly said they had spent a night together in his car. The girl said they had kissed and “made out” several times in several places, including once in the school’s teachers’ lounge.
I’m not saying that all school employees are child predators but it seems that there’s an inordinate amount of them among those who work at schools.
Again I say to parents it’s up to you on whether or not you want to allow your kids to have Snapchat on their phones or tablets. However I urge you that if you do make frequent checks on their friends list to make sure that no adult is contacting them for sexual reasons.
Again I’m left asking what is it with school teachers and coaches and Snapchat? This time 57-year-old Jeffrey M. Sirois has been arrested for allegedly sending a video of himself cranking it on Snapchat to a number of teens. Sirois was a girls soccer coach for a high school in Storrs, Connecticut and yes the video is said to have gone to some of the girls on his team.
Sirois claims that he meant to send the video to his girlfriend but accidentally sent it to some of the members of his team. I’m sorry but that’s not much better. No teacher or coach should ever be friends with their students or players on Snapchat. I can’t be the only one who thinks that is inappropriate. There’s a myriad of ways for faculty to get in touch with students these days, the disappearing picture app isn’t supposed to be one of them.
BCSO: Teacher used Snapchat to share obscene material with student:
Joseph Lamar Johnson
That sounds painful doesn’t it? Anyway, back in November, 24-year-old Joseph Lamar Johnson was arrested for allegedly sending pics of his junk to a 15-year-old girl through the smartphone app Snapchat. As you may know Snapchat’s supposed allure is that the pics are supposed to self-destruct after ten seconds. Also as many have shown there are many ways of getting around that. This story obviously shows that as well.
Johnson is a teacher at Mowat Middle School in Lynn Haven, Florida and is accused of sending the picture to a former female student who is 15-years-old. It seems that Snapchat is the preferred tool of choice by teacher creepers. In the short time that I’ve been posting about Snapchat, Johnson is the third teacher I’ve posted about getting in trouble by using it.
Hey guys, let me let you in on a little secret. Do you know how you can send pics like this to minors without getting in trouble? You can’t, so stop doing it.
Also is Florida like the pedo-defender capital of the world? The first comments in the article are quick to question the victim’s veracity. It’s almost akin to witness intimidation. They prey upon these articles and leave these comments almost to try to make sure that victims like this girl won’t come forward in the future.