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.
17-year-old Donnie Howard of Crawford, Texas, has been arrested for allegedly producing child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. If you’re new to my site, in the past I’ve documented how Kik is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles and many of them use the app to trade or produce child porn. Howard is said to be no exception.
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.