24-year-old Francisco Javier Soledad, of Eastvale, California, was arrested by both ICE and Homeland Security for allegedly threatening children over Snapchat into sending him explicit pictures of themselves. Soledad is accused of using one of the most common online predator tricks of posing as someone he’s not in order to try to gain the trust of his victims. He reportedly posed as both an adult woman and a 13-year-old boy.
When Soledad is said to have convinced a 13-year-old Illinois boy to send him an explicit video, the boy blocked him on Snapchat, but Soledad used other multiple Snapchat accounts to threaten the boy into sending him more. The boy’s parents contacted law enforcement, and when federal investigators searched Soledad’s devices they are said to have found over 5,000 child porn images. Most of the images were said to be made by Soledad’s victims, the majority of whom have not been identified. Soledad’s main Snapchat username was said to be ‘linkinparkrocks’, and investigators are looking for additional victims.
Officials are encouraging anyone with information about Soledad or his Snapchat handle, “linkinparkrocks,” to call HSI’s toll-free tip line at 1-866-234-7423.
This presents a good opportunity to talk to your kids about a number of things when it comes to using social media. The first is that no matter what stories they’ve heard to the contrary, if an adult is approaching them in a sexual manner online, it’s not out of a romantic interest but a malicious one. The second thing is that once pictures or videos of them have been posted to social media, they are out there forever, no matter how much the app or network tells you that they disappear.
Using the screen name of ‘Redneck Rick’, Wilbanks is said to have posed as a 14-year-old boy who went to the victim’s school.
Wilbanks asked the girl for photos of her wearing athletic apparel and a swimsuit. Eventually, Wilbanks asked for nude photos of the girl, court records state.
The girl refused at first, but Wilbanks told her he would show the photos to other people unless she sent more, according to the court records.
Court records indicate the girl was visibly upset and crying in several of the images. Wilbanks told her not to look so upset and to smile, according to those records.
Police in Washington were alerted to the messages by the victim’s mother. Homeland Security then became involved in the investigation, which led to the arrest of Wilbanks.
If there is anything lower than a pedophile it has to be someone who’s entrusted to defend the public who’s also a pedophile. Let’s also not forget that no 11-year-old needs to be on Kik, not only becuause Kik’s terms of service require their users to be older, but also because Kik is a hive of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. All your kids need to be on Kik is a phone or tablet and a wi-fi connection.
UPDATE 2/11/2017: This past Thursday, Wilbanks was ordered to remain in custody after he allegedly destroyed evidence. He also cried in court. Authorities say that he also communicated with his victim on Kik while on duty.
20-year-old Keefer Mckenzie Ngirngesechei of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is accused of using social media to force two underage girls into having sex with him. Ngirngesechei allegedly used Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to solicit naked photos from girls. Once the victims complied he threatened to publish the pictures if they didn’t have sex with him. So far two 15-year-old girls have been victims of his scheme. The suspect is being held on $75K bail. Police believe he may have more victims.
Police believe there may be other teenage victims of Ngirngesechei. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 570-459-3890.
Make no mistake, if the charges are true this is definitely a case of rape. Any time a man forces women to have sex with him under any kind of threatening conditions it’s rape, and any man who commits these acts should be labeled as a rapist.
24-year-old Bryan Asrary of Revere, Massachusetts, is accused of posing as Justin Bieber in order to extort explicit pictures from a 9-year-old girl for two years. The victim, from Los Angeles County in California, followed Bieber on Instagram and was messaged by Asrary claiming to know Bieber and promised a meeting with the alleged singer. The victim was then instructed to open a Kik account where Asrary is said to have posed as Bieber himself. That’s when Asrary is said to have threatened the victim into sending him explicit photos of herself. Two years later in 2016, the suspect is said to have tried to extort more pictures out of the victim by threatening to publish the original pictures. The victim then went to her mother who went to police.
In what should really come as no surprise, this is not the first suspect to try to pose as the Canadian pop star, or the second. In the annals of this website there have been two others who have tried to use the Bieber bluff. Their stories can be seen here and here.
While I can understand why a parent may allow their child to follow Justin Bieber on Instagram, it should still be done under strict supervision, not to mention that no 9-year-old should ever be allowed to have unfettered access to social media no matter how innocent their intentions may be. Any platform, regardless of how kid friendly it may be, can be abused by miscreants like this in order to corrupt your children.
Investigators say that Ables posed as a 14-year-old girl when asking the girl for explicit photos. When he received them, he is said to have sent similar pictures of a different girl to the victim. He then threatened the victim that he would post her pictures on Facebook if she did not continue to send him pictures.
Ables allegedly admitted to the crime and said that he had been involved in online extortion since 2014 which he says has made him $50,000 in two years.
Ables said he obtained sexually explicit photographs of minors by contacting girls on KIK Messenger.
Another good warning for your kids is that if a stranger online claims to be or around their age, they still could be a predator. Posing as a child is just one of many ways that online predators use to gain your child’s trust. This is not a rare occurrence on Kik either. As I have mentioned many times in the past, Kik is inundated with sex offenders and pedophiles.
Again, I hate the use of portmanteaus like ‘sextortion’ but they’ve become a necessary evil.
Speaking of evil, 22-year-old Zachary Myers is accused in three Colorado counties of sexually assaulting underage girls. Myers is said to have used a new twist on the extortion trick. Normally a predator like this would threaten their victims or the victims’ families with violence if they didn’t comply with their requests. Myers, on the other hand, allegedly threatened to kill himself if his victims did not comply. He is even said to have gone as far as keeping a photo on his phone of himself holding a shotgun in his mouth. He reported used this trick mostly on Kik in the sexual assault of at least three different victims in Jefferson, Weld and Denver counties. His victims range from ages 13 to 16. In each case Myers is accused of allegedly either forcing himself on them or attempting to. Myers was also said to have been in possession of several explicit pictures of underage girls.
Normally, this is where I go on about how Kik is just crawling with sex offenders and pedophiles, and I guess I just did, but the article brings up a great tip about your kids’ electronic devices. It recommends that you may want to consider taking your kids’ devices away at night. Some of you may say that you trust your child too much to do that and that’s fine, but do you trust whoever they’re talking to on the other side?
The father of a 12-year-old girl has taken to the local media to warn others about what his daughter went through. The girl was approached by a man on Snapchat who attempted to coerce the girl into sending explicit photos of her.
“She’s just distraught, my daughter is usually just a little ray of sunshine, and she is sobbing,” the victim’s father described his daughter’s reaction to someone sending her a photo of a young girl, naked from chin to torso.
“It felt like rape. That’s what it felt like to me. I’m a dad to a son and a daughter, and in that moment, [it felt like] this is a rape victim because someone halfway across the world touched her on the internet,” he exclaimed.
While some parents may think that Snapchat is harmless with its cutesy filters, it can also be a predator’s window to your children if they’re left to use it unattended.
As is the norm with a lot of these stories, Marin is said to have posed as a minor, using the screen name ‘mike___2016’ in order to gain the girl’s confidence before requesting she send him nude photos. Once Marin received the photos he reportedly tried blackmailing the victim into sending more explicit photos and videos, even requesting a video where he demanded the victim to commit an act of bestiality.
The FBI believes that Marin may have more victims…
If you have information to report, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s White Plains Resident Agency at 914-989-6000.
Even glossing over the bestiality request, a sentence I’d never thought I’d ever type, I can already tell some of you are saying that the age difference between Marin and his victim isn’t that bad, and you’d be wrong. Even if we were talking about physical contact, no Romeo and Juliet laws in the U.S., to my knowledge, cover an age gap of 5 years, and even if this girl was old enough to consent to sex, any explicit images taken of someone under 18 is considered child porn. So save it for someone who cares.
As I usually close these stories, Kik is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles, and they run the gamut in age. While 13-years-old is the minimum age allowed on Kik, talk to your kids about what should be considered proper behavior before one of these predators does.
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.
20-year-old Kyle Quentin Jackson of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a grade-A scumbag of the highest order, ‘allegedly’. Jackson is accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl on the mobile messaging app Kik and got an 11-year-old boy using the app to send him explicit photos of himself. Unfortunately it didn’t end there, Jackson is also accused of coercing the boy into performing a sex act on the victim’s 9-year-old brother. As is almost the norm in these cases Jackson is said to have threatened to expose the pictures of the boy to all his friends and social networking contacts. The victims’ father found the videos on the kids’ iPad after it was too late and he notified police.
As evidenced by this story apps like Kik aren’t just used on smartphones but can be used on tablets as well and all they need is a wifi connection. No 11-year-old boy needs to be on Kik. Not only is Kik rated Teen in the Android Play Store but its own terms of service state that no user should be under the age of 13. Let us also not forget about all the sex offenders and pedophiles that inhabit Kik’s network.