(Story broke 6/6/2017)
37-year-old Chief Petty Officer Scott Lee Penny, of Norfolk, Virginia, is accused of allegedly soliciting a 13-year-old girl for explicit pictures on mobile messaging app Kik. While using the alias Mike Smith and the oh so tasteful screen name of ‘girthforu69’, Penny was actually conversing with a Homeland Security Agent. During the conversations, Penny is said to have admitted having asked at least one other minor for pictures…
U/C – Girls my age actually send naked photos?
PENNY – Right before I started talking to you I was talking to a 14 yo, she sent lots ofpics
U/C – No way!
U/C -1 don’t believe it
PENNY – She was not shy at all
PENNY – She definitely liked to playand show offher body
U/C – I don’t believe you
PENNY – Ok, you don’t have to. It doesn’t mean it’s not true. I have no reason to lie
PENNY – I’m so homy baby
U/C – Yea?
PENNY-Yes U/C – (blushing emoticon)
I feel like I need to bleach my clipboard after copying and pasting that.
As I continue to drone on about, Kik is a minefield of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. While you may have a handle on your kids online behavior, other parents may not. If you know someone who might not be as tech savvy as you and has kids with mobile devices like phones and tablets, please share this website with them.
UPDATE 7/5/2017: Penny has entered a not guilty plea.
UPDATE 12/5/2017: After pleading guilty in August to federal charges of sending obscene materials to a minor, Penny was sentenced to only three years on prison and three years of parole. He must also register as a sex offender.