24-year-old Jeffrey Scott Vanherreweghe of Crossville, Alabama, was working with a construction crew in Huntingburg, Indiana, when he met a woman on the mobile dating app Tinder. The pair allegedly had consensual sex before Vanherreweghe (How do you even pronounce that?) became violent and raped his victim at the hotel where the crew was staying. It took his co-workers to get the key for the hotel room door for the woman to be able to make her escape. Vanherreweghe is only being held on $15,000 bond.
I hate to be the old man yelling at clouds, but back in my day, in the olden times of the internet, not only did it take a long ‘getting to know you’ process before meeting someone, even then there was a huge danger of meeting them in meat space. Now it seems that with apps like Tinder, users seem to be meeting people that day without any serious vetting process.
If I was in the dating pool today, even if I was in my 20s, I doubt I would use an app like Tinder. Not only does it seem to focus on the superficial but I imagine it attracts many of the same creeps that haunt places like the personals section of craigslist. A real relationship doesn’t begin with a swipe.
Police say that Reaves and 19-year-old Anthony Fort planned on robbing the prostitute at her hotel room after finding her on Backpage but during the robbery Reaves is said to have raped the woman. When a female security guard went to investigate the room Reaves allegedly raped her as well.
According to the women, Reaves became increasingly irate during the assaults and demanded money, saying he needed a “stack” for himself and Fort.
After apprehension Reaves wasn’t acting like such a tough guy. While in custody he wrote letters of apology to his victims claiming that…
…he “has a problem and often hears voices in his head that forces and compels him to make very bad decisions and choices.”
Again with the voices. I still have to ask why the ‘voices’ never tell someone to do charity work?
Anyway, Reaves has been charged as an adult and 18-year-old Myia Nicole Kilgore has been charged as an accomplice. Kilgore was reportedly a getaway driver for the duo.
While all this was happening Backpage was still getting paid.
22-year-old Brandon M. Kolc of Gibraltar, Michigan, is accused of raping a 15-year-old Indiana girl that he met through Facebook. According to the victim she thought Kolc was 19 and lived in Illinois. The first time they had sex the victim says it was consensual, once in a church parking lot. Then the rape was said to have occurred in front of a casket factory where Kolc allegedly raped and choked the victim after she refused to consent.
By now this shouldn’t even be an issue anymore as most parents are already on Facebook, and should know how to keep tabs on their kids. If not you’re way behind the curve, and need to educate yourself on how these things work. Know their logins, know their passwords, know their Facebook friends and inspect their devices for multiple accounts. You are the parent, you can trust your kids all you want, but do you trust the strangers out there who are looking to prey upon your kids?
24-year-old Ciera Beauchamp was the legal guardian of the 17-year-old girl she is accused of prostituting on Backpage. Beauchamp also lived with her sister, Brandi Beauchamp, and her girlfriend, Ashley Breedlove. All three women are accused of using the money the victim made to pay their own bills. Breedlove and Brandi Beauchamp even allegedly quit their jobs just so they could collect the money from the victim. The victim is also said to have contracted an STI from one of the johns.
I know I’m perpetually repeating myself, but I’ll keep banging this drum until there’s no longer a need to. This is what Backpage is defending as not only free speech but a solution to child prostitution and human trafficking. Prostituting a 17-year-old girl so leeches of society don’t have to work real jobs is neither a solution nor is it even remotely free speech.
34-year-old Joseph Coder, of Fort Wayne Indiana, has been charged with several crimes involving Snapchat, Kik, and a 12-year-old girl from New Hampshire. Police say that the victim was introduced to Coder in a group chat by one of the victim’s friends. Coder is then said to have given his cell phone number to the victims. Over the various messaging and photo sharing apps they exchanged explicit images of each other. They both claimed to be 16 online but eventually she told Coder she was 12, And Coder allegedly told the girl that he was 23. Then Coder allegedly coerced the girl to send him naked pictures of her 10-year-old sister. When Coder was said to ask for pictures of the girl’s friends, she broke the ‘relationship’ off with Coder. In an interview with police, Coder is said to have admitted that he knew the girl was 12.
According to the terms of service for apps like Kik and Snapchat, a user needs to be at least 13 years of age in order to use their services, however there is no way they can verify a users’ age. In my opinion, due to the amount of predators that inhabit both services, I would recommend not letting any child on them until they were 18. For the parents of pre-teens with cell phones, tablets, and laptops, you may want to think about securing their devices at night. You may trust your child implicitly, but can you trust the stranger on the other end of the conversation?
UPDATE 1/17/2017:Coder has pleaded guilty to vicarious sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl and felony possession of child porn. He is scheduled to be sentenced in late February.
35-year-old Timothy Gilmore, of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, has been arrested for allegedly posting child porn online of a 16-year-old girl from Fort Wayne, Indiana, but the charges don’t even come close to telling the whole story. It’s not made known in the article how Gilmore met his victim, but he allegedly used the pervert trifecta of Tumblr, Kik and Snapchat to communicate with her. According to authorities, Gilmore made the girl refer to him as ‘Master T’ while he referred to her as ‘slave’. This may indicate to some people that this was a consensual BDSM relationship, but not only did Gilmore have another woman, who the victim was made to address as Mistress, order the teen around, but Gilmore allegedly wanted the girl to live with him when she turned 18 so he could breed future sex slaves with her. The child porn charges stem from when Gilmore is said to have posted images of the girl on Tumblr. Along with Kik, Tumblr is a popular destination among child porn traders.
What is it with Missouri and guys who want sex slaves? Ok, that’s actually unfair to Missouri, but this story reminds me of Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri. He took in a 16-year-old runaway and made her his personal sex slave. He not only traded her out to his friends but he sewed her vagina shut as a punishment. Sadly, that could have been the life of Gilmore’s victim if he had his way. He may be only looking at 15 years behind bars but he deserves much more.
First off, let me say that I really don’t like using portmanteaus like ‘sextortion’ or ‘sexting’ in a headline. Unfortunately these phrases have become so commonplace I’ve no choice but to use them in order to grab someone’s attention.
Anyway, in the past I’ve posted about how online predators will try to extort children for explicit pictures of them over social media. While it’s more commonly reported with children this kind of blackmail can happen to adults too.
For example an Indiana woman was on the dating and social app Skout. She had begun chatting with a man who called himself ‘John Alani’. The man asked the woman for a nude pic and she obliged. As you can probably surmise that’s when things started going to hell. It didn’t help that she also sent him a picture of her driver’s license and social security number. In case you didn’t know by now those are two of the biggest red flags when it comes to being scammed. The man then started threatening her saying that he now had her kids’ names and threatened to have her sent to jail if she didn’t pay him over $3,000. He said that he had other women sent to jail. The victim refused and the man said that if she didn’t wire the money to Nigeria he would have her arrested for murder. Nigeria is the other big red flag when it comes to online scams since it’s the birthplace of such internet scams as the 419 scam.
While social networking apps and sites repeatedly want us to use our personal information for their gain I still say that you should be very guarded with who you choose to share that information with. You never know what you’re opening yourself up to.
29-year-old Patrick J. Davis of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is accused of allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl he met through Facebook and possibly trying to prostitute the girl on Backpage. I’ll explain the ‘possibly’ part in a minute. But first let’s see what Davis, aka Alan Davis, is said to have done after convincing the girl to run away…
On March 28, Davis picked the girl up at her residence and deactivated the girl’s Facebook account and destroyed her cellphone. Davis then took her to the house of a woman who had been involved with prostitution and had girls working for her.
That’s not terrifying at all for a 14-year-old girl except when it is, which is all the time. And just for shits and giggles I guess Davis woke the girl while she was sleeping so he could rape her in the kitchen of the house. Unfortunately, rape is a common tactic used by pimps in order to intimidate their victims to remain working for them.
Now the reason I say he possibly was looking to traffic the girl on Backpage because Davis and his cohort were allegedly going to use a prepaid credit card to place the ad, except Backpage is no longer allowed to accept any credit card payments. Makes me wonder if Davis was either behind the times or using another website. Either way this scumbag needs to be put away for a long time.
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.
30-year-old Lance Kyer of Indianapolis was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting a 10-year-old boy for sex over messaging app Kik. That’s not a typo, the kid was ten-years-old. Don’t get ahead of me just yet.
The boy’s mother had contacted police after finding explicit messages on her son’s Kik account. Police then posed as the boy in order to arrest Kyer. What happens next is the stuff of bad 80’s sitcoms…
When the investigators arrived to meet Kyer and identified himself as the police, Kyer responded, “I’m not him!” and tried to get away. He was quickly taken into custody.
Like the police would go “Ok, sorry. Enjoy your night”. That would almost be funny if we weren’t talking about a real predator here…
During the Kik exchange, the investigator maintained he was 10 years old and asked Kyer to confirm his age. Kyer said he was 30 years old. Kyer then asked when they could meet; the investigator asked Kyer what they would do if they did meet up. Kyer responded that “we can watch movies (and) maybe fool around if you like,” according to court documents.
So basically this 30-year-old man was asking a 10-year-old boy to Netflix and chill. Not only that but Kyer allegedly admitted to police that he had planned on travelling to Ohio to see another boy.
Now on to what you’re all screaming at your various screens of various size. What the hell was a 10-year-old boy doing on Kik? I’m glad that a parent was aware enough to detect what was happening but no 10-year-old needs to be on Kik especially since it’s rife with, you guessed it, sex offenders and pedophiles. You may as well just leave your kid duct taped to a school crossing sign at that point.