43-year-old Michael Loren Ross was an elementary teacher in Davenport, Iowa. That was before he was arrested for allegedly trading child porn on mobile messaging app Kik. He’s not believed to have had sexual contact with any of his students. He did reportedly say that he only had the child porn for personal viewing only. In case there was any question in your mind, that doesn’t make it any better. Nothing ever makes viewing child porn excusable.
19-year-old Evan Anderson Berkland, of Ankeny, Iowa, is accused of using Snapchat to lure an 11-year-old girl into sex. Berkland allegedly used the photo sharing app to lure the girl to a local gym where they ‘had sex’ in the gym’s bathroom. Again, if you’re new here, I call that child rape. No 11-year-old, no matter how mature they may seem, has any concept of the ramifications that an actual sexual relationship entails. Berkland is also accused of sending the girl an explicit image of himself and requested the girl reciprocate.
How many times do I have to say it? No one under 13 needs to be on Snapchat, and even if they’re 13 or over parents still need to check to see who their children are talking with through these apps. For all we know this miscreant could have abducted her since he was reportedly able to get her into a gym’s bathroom. Again, you may trust your child, but do you trust every stranger on the internet they’re talking to?
Messaging his victim through Kik he allegedly convinced the girl to sneak out of the house. Then Ward drove his victim to a park in Carlisle, Iowa.
The victim told Ward “I don’t want to do this,” according to police records.
Ward locked the doors to the vehicle, tore the victim’s pants off by breaking the zipper and “then forced sexual intercourse on the victim,” according to reports.
To the kids on Kik, treat your user ID like your cell phone number. You wouldn’t give it out to just anybody would you?
Also to the parents of kids, as I’ve said before know what apps your kids are using, know who their friends on their friends list are, and most importantly educate yourself on how to check the phone and block any unwanted apps, Google is your friend. If you don’t learn the tricks guys like this could be potentially targeting your kids.
Police in Des Moines, Iowa discovered that a 16-year-old runaway girl from Oregon was allegedly being pimped out on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. Arrested for this act was 22-year-old Atlantis Carter of Waukegan, Illinois and 24-year-old Erika Hart of Honolulu, Hawaii.
While I’m glad that a 16-year-old girl was hopefully rescued from this kind of life I don’t believe she should have been arrested. She is a victim in all this, she is not a criminal.
As an aside I’m sure Backpage’s mouthpiece Liz McDougall is horrified about this as she cashes her huge paychecks from VVM.
Police in Des Moines, Iowa have arrested 25-year-old Maria Jansen for allegedly running a prostitution ring on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
As I’m sure you can guess the twist in this story is that police have arrested an alleged female trafficker. It’s a rare occurrence on this site but it dies happen. While female traffickers may be a different stripe of pimp we should refer to them as pimps and not the more romanticized term of madam. They still use similar tactics that are employed by their male counterparts…
“We identified a person who preys on people who are at a bad time in their life,” said Sgt. Chris Scott. “It might be financial issues, it could be other issues and they’re on the edge.”
Just like male pimps female pimps will take advantage of someone’s downfall to sell them into sexual slavery.
Jansen is looking at 15 years behind bars if convicted. Unfortunately due to her gender she would probably serve even less time than the males of her criminal ilk do.
Meanwhile Backpage just continues to count their money they make off of sexual slavery.
52-year-old James Leonard Wood was arrested by federal agents for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old over craigslist. However like in a lot of these stories the 14-year-old girl was a US Postal Inspector.
No word on who placed the ad on craigslist but investigators say Wood was arrested while trying to meet the ‘girl’ at the Johnston post office. Investigators say that Wood had sent the girl several explicit messages and had condoms on him when he was arrested. Wood also allegedly claimed that he was planning on having sex with the girl.
Luckily the girl was a federal agent instead of an actual girl who could have been a victim of a potential child rapist. Just think of how many of these situations go on at craigslist since the site is still unmoderated and its users could care less about flagging potentially dangerous ads in the personals and casual encounters section.
Agents of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force stormed a Des Moines gas station in order to arrest 53-year-old John Harryman of Norwalk, Iowa.
It seems that Harryman placed an ad on craigslist advertising his sexual services. Agents posing as a 14-year-old girl responded to Harryman’s ad.
Harryman allegedly sent the ‘girl’ explicit photos of himself and lingerie with instructions to keep the items away from her mother.
The agents set up a rendezvous at the gas station in order to arrest Harryman.
Again the article doesn’t say what the ad specifically said but from what I can discern it probably was fishing for underage girls. Which means that the ad was probably posted in the casual encounters section. So with the removal of the adult services section it seems that the pedophiles are now the leading criminal class on craigslist. Like I’ve said craigslist is far from clean. As long as the casual encounters section remains unmoderated at worst and removed at best there will be more of these stories.
25-year-old Garrett Drew Roegner of Plymouth, Iowa pleaded guilty to charges of extortion and child porn. It seems that Roegner had pics of him and his ex-girlfriend having sex when he was 19 and she was 17. The sex is legal but the pics are not. Bitch all you want, that’s the law.
Roegner threatened the woman over MySpace that he would reveal the pics if she didn’t meet with him.
He’s looking at 22 years but we’d be lucky if he got 22 months.