Anuj and Leslie Chopra, 41 and 42 respectively of Jamestown Township, Michigan, are accused of trying to lure teen friends of their 16-year-old daughter into sex. Mr. Chopra is accused of allegedly offering 16 and 17-year-old boys to perform sex acts for money while Chopra would record the acts. Mrs. Chopra is accused of allegedly sending explicit pictures to the 16-year-old boy through Snapchat in order to get the boy into bed.
According to Wikiepdia, the age of consent in Michigan is 16 unless one is an authority figure, then it’s 18. It could be argued that a friend’s parent is somewhat of an authority figure, however, the point is moot since Mr. Chopra allegedly offered money to the teens. Because of the money the charge becomes human trafficking.
It always amazes me when a romantically involved couple agree on such a horrible idea. I always wonder how that conversation gets started. “Hey honey, you know what would make our marriage even better? If I recorded you getting tag-teamed by two underage boys?” With her replying “I know just the way to do it to, I’ll send porn to one of our daughter’s friends on Snapchat.””BRILLIANT!”
It used to be, back in the day, that parents had each others backs, now you can’t even trust them.
67-year-old Richard Knider Jackson of Detroit is accused of prostituting women and at least two underage girls on Backpage. Jackson would allegedly get his victims hooked on heroin then turned them out on both the streets and Backpage. Police say that Jackson kept a locked iron gate on the second floor to keep his victims from escaping and others were kept captive in the basement. He also allegedly beat his victims and kept all their money. His victims are said to have included a 31-year-old woman, two 21-year-old women, and two underage girls ages 15 and 16. One of the adult victims was able to allow the two underage victims to escape. The two girls were still missing at the time that this story broke.
The FBI is currently looking for the two juveniles who escaped from the house. Anyone with information about the two juveniles or about Jackson’s sex trafficking operation is asked to call the FBI at 313-965-2323.
With the eventual dismissal of pimping charges against the operators of backpage, this will not only create more monsters like Jackson but it will embolden them as well. Nothing about this story is ‘right’ on any level. Backpage is not making it safer for prostitutes, there is no consenting in this story and some of the victims are not adults. But please keep telling me how a man building a prison in his house for women and girls, beating them regularly and getting them hooked on drugs so they could be raped by strangers is considered free speech.
55-year-old Richard Russel Farley, of Traverse City, Michigan, is accused of allegedly being in possession of over 1400 child porn images. Investigators were tipped off to the alleged actions of Farley by microblogging site Tumblr after they had intercepted some of the images and reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Police say that the pictures had GPS information on them which they say led them to Farley.
For some reason, Farley felt the need to tell police that he “likes to dress up in a butterfly patterned ‘onesie’ and wear adult sized diapers.” Try to keep that image out of your head when you go to sleep tonight.
The other disturbing things about this crime are that not only is Tumblr used mostly by underage kids but as the 9 & 10 News article mentions, each time one of these images are viewed or shared it’s like committing another crime against the victims.
I almost forgot to mention that Farley is currently out on bond. Sleep well Michigan.
Former Central Michigan University Student Brendan Andrew Baia, 19, was recently arrested for allegedly exchanging explicit Snapchats with a 12-year-old girl. Baia has left the school after the criminal charges were levied against him. Even at the young age of 19, Baia seems to hit all the stereotypical online predator tropes.
He is said to have referred to this victim as ‘little girl’ and made the girl address him as ‘daddy’. When confronted by the girl’s mother, he said that he thought the victim was ‘turning 16 soon’. When the girl’s mother accused him of preying on other girls he had quite the unusual response…
“Now I’m petrified to think about the things I thought were pleasurable before and that’s how it should be.”
Lastly, he told police that his explicit exchanges with the girl were “only fantasy”. If he had said they were only going to ‘hang out’ we would have had online predator Bingo.
Even if the victim was about to turn 16, that would mean that not only would she be under the age of consent in Michigan, but the explicit images he received from her would still be child porn.
I have to commend the girl’s mother. After the girl started appearing depressed, she had the presence of mind to check the girl’s phone where she found evidence of the Snapchat exchanges between her daughter and Baia. However, parents need to be reminded that no matter how cute the Snapchat filters are, it’s not really a place for unsupervised children due to the messaging feature and the perceived notion that the messages and pictures disappear.
49-year-old Todd Terry, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, was recently shot and killed after responding to a craigslist ad in nearby Inkster. The article and corresponding video doesn’t specify what the ad was for, but since the article makes reference to the fact that Mr. Terry liked to restore bicycles and mopeds It was more than likely for one of those. Tragically there was no moped or bike to be bought as Mr. Terry’s family have indicated that he was killed just for the money he was carrying.
A suspect by the name of Tremayne Alexander has been charged with Mr. Terry’s murder and is allegedly responsible for two other similar crimes in the area.
Todd Terry’s widow is urging others to forgo craigslist…
“They’re creating something that’s not in existence for you to come and bring what? $100? $50? With the plans to kill you. So I tell people to run from it. Don’t even look at it. Don’t even open it up. I wish Craigslist was shut down,” Yvette Terry said.
As I’ve said in the past, due to craigslist’s low threshold of entry, anyone can post an ad saying just about anything they want. This lack of oversight by craigslist has not only led to numerous scams and robberies, but has also led to a multitude of rapes and murders. Craigslist has become nothing but a trap, luring in an overabundance of victims.
Mr. Terry also left behind two sons ages 16 and 13, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account. By all accounts Mr. Terry was a great man. Please donate if you can.
24 year-old Randy Montante, of Dearborn, Michigan has been charged with allegedly soliciting and receiving explicit images from a 13-year-old girl over the mobile messaging app Kik. He is also accused of having the girl appear naked over video chat client Skype. Montante was said to have the oh so original Kik username of ‘doimakeyourandy’. The vicitm originally told Montante that she was 18 but then revealed her true age but Montante was said to persist.
The victim lived in New Jersey where the mother discovered the messages between Montante and her daughter and contacted local police. Police took over the girl’s account and again brought up the matter of the girl’s age. Montante was said to reply with the age-old creeper credo…
“A good friend of mine said if you like someone, and it’s real, age doesn’t matter.”
It never does to predators. Neither does the safety, well-being nor the resulting mental damage to their victims.
Back in February, 24-year-old Jared Andrew Fox was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl that he met through social network and dating app MeetMe. As is with a large number of these cases Fox was posing as a 14-year-old boy and reportedly convinced his victim to let him come to her house where he raped her.
“Fox has been engaged in large scale distribution of child pornography,” Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Sherman said in the email. “He has been engaged in a minimum of sending or receiving 383 images and videos of children, some under 5 years old being sexually assaulted by adults and/or other children.”
This discovery was sparked by the initial investigation into Fox’s computers, however Fox was out on bond during this time. He’s now being held on $100K bond. Why is it that suspects who have committed actual child rape are treated less dangerously than people who trade child porn. I’m not trying to defend one or the other but it seems to me that a child rapist should be considered more of a danger than a child porn trader. Rape is one of the most violent and violating acts that someone can commit and when it comes to raping a child it’s doubly as abhorrent. At least make the bonds and sentences equal to that of child pornographers.
I’m curious to know how he was able to obtain his victim’s Snapchat name. No kid should be giving out their Snapchat accounts to any adult who’s not a family member. Also I have to ask again why is it that Snapchat seems to be so prevalent among teachers/coaches who feel the need to sexually prey on their students? I mean outside of the fact that it attempts to circumvent parental notice.
Recently in Detroit authorities have been looking for a suspect who allegedly targeted an 11-year-old girl on mobile messaging app Kik among other possible victims. Instead of letting police do their job one member of a victim’s family allegedly took it upon themselves to hit a 19-year-old male with their car who they thought was the suspect. Detroit police say the man had nothing to do with the crime but that didn’t stop an actual mob from forming and ending up with a man being literally hit by a moving vehicle. Even if this man had happened to be the suspect this act would have more than likely damaged any kind of prosecution against him. Now as it stands members of the initial victim’s family could be facing criminal charges. Vigilantes are only cool in comic books and on TV, leave their actions there.
No word on if this man was first wrongly blamed on Facebook but I wouldn’t doubt it.
Police in Madison Heights, Michigan allege that 19-year-old Christopher Charles-Ruben King killed 59-year-old Fernando Gonzales on Halloween night. Gonzalez is said to have placed an ad on craigslist looking for a date. Sometime during the night King allegedly strangled Gonzales to death before setting fire to his house and stealing his car.
Again I don’t care what your sexual orientation is, but if you’re using craigslist for hook-ups or one night stands you’re inviting a world of trouble on yourself. Craigslist is rife with criminal activity and is no longer the friendly communal neighborhood site that it was roughly two decades ago.