Social media crime blotter 12/10/2017

Social media crime blotter

Local parent says he discovered teens using Snapchat to buy and sell drugs:
(Bixby, Oklahoma)

Man sentenced for enticing children through app:
40-year-old Aaron Anthony of Idaho Falls sentenced to 2-10 for trying to solicit underage girls through Kik.

A pricey mistake: How to avoid accidental in-app purchases:
Parent lets kid run wild unsupervised on Musical.ly and ends up with a $1000 bill for in-app purchases.

New Jersey man charged with solicitation of a minor:
36-year-old Julio DeJesus of Jersey City, NJ, was arrested for allegedly having explicit conversations with a 15-year-old girl from Tallahassee, Florida, on Facebook, Kik, and Instagram.

Orland Park Man Accused of Selling Pot on Snapchat:
Illinois. Even where it’s legal, it’s still illegal to sell it online.

Two 10-year-old girls solicited over Musical.ly

Two 10-year-old girls solicited over Musical.ly

This is a story from back in October that has been ongoing since March.

38-year-old Bryan Leslie Pringle of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, has been charged with allegedly soliciting two 10-year-old girls from St. Paul, Minnesota, over the music and video sharing app Musical.ly.

The girls say Pringle would ask them to send him nude pictures of themselves and videos at least five times over several days.

The girls say they sent some pictures.

The victims say Pringle told them he wanted to meet them at a hotel and have sex with them.

I’ve never seen an app used to try to groom kids this young. Even during the MySpace heydays I wasn’t posting stories about 6-10-year-old kids being preyed upon. This is not an app to let your child be using unattended.

8-year-old allegedly solicited for explicit pics on Musical.ly

8-year-old allegedly solicited for explicit pics on Musical.ly

This story is a month old but I’m posting it anyway because it shows a continuing and disturbing trend.

In Centreville, Utah, an 8-year-old girl was allegedly solicited for explicit pics on the music sharing app Musical.ly. Musical.ly is a social app where you can share short videos set to music. Users can also message each other through the app.

According to Centerville police, an online predator tried coercing an 8-year-old girl on the app into taking her clothes off…

At first, the person asked the young girl for a picture of her face, then asked for one of her clothed body. And later, the person asked for a picture of “her stomach a little,” according to the warrant.

The person kept asking for more pictures, revealing a little more each time until the person eventually requested nude photos. The unknown person “sent 14 consecutive messages asking (the girl) to send a picture,” the warrant states.

“Pull your pants down like I asked u to do,” and “take it off now,” were among the messages sent, the warrant states. “Its just between me and nobody will see. plzs trust me. plzs I’m crying again.”

When the girl refused the predator tried extorting the 8-year-old girl into sending explicit pics by threatening to post their conversation publicly on the app.

At the time the article was posted, no arrest had been made.

BUT WHY ARE PARENTS ALLOWING KIDS THIS YOUNG ON A SOCIAL APP BY THEMSELVES??? This isn’t our first story about this happening on Musical.ly. The past victims were 6 and 7 years old. No child this young should ever be allowed on any social app unsupervised and in reality, shouldn’t be allowed on this app at all. Musical.ly isn’t supposed to be used by anyone under the age of 13 according to their terms of service.

If you’re letting your kids use Musical.ly on their own, you’re basically opening a window for predators to come into your home.

Father catches creep asking his 7-year-old daughter for pics on Musical.ly

Father catches creep asking his 7-year-old daughter for pics on Musical.ly

A story has been making the rounds about an Illinois man who let his 7-year-old daughter use the music sharing app Musical.ly. While his daughter was using the app she was solicited by an unknown man who asked her to take pictures of herself with her shirt off. Thankfully, the girl was a smart cookie and showed the messages to her dad. The dad did contact police but he also shared screenshots of the messages, which you can view here if you really want.

Normally, I would jump all over a man who let his 7-year-old daughter use any kind of social app, however, the man says he has learned his lesson.

“I know many will blame us parents for this happening” Summer says in his Facebook post. “But we never thought like predators and I guess we were naive in thinking that our daughter was safe on what we thought to be a kid friendly app. We have learned the hard way. I ask that you not judge us (many still will) but let our experience teach us all.”

Luckily no harm came to this man’s daughter, but his former passive outlook about social apps is shared by too many parents. Too many people would rather just hand their young children their phone or tablet and let them run wild. The advent of the internet along with its ease of access has emboldened these predators to stoop to unprecedented lengths to target your children.

California man charged with soliciting 6-year-old over Musical.ly

California man charged with soliciting 6-year-old over Musical.ly

(Story broke 6/3/2017)

We’ll get to the obvious question in due time, but first the facts.

Musical.ly is a social app where people can share videos of themselves, livestream and message each other. 25-year-old Jacob Eric Blanco, of Fresno, California, is accused of allegedly using Musical.ly and Kik, of course, to solicit girls under 12 to send him explicit images of themselves. Blanco was brought to the attention of law enforcement by a family from New York whose 6-year-old daughter was reportedly solicited by Blanco. Blanco is looking at a maximum sentence of 30 years for each count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Law enforcement are said to be looking for additional victims.

So I checked Musical.ly’s terms of service and you have to be at least 13-years-old to use the app. While it’s fortunate the incident led to Blanco’s arrest, why in the blue hell was a 6-year-old allowed to be on Musical.ly? Have these people never been on the internet? Were they Amish people who left that practice behind and this was their first day in the pagan world?

No child needs to be left to roam freely online without parental supervision, especially a 6-year-old girl. There’s too many cretins like Blanco running wild online to leave your young children unattended on any internet connected device.