Tag Archive: MySpace

FBI seeking 241 victims of MySpace/Stickam predator

Lucas Michael Chansler

Lucas Michael Chansler

31-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, formerly of St. John’s, Florida, is spending 105 years in prison on child porn charges after pleading guilty in 2014. Chanlser would pose as a 15-year-old on MySpace, Stickam, and AIM to solicit underage girls for explicit pictures. Once he started getting pictures from the victim he would extort them into giving him more by threatening to post them online or send them to the victim’s friend. All told, federal investigators say that Chansler had 350 victims. So far only 109 of his victims have been identified and the FBI is still searching for the other 241 victims. The feds also say that pictures of 49 of his victims are still being traded among pedophiles today. This article has a list of many of the usernames he used on the various platforms.

For those of you who may not remember, Stickam was a video chat site that was constantly embroiled in controversy. The website shut down for good in early 2013.

Additional details about this story and tips on how to avoid this kind of extortion can be found at the FBI website.

We Get Letters: F*CK YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

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I received the following e-mail last night. I bring it to you in its unedited form…

FUCK YOUR SITE, FUCK YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, BECAUSE YOUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WILL SOON BE CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME AND YOU WILL BE FORCED TO REMOVE YOUR WEBSITE AND FACE CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR IT. FUCK YOU AND YOUR BIAS BULLSHIT. ROT IN HELL YOU PIECE OF WORTHLESS STUCK AT HOME FAT ASS

FUCK OFF!!!!!

As Connor said in Boondock Saints “Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.” Not to mention…

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This e-mail is from someone I posted about many years ago who may or may not have touched an underage girl they met on MySpace. That’s how old the post is.

If I would have been asked nicely I would have had no problem removing the post since they served their time. I still might if asked nicely. However let’s clear some things up. As I keep saying I’m not a journalist so this is freedom of speech not freedom of press and the only time my freedom of speech may be considered a hate crime is if registered sex offenders become a protected class.

Lastly and most importantly it ain’t my fault you got arrested. So how about you man up and show some responsibility?

Michael Jacques to serve time in sex offender friendly prison

Michael Jacques

Michael Jacques

There’s only been one winner in the case of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett and her killer and uncle Michael Jacques. It’s definitely not Brooke after being kidnapped, raped and killed by Jacques, a sex offender who was released early after completing a ‘program’. It’s not Jacques either as he’s going to do a life sentence in federal prison. No, the only winner here is Jacques’ anti-death penalty defense attorney David Ruhnke.

Runhke not only held up the trial for years with his anti-death penalty arguments but he got the federal prosecutors and Jacques to agree to a life sentence plea. Now he’s even topped himself by getting a federal judge to agree to send Jacques to a prison in Tucson, Arizona, that has a prison population of 65% sex offenders. Your tax dollars at work. The point being that in any other prison Jacques would be a target by other non-child rapist prisoners.

Once again the rights of the criminal have become more important than the rights of the victim, or justice for that matter.

Michael Jacques finally sentenced for the brutal murder of Brooke Bennett

Family confronts Jacques as killer sentenced to life:

Michael Jacques

Michael Jacques

It’s been six long years since Michael Jacques brutally raped and murdered his 12-year-old niece, Brooke Bennett. While it hasn’t come to the conclusion I would have hoped it has finally come to a conclusion. After being called a coward by Brooke’s mother when she gave her impact statement to the court Jacques was sentenced to life in prison plus 70 years with no possibility of parole. While Vermont has no death penalty Jacques was looking at a federal death penalty since he used MySpace and the internet to lure Brooke to her death. Last August Jacques pleaded guilty in a move which saw him spared the death penalty.

In a statement at his sentencing Jacques said he was sorry and ashamed. Probably only sorry and ashamed that he got caught.

Jacques was also a registered sex offender who was released early for completing a ‘program’.

Brooke Bennett

Brooke Bennett

Maybe Brooke’s spirit can finally get some peace.

Scott Shefelbine appeal for new trial denied again

Tolland Sex Offender Loses Appeal:

Scott Shefelbine

Scott Shefelbine

The most prolific sex offender in the MySpace era, in my opinion, is back in the news again. Scott Shefelbine was arrested over a dozen times for charges relating to MySpace and underage girls. I think you can connect the dots. Each time his parents would pst his bail including putting up their home and business. Eventually a judge got smart to Shefelbine’s habit and revoked his bond.

Back in 2008 Shelfelbine entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 20 years back in 2008. Since that time he’s been trying to have his guilty plea withdrawn. He had an appeal for new trial rejected once before in 2012. 2014 was no different as Shefelbine had his appeal new trial rejected once more.

Considering this is a guy who would search for new victims even after he was arrested he should consider himself lucky that he got a 20 year plea deal. Come on Scoot, you only have 14 years left. Stick it out like trooper won’t you?

Back in the day I was hoping he would have gone to trial because he was looking at a life sentence.

RSO graduates from MySpace molester to MeetMe molester

Man Suspected of Having Sex with Redondo Beach Teen:

Hugo Gonzalez

Hugo Gonzalez

We have a repeat customer on our hands today. Back in 2011 Hugo Galindo Gonzalez pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge of using the Internet to transmit information about a minor. Although what really happened is that he allegedly had sex (child rape) with a 14-year-girl he met on MySpace. Apparently Gonzalez didn’t get the 5 years he was looking at in his plea deal. It did however land him on the sex offender registry.

Recently the 27-year-old Gozalez was arrested in Redondo Beach, California, for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl that he met on MeetMe, the trashy heir apparent to MySpace. He also used messaging app Kik to stay in contract with the girl.

Police believe that he may have more victims…

Based on the nature of the crimes committed by Gonzalez, Redondo Beach Police Detectives are seeking any further persons who might have been victims of Gonzalez to please contact the Redondo Beach Police Department – Investigations Division – Det. Clint Daniel, 310-379-2477 ext. 2480 or email at clint.daniel@redondo.org.

Note to prosecutors, how about keeping him in jail this time? Just being on the registry obviously didn’t work.

UPDATE 7/13/2014: Gonzalez pleaded no contest to the latest charges and was sentenced to 3 years and eight moths. He’ll be back I’m sure.

NC man gets 50 years for MySpace rape

Statutory rape conviction gets man 50 years in prison:

Steven Lee Odom

Steven Lee Odom

Don’t worry folks. The crime took place in 2009. No one uses MySpace anymore.

Anyway, 26-year-old Steven Lee Odom was sentenced in a Rowan County, North Carolina, court recently to a minimum of 50 years for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl when Odom was 21. Creepily, Odom lived across the street from the girl and would watch her get off the school bus. He then began messaging the girl through MySpace and Facebook. That led to Odom having sex (child rape) with the girl.

So why such a long sentence? At the time of the crime Odom was already a registered sex offender. Odom had pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child in neighboring Stanly County. He only received probation for those charges.

A re-offending sex offender? I’m shocked and amazed since they usually tend to be such trustworthy people said no one ever.

Oh well, see you in 2064 if you’re lucky.

Justice still being sought for Chanel Petro-Nixon

Mom seeks justice for slain honor student found in garbage bag:

Chanel Petro-NIxon

Chanel Petro-NIxon

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 8 years since the murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon of Brooklyn. In June of 2006 Chanel’s body was found in a garbage bag after having been strangled to death. At that time of her death police were looking into Chanel’s MySpace account for any possible clues. Since that time no one has been arrested for her murder.

The article I linked to does mention something that I had not had heard about until now. Police do have a person of interest in Chanel’s murder. On the day of Chanel’s disappearance she was supposed to meet a boy. When questioned the boy said that Chanel stood her up. That boy is now in prison for violating a restraining order taken out by a former girlfriend. He was also charged twice with rape but was acquitted both times. To me that sounds a lot like where there’s smoke there’s fire but police have not been able to physically connect him to the crime. That’s why police say they need the public’s help.

The Mayor’s office, NYPD, and Crime Stoppers have joined forces to offer a $22,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. The number to dial with a tip is 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls are treated confidentially.

“There are people that have information,” Detective Scandole told PIX 11. “And they may believe that information is not important and it may seem inconsequential. But to us, it could be the one thing that ties it together. It’s like we’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle and we’re missing that one piece.”

I pray that the Nixon family will find justice and peace very soon.

It’s been seven years since the cyberbullying death of Megan Meier

Tina Meier Reflects On Seventh Anniversary Of Daughter’s Suicide, Cyberbullying Prevention Efforts:

Megan Meier

Megan Meier

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since the tragic suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier. For those of you who may not know the story Megan committed suicide after being cyberbullied on MySpace by her neighbor. When I say neighbor I don’t mean another 13-year-old girl but someone who was supposed to be considered an adult, Lori Drew was a woman in her late 40s who had a teenage associate create a fake MySpace profile of a boy named Josh Evans that feigned a liking to Megan. After some time the imaginary Josh Evans started sending demoralizing and disparaging messages which caused Megan to kill herself. Lori Drew never spent a day in jail. Megan’s death was supposed to at least signify a change in our society that should have gone a long way to end cyberbullying. Unfortunately that has not happened.

How many kids have taken their own lives in the last seven years, and in that seven years how many times have the tormentors act like they’ve done nothing wrong? Not to mention the fact that the parents of these little scumbags usually defend them. Therein lies the problems. Much like Lori Drew never felt she did anything wrong when one of their family is being blamed in someone’s death the adults try to deflect blame from their demon spawn crotchfruit as well. How can we do anything about kids cyberbullyoing each other when the idiot parents allow it?

Megan would have been 20-years-old. She could have been worrying about college classes or already a couple of years into a career. She could have been engaged to a sweet man who helped her through a difficult time. Instead she’s just another statistic while her tormentor is living a life without regret and freedom. As long as there are ignorant pieces of trash out there that are willing to allow their children to engage in such behavior the body count will continue to increase.

Serial MySpace rapist gets longer sentence

Jason Ara Erpinar

Jason Ara Erpinar

Man Gets 24 Years in Prison for Myspace Rapes:

The tale of Douchebag Ed Grimley, aka 24-year-old Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda, California, is a long and twisted one.

Back in 2009 a then 20-year-old Erpinar was arrested for raping three women, two of whom he met through MySpace. In 2011 he entered into a plea deal which only saw him get 15 years behind bars. At the time I called the sentence a joke. Since then Erpinar rejected the plea deal, went to trial in 2012 and was convicted.

Erpinar’s gamble didn’t pay off as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bras instead of the original 15. I still think it’s a little light since it’s now 8 years per rape but 24 years feels a little more substantial.

I hope he still has that haircut while in prison.