Are your kids in danger from predators while playing Fortnite?

Are your kids in danger from predators while playing Fortnite?

If you’re not familiar with Fortnite, it’s the most popular video game going right now. It started out as a really bad zombie survival game, then it ripped off a better game, PUBG, and became the sensation it is today. Fortnite is what’s called a battle royale game. Basically, 100 players are dropped into a map and the last surviving team or player wins. The main reason why Fortnite is eating PUBG’s lunch and why it’s so popular is that Fortnite is free to play.

Recently, a big deal was made about sexual predators being on Frotnite because, in New Jersey, a number of online predators were arrested in an online sting. It became a big deal when it was reported that some of the predators may have been grooming their victims through games like Minecraft and Fortnite. While it wasn’t reported how many of these predators were allegedly using Fortnite, since it’s the most popular game right now, Fortnite was very prevalent in most of the headlines talking about this sting.

So, that takes us back to the headline’s question. Are your kids in danger from predators while playing Fortnite? Well, yes and no. Fortnite is as about as dangerous as any other online utility that your kids use. Do I think it’s a pedophile playground like messaging app Kik? I don’t think it’s even close, but since Fortnite is where all the kids are, odds are there will be a predator here and there.

As a parent, you should treat online games just like you would social media. Know who is on your kid’s friends list. Make sure they’re not chatting with someone they don’t know in the real world. Most importantly be honest with them that not every person they may talk to on the internet has their best interest in mind.

New Jersey teacher Snapchatted student into sex

Alyssia Marie Reddy

28-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy was a teacher at a boarding school in Mercer County in New Jersey. She’s accused of allegedly using Snapchat to communicate with a 16-year-old student before having sex (child rape) with him.

In December 2016, Reddy gave the student her cell phone number and then added him on Snapchat, according to the police records. The student said in February 2017 he received messages from Reddy saying, “I want your hands on me.”

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While the age of consent in New Jersey is 16, the law states it is illegal for a person who has authority over the victim, such as a teacher, to have sex with them. So there you go.

Again to parents, check your kid’s Snapchat account and make sure your child can reasonably explain who is on their friends list. No teacher needs to be contacting a student in a way that circumvents the parents unless that child is in physical danger from one of his guardians.

Jersey couple turned out teen babysitter on Backpage

Jersey couple turned out teen babysitter on Backpage

Regn and White

19-year-old Christopher K. White and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Adria Regn, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, are accused of allegedly keeping their 17-year-old babysitter captive and making her work as a prostitute. The girl knew White and thought she would be baby sitting Regn’s kids when the victim went to the couple’s motel room. Instead, she was given meth and weed and was told she needed to work for the couple so the couple could make money.

They took explicit photos of the victim and posted them to Backpage. They are said to have forced her to have sex with up to five men a day for a four-day period. Regn told the victim if the girl didn’t make them money, it would be her fault if Regn lost her kids. White was said to have also threatened to beat her if the victim tried to leave. Any money that was made by the victim was kept by White and Regn. The victim was eventually able to escape and contact police. The pair are looking at a sentence of 20 to life for human trafficking.

Again, if you think Backpage is doing anything to protect girls like this, you’re wrong. I highly doubt the ads these two idiots placed were thoroughly reviewed by anyone at Backpage. If anything, they probably posted the ad in other places too.

That’s not even mentioning Mount Holly is a pretty small town, which shows prostitution and human trafficking have permeated all corners of our country thanks to Backpage. Backpage has made it so easy for anyone to become a pimp and all it takes is a gift card. There’s no depths the greedy heads of Backpage won’t stoop to.

Two NJ teens accused of prostituting 12- and 15-year-old on Backpage

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Mitchell and Patton

(Story broke on 5/24/2017)

19-year-olds Al-Tariq Mitchell and Daquan Patton, of Trenton, New Jersey, are accused of a number of crimes that involve child prostitution and Backpage. The pair are believed to have allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl before taking explicit pictures of her and turning her out on Backpage. They’re also accused of luring a 12-year-old girl from Facebook and turning her out on Backpage.

Don’t let the supposed closure of Backpage’s adult section fool you. It’s still business as usual, and Backpage is still making money off of these victims just like a pimp.

Garden State RSO indicted for being a Kik kreeper

Garden State RSO indicted for being a Kik kreeper

Bryan Sanderson

24-year-old Bryan Sanderson of Middletown, New Jersey, was convicted in 2013 of endangering the welfare of a child. This resulted in Sanderson being placed on the sex offender registry for life. Apparently, being on the registry did not discourage Sanderson from engaging in illicit behavior as he has been given a 24 count indictment for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met through Kik.

Police say that during their investigation that they not only found Sanderson to be in possession of child porn but that he was trying to solicit sex from 12 and 13-year-olds as well. The investigation started when Sanderson was pulled over while having a 14-year-old girl in his car. Investigators believe that there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact prosecutor’s Detective Michael Acquaviva at 732-431-7160, ext. 2233.

Anyone who wants to make an anonymous report can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.

Not only does this show that Kik is still rampant with sex offenders and pedophiles, but sex offender registries don’t do much to keep predators from re-offending. Instead they should be kept in jail longer rather than be given probation.

NJ craigslist creeper arrested for molestation while out on bail

NJ craigslist creeper arrested for molestation while out on bail

Ethan Chandler

42-year-old Ethan Chandler of Bellville, New Jersey, was arrested back in December after allegedly placing a craigslist ad looking for sex from minors. While out on bail he was arrested for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old boy that he met through social media. Investigators discovered the second crime after reviewing Chandler’s phone for evidence from the first arrest. Police believe he may have more victims and the State Attorney General is asking anyone to come forward if they have any information.

“We have information that we allege is suggestive of there being yet another victim, so the case is still being investigated although charges have already been lodged,” State Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.

“We are actively seeking additional tips and leads with respect to this particular defendant.”

“If people have any information about this individual, authorities are asking that they call our tip-line at 888-648-6007.”

Another fine example of the type of people using craigslist while they turn a blind eye to such activity happening on their own website. Even Backpage had moderators, even though they were allegedly checking for the wrong things.

Self-proclaimed pedophile says crimes were ‘civil disobedience’

Self-proclaimed pedophile says crimes were 'civil disobedience'

Gary Wolchesky

Seven years ago, I originally posted about then 21-year-old Gary Wolchesky here. In 2009, he was arrested for using Xbox Live to convince children to record themselves performing sexual acts for Wolchesky’s own pleasure. He then went on YouTube to brag about his exploits. I never thought I would be posting about him again, but yesterday, I received a slew of traffic from people looking for information about Wolchesky.

Yesterday, the suspect from Middletown, New Jersey, was found guilty on several charges of child sex abuse. However, his defense was as brazen as his YouTube videos were.

During his trial Wolchesky, a self-proclaimed pedophile, said he never asked the boys to penetrate themselves and that the boys all consented to the other acts. He also framed his conduct as acts of civil disobedience meant to “advance the cause of pedophilia,” authorities said.

Every once in a while a story comes out about a ‘pedophile activist’. You can read about another one here. They try to compare themselves to the LGBT community and the struggle they’ve undergone for equal rights. The comparison quickly falls flat when you realize that the LGBT community isn’t try to advance the ’cause’ of raping children.

Wolchesky will be looking at a sentence of 60 years when he is sentenced in March.

UPDATE 5/5/2017: Last week Wolchesky was sentenced to 46 years behind bars. He must serve a little over 32 years before he’ll be eligible for parole.

Sex offender spits blood at victim during sentencing

Sex offender spits blood at victim during sentencing

Clifford W. Wares

I’ve inadvertently posted about Clifford W. Wares of Warwick, New York, before. The first was in 2009 when he was arrested for allegedly sending obscene material to an underage girl on MySpace. The second time was in 2013 when he was arrested in a ‘primitive encampment’ in New York where he was allegedly using Facebook to extort underage girls into having sex with him. As I have mentioned in the past, in this and many other instances the term ‘having sex’ should actually be called child rape, but I digress. When I posted the second story I was unaware that I had posted about Wares before.

Ware was recently in the news again when he was sentenced in federal court to life behind bars for, as NJ.com puts it, six counts including interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct, production of child pornography, online enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and making interstate extortionate threats.

While the fact that a scumbag like Ware was sentenced to life should be newsworthy, that’s not exactly why he grabbed headlines. After one of his victims gave her impact statement Ware actually spat blood at her. This was a girl who was 13 when Ware threatened her when she refused to engage in bestiality for him. It didn’t end there either…

When court resumed, Wares observed the proceedings via closed-circuit camera in a holding cell, wearing a clear mask. Even under those circumstances, Wares was defiant, promising vengeance.

“It’s not hard to get out, and when I do, oh, there’s going to be problems,” he said.

Wares also pointed a middle finger at the camera after he completed his statement.

I feel so bad for his victim having to deal with this psychopath again like that but I admire her courage for being able to stand up to that monster so he could be put away forever.

Unfortunately, I doubt that this will be the last we hear from Wares. I don’t think he’ll ever see daylight again but I can imagine the appeals process that he’ll use to his advantage to further threaten and terrify.

A corral of Kik kreepers

 Andre Martez Straughn

Andre Martez Straughn

39-year-old Andre Martez Straughn of Milton, Florida, was allegedly caught with over 50,000 child porn images, many of which were said to have been traded on Kik.

UPDATE 6/11/2016: Straughn has pleaded guilty to child porn charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced in August.
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Indiana man indicted for assaulting NJ girl he met on Omegle

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Joshua Elkins

32-year-old Joshua Elkins, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was recently indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a then 15-year-old girl from Bergen County, New Jersey, that he met on the video chat site Omegle. Elkins was arrested back in 2013 after making the ten-hour drive from Indiana to New Jersey.

Elkins is also a registered sex offender from a previous conviction of sexual misconduct with a minor.

As I’ve stated previously one of the main problems with Omegle is that all you need to access it is any camera enabled device and an internet connection. That means phones, tablets and computers can all be used to log on to Omegle. To their credit Omegle does report some of the offenders they find to law enforcement but for the most part it’s up to the parents of these kids to make sure they’re not allowing these sexual predators into their lives.