Out of all the stories I’ve posted about mobile messaging app Kik, this may be the worst one yet. Even if you didn’t need another reason to keep your kids from using the app, you’re getting one anyway.
A 14-year-old Indiana girl went missing after allegedly meeting 21-year-old Ian Smith Buti, from Derby, Kansas. Investigators say Buti then took the girl to a Cincinnati suburb and left her with two other men before returning to Kansas. The two men are 25-year-old Eric Ho and 27-year-old Bryan Otero. Ho is accused of allegedly raping the girl while Otero has been charged as an accomplice.
What in the blue hell is going on in this country when one man preys on a 14-year-old girl online and then drops her off with two potential rapists before driving home like it was no big deal, like he just delivered a pizza or something. Buti has been charged with child porn offenses so God only knows if this was some kind of child porn ring or network. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since we all know, wait for it, Kik is a veritable cornucopia of sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors.
What’s that you say? You say you have the perfect family and you trust your kids online? You think your kids are too smart to fall for something like this? Yeah, about that…
Her family said it was very out of character for the young honor student to disappear without a word, with some relatives saying early in the investigation that they believed she had been abducted by a man she met online.
“In all her school years she’s done very well,” her uncle said. “This is a good student. Something totally unexpected. Not in her character at all.”
The reason they’re called predators is because they’ll find the perfect way to prey upon your children. Even if your kid is in line to be the next Stephen Hawking, predators like this will find whatever they need from your kids to convince them to run off. If I was still a parent of teenagers there would be no way I would allow this app to be installed on their devices.
The media loves to publish stories about people who found their stolen possessions on craigslist and confronted the person who stole them. I always thought that this was irresponsible of the media as I knew it would eventually lead to something like this.
63-year-old William Knight, of Akron, Ohio, is said to have found his son-in-law’s stolen dirt bike, worth $4000, being sold on craigslist. The bike had been stolen a year earlier. Knight and his family reported the ad to police who said they would go with Knight to approach the seller. Police then had to respond to another call, but Knight and his family went anyway.
Knight is said to have shot and killed 24-year-old Keith Johnson who was selling the bike. Knight claims the shooting was in self-defense, but reports make it sound like that Johnson was fleeing the scene rather than attacking Knight.
“I had to,” Knight said, alleging that Johnson had tried to flee and that he could have hurt his family members.
Knight told dispatchers his son-in-law tried to hold on to the bike to prevent Johnson from riding away. He said he fired his gun to protect his family and himself, and that he thought he hit Johnson in the chest.
Johnson was not the man who had stolen the bike. Relatives say that Johnson had bought the bike from someone else last year. Knight has only been charged with involuntary manslaughter which has set off tensions in Akron since Knight is white and Johnson is black. While I can’t say that the charges are based on race, I will say I think the charge of involuntary manslaughter is not enough and Knight should be charged with second-degree murder.
There’s not a ton of information on this, but 20-year-old India Kirksey of Cincinnati is accused of allegedly molesting a 4-year-old boy while livestreaming the act on Periscope. A number of media outlets say that Kirksey is a mother but no one is saying whether or not the victim is her child. Her family is saying that Kirksey has special needs, whether or not these needs mean that Kirksey is mentally incapable of telling the difference between right and wrong remains to be seen. The crime was reported by someone in Texas who had allegedly stumbled across the livestream.
While I’m not absolving Kirksey for her alleged actions, if I had to hazard a guess I would say there was someone on the other end of the livestream who probably encouraged Kirksey into her actions. Every time I’ve ever posted a story about a mother who molested one of their children, be it recorded or not, it was usually at the encouragement of a boyfriend. I’d be very surprised if we don’t hear news about a second arrest in this case.
In the Kik chat transcribed in the court documents, Denney said he’d been “playing” with his child for “a couple months” and that he was still “testing the waters.” He went on to say he didn’t want to “cause lasting issues or any major issues.”
Well, isn’t that benevolent of him?
Denny is also said to have sent a tor link to the DHS agent that was said to contain child porn.
No word on if Denney had any actual children or if he was just talking up a good game. I guess we’ll just have to wait to see if child molestation charges are forthcoming.
This is the part where I tell you that Kik is filled with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn traders. If I were you, I wouldn’t even let any of your under age kids use Kik no matter how many of their friends may use it.
“I’m looking for an open-minded parent who would be interested in bringing their daughter or daughters by for some passionate play. You cam just drop off and pick up later, stay there and wait while we play, come in the room and watch, or if a mom you can even join us in our play time. I’ms safe, sane, clean, ddf, discreet and respectful. Will respect any limits agreed upon ahead of time, like no bdsm or whatever.”
“You will be compensated for your time. Compensation will be dependent on several factors. Age, experience, time, limits and your involvement. A dad in a hurry, with a lot of limits wanting to watch, a 17yo daughter that’s been around the block a few times, lowest amount. A mom with all day, almost no limits, wanting to join, 10yo and 11yo virgin daughters would be the highest amount. Looking to set this up at a later time, so we have time to talk, set limits, discuss involvement, etc. Please change this subject line to your daughters age to weed out spam.”
As you can expect, the ad was responded to by undercover investigators. Murphy is a registered sex offender, reportedly by his own admission to police, for sexually abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter.
With such a blatant ad, there’s hardly any room for doubt as to what Murphy was allegedly looking for. This was on craigslist with no moderation or any kind of flagging, with someone just bluntly asking to have sex with children. The two things that really disturb me about this story is that craigslist does nothing to remove these ads, and that people care so little that this goes on through craigslist is they continue to use it. Would you patronize a store that was known to sell child porn? So why do you continue to support the Sears catalog of sex offenders. (Kids, ask your grandparents what a Sears catalog is.)
My apologies to FOX19.com for my liberal interpretation of fair use.
26-yer-old Caylan Butcher of Springfield, Ohio, was recently indicted for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman that he met through the dating and social site MeetMe.com. Butcher is said to have posed as someone else on the site and talked to the victim for a number of weeks before inviting her to his home. He then texted the victim saying that he wasn’t home but his ‘brother’ was, actually referring to himself. He is then accused of raping the woman.
Posing as their own brother or relative is a trick that’s mostly been used by online predators looking for underage girls. Usually, an online predator will pose as a younger child before befriending the victim and either asking them or extorting them into having sex with their ‘brother’. That makes me wonder if Butcher was looking for a younger victim.
You don’t normally hear about the johns that are busted using Backpage. More often than not it’s the pimps that you hear about but it seems that we have a special case in 55-year-old Richard Purnell of Parma, Ohio.
Don’t think that this was a case of ‘I didn’t know she was underage’ either. Not only did Purnell allegedly send thousands of texts to a number of underage girls on Backpage, but he also is said to have threatened the girl by saying he would shoot her if anyone found out about them.
It’s not just the pimps that act violently towards the girls and women who are trafficked on Backpage. The johns can be just as, if not more, violent than the pimps. While Purnell is looking at a decade or more behind bars, we need more sentences and penalties like this for johns. Cut off the demand and there’s no need for a supply. Make the risk much greater than the reward. Not sending slime like this to jail is only fighting half of the problem. It’s like locking your back door while leaving the front door wide open.
A lot has been made in the news today about a story out of Ohio where a woman has been indicted for livestreaming the alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend on the mobile livestreaming app Periscope. 18-year-old Marina Alexeevna Lonina is accused of broadcasting the alleged rape of her female friend by 29-year-old Raymond Boyd Gates. A lot should be made of the story as it shows just how little we care for the lives of others in our society as we take joy in transmitting the brutal violation of a young girl. However while the media seems to be focused on Lonina let’s not lose sight of the fact that Boyd is accused of raping a 17-year-old girl. He is equally if not more culpable then his cohort.
Unfortunately this is not the first online broadcast of a sexual assault. Back before livestreaming apps there was a website called Stickam. It allowed users to host a chat room while livestreaming from their webcams. It had a private room feature that allowed just about anything to be broadcast without moderation. In 2009 Johnathon Richard Hock of Surprise, Arizona, was arrested for broadcasting the sexual assault of a female friend on Stickam. Instead of coming to the defense of the victim many members of the Stickam community took up the defense of Hock instead. Hock was eventually sentenced to a paltry 2 1/2 years behind bars and Stickam has since closed its doors. The only difference between now and then is that now the cameras are smaller, more portable and more ubiquitous. I’m personally surprised this hasn’t happened more often. At least in Periscope’s defense it does have a policy against streaming explicit content.
But getting back to my original point while we’re being outraged at Lonina for broadcasting the rape let’s not allow the actions of the actual rapist be lost in the noise.
In court Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Lonina told police she was Periscoping the alleged incident to keep her friend from being assaulted, but got caught up by all the likes the she was getting. He says at one point she even asked her followers “What should I do now?”
If you have to ask what should you do while your friend is being raped then you need to be removed from society and anybody who ‘liked’ this on Periscope should join her.
She told Schroeder that she was unhappy at home, and he told her he would pick her up and help her. She had told him she was only 15 in one of their Kik chats.
Of course what 41-year-old man would offer help like this to an underage girl if there wasn’t some kind of ulterior motive involved. Things were not as rosy as I’m sure the victim imagined…
On Nov. 8, Schroeder drove to Ohio and picked her up near her home. Once she was in his vehicle, he made her remove the SIM card from her cellular telephone and broke the SIM card into pieces.
He told her not to reveal her real name to anyone and that she needed to change her appearance by cutting and/or coloring her hair.
He also told her she needed to lose weight. Schroeder then smashed her cell phone and tossed it into the river
Investigators say that Schroeder raped the girl multiple times and had quite the set up in his bedroom…
Authorities also obtained search warrants for the home and, during the search, video cameras, a DVR and other items were recovered. Two cameras were located in Schroeder’s bedroom with the focus point being the bed.
He even tried claiming that he thought the girl was 18 like that would magically make everything better.
So when your kids get mad at you for checking out their Kik account you can show them this story. Tell them that it’s not that you don’t trust them but you don’t trust the monsters that are lurking on Kik. In case I may have forgotten to mention it lately Kik is rife with pedophiles and sex offenders.
UPDATE 1/6/2016: Schroeder’s victim and her family are set to appear on the Dr. Phil Show tomorrow to tell her ordeal. From the video I’ve seen she’ll be keeping her identity hidden.
Normally I don’t care for Dr. Phil since I consider him to be just another TV charlatan however he is watched by a very large amount of people and at least this will help get the word out about how dangerous Kik can be.