Mass. man accused of raping girl he met through Omegle

Mass. man accused of raping girl he met through Omegle
Raymond Phelps

(Story broke 4/13/2017)

25-year-old Raymond Phelps, of Bernardston, Massachusetts, is accused of allegedly having sex (e.g. child rape) with a 14-year-old-girl he met through the website Omegle. For those of you unfamiliar with Omegle, it’s a website that pairs you with random people and allows you to cam-chat with them. This being the internet, it’s been abused by numerous predators and child porn collectors since it’s frequented by teens.

The incident happened back in February when Phelps is said to have taken the girl to a movie where he started inappropriately touching the girl. Then the two are said to have ‘had sex’ later in Phelps’ truck. While the victim says the sex was consensual she also reportedly told police that Phelps knew her age. Meanwhile, Phelps is using the “I didn’t know she was 14” defense.

Personally, I don’t feel like Omegle gets enough attention from law enforcement. While there’s not as many stories about it in the news like Kik, it’s still the most popular search term used to find my site. Those search terms are usually something like “Can I get arrested from using Omegle?”, which leads me to believe that more people are using it for nefarious reasons than people believe.

Let’s also not forget that Omegle is a website, not an app. It can be used by any device that has a camera and a web browser.

Kik kreeper tried to arrange rape of relative through Omegle

Kik kreeper tried to arrange rape of relative through Omegle
Blaine A. Mallon

Police in Austin, Texas, have arrested 27-year-old Blaine A. Mallon for allegedly trying to find an accomplice in order to rape a female relative of his. Mallon is said to have gone on random webcam chat site Omegle in order to find someone to help him rape a woman that he knew by asking “looking for someone to help me rape a girl I know. Interested?” The conversation then allegedly moved to Kik where Mallon is said to have given the person he was talking to all the information about his intended victim including…

…photos of the victim; victim’s home address; description of the victim’s car; the victim’s work hours; information about when the victim’s boyfriend is leaving town; and a statement that said, “She lives alone. Great Body. Very much a good girl mentality. Should be a lot of fun.”

Thankfully, the second person went to authorities with the information that he had and police were able to determine that the man requesting the rape was Mallon. The victim told police that Mallon was related to her and was around him on a regular basis. No word on if that relation was through marriage or blood.

When Mallon was confronted with what information police had he reportedly said that the whole plot was just a fantasy.

Mallon allegedly told police that he wouldn’t hurt the victim. He further stated that he would have stopped the rape from happening by telling the other person the victim’s address was fake, according to APD.

Oh, is that the case? Then we’re sorry to have taken up your time sir, you’re free to go, which is what Mallon probably imagined what police were going to say after telling them that reason they they’ve never heard before.

Guys like Mallon make up way too many users in places like Kik and Omegle. If you don’t want your kids conversing with would-be rapists, you may want to keep an eye on their app and internet use.

Former school janitor charged with trading child porn on Omegle

Former school janitor charged with trading child porn on Omegle
Douglas Mehan

As I have mentioned before, one website that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should in the media is Omegle. It is the anonymous webcam chat site whose motto encourages you to ‘Talk to Strangers!’ One of the more popular search quries that lead people to my site is ‘can you get arrested for using Omegle?’ This leads me to believe that not only are predators grooming underage children on Omegle, but it’s also being used to trade child porn.

For example, 50-year-old Douglas Mehan is a former school custodian from Milford, Connecticut. He’s been arrested for allegedly using Omegle to trade child porn. While Omegle definitely appears to have a child predator issue, that doesn’t prevent them from contacting the NCMEC when they find one, and that’s exactly what they did here.

Once police caught up to Mehan he is said to have said that he only started getting into child porn within the past few months. That didn’t stop him from allegedly having 378 child porn videos on his laptop. I’m guessing that his interest in this has been for more than just a few months. These scumbags always seem to have some kind of story when they’re caught, to try to lessen what they’ve already done. In my opinion they’re justifying it to themselves as anyone else wouldn’t care how long he was viewing child porn as most would be equally appalled by his activity.

As a warning to parents, Omegle is not an app, it’s a website that can be used by any internet connected device that has a camera. This includes, smart phones, tablets and laptops. This means that there will be no app icon to look for and you would need to check your children’s browser history to see if they’ve been visiting the site.

NC Youth Minister caught grooming child from Omegle

NC Youth Minister caught grooming child from Omegle
Tyler Simkus Smither

30-year-old Tyler Simkus Smither stands accused of allegedly using the cam chat site Omegle in order to obtain explicit pictures of an 11-year-old boy that he met through the website. Smither is said to be a youth minister at a church in New Hanover County, while the victim lives in Florida. After the two met on Omegle they eventually took their conversations to other platforms like Skype and text messaging. The victim’s mother was contacted by her cell phone carrier as they told her that her son was receiving texts from a new number. This led her to find explicit photos of both her son and Smither on her son’s cell phone.

I commend the victim’s mother for having the option on her son’s cell phone to be notified of strangers contacting her son. However, Omegle is a very old school site that can escape the notice of parents. It’s not an app so parents can’t look for that on a phone. It’s just a website that connects two strangers that happen to be on a camera enabled device. All you need to connect on Omegle is a device with a camera and an internet connection. It could either be a data connection on a cellphone or through an internet or wifi connection. While Omegle does make the occasional report of improper behavior with kids to the NCMEC they don’t do a whole lot to discourage this behavior outside of posting a warning that predators use their site. If websites had parents they would be so proud of them. I think it goes without saying that Omegle is no website for an 11-year-old boy.

Florida realtor charged with rape of girl he met on Omegle

Florida realtor charged with rape of girl he met on Omegle
Benjamin Sovacool

35-year-old Benjamin Sovacool, a realtor from Naples, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having sex (child rape) with a 16-year-old girl that he met through the cam chatting site Omegle. Sovacool was allegedly fooling around with the victim at her house when a Sheriff’s deputy pulled up after a report of a strange car at the girl’s house. Police say that Sovacool took off out the back. Details on his actual arrest are sparse but one story says he tried telling police that he was in the area because of his real estate work.

As I have mentioned before, the search phrase ‘can I get arrested for using Omegle’ is one of the most common search phrases used to reach my website, more so than any search query involving Kik and Snapchat. However, I post more stories related to Kik and Snapchat than I do Omegle, which leads me to believe that Omegle is not being investigated by law enforcement as much as it should be.

Also as I’ve mentioned before for parents, Omegle is not an app, it’s a website that can be used by any device with a camera, that includes cell phones and tablets. Since it’s a website and not an app it may be more difficult to see if your kids are using it. In that case you should not only be checking what apps your kids have on their phones or tablets but also their browser history as well.

Be smarter than your kids and be smarter than the predators that seek to harm them. Your child’s welfare may depend on it.

Suspect crosses state lines in attempt to have sex with 12-year-old from Omegle

Ryan Salehzadeh
Ryan Salehzadeh

25-year-old Ryan Reza Salehzadeh, of Fayetteville, Georgia, allegedly traveled to Pembroke Pines, Florida, in order to ‘have sex’ (child rape) with a 12-year-old girl whom he met on the webcam chat site Omegle. According to Google Maps that’s roughly a 9 hour drive. For those of you who may not know Omegle is a site that pairs you up with a random person to chat with. Its motto even encourages you to ‘Talk to strangers!’

Salehzadeh is said to have told the girl that he loved her and wanted him to be the first mas she had sex with. He also used the old predator adage of ‘age is just a number’…

“Age doesn’t matter it’s just a silly number, plus I’m not one of those people who freak out about age, I don’t care about age,” he wrote, according to the arrest warrant. “I want you baby.”

As I’ve said before Omegle is not an app. It’s a website that cab be accessed from any camera enabled device that has internet access and a web browser and Omegle has no way of verifying your child’s age. That means your kids could potentially access Omegle from their phone, tablet or computer at any time opening them up to predators like this. Luckily Salehzadeh was arrested before he could harm the girl but other children that have met predators through Omegle have not been so lucky.

Florida man charged with sexually assaulting girl he met on Omegle

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36-year-old Scott Prince of Naples, Florida, is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl. He is said to have met the girl on the random web chat site Omegle. Here is a list of his alleged offenses courtesy of WINKNews.com…

The pair met on three different occasions between December 2015 and Jan. 23:

A Bob Evans restaurant off Northbrooke Plaza Drive in December. They had sex in a nearby parking lot, the report said.

At Prince’s home in January. She was asked to perform sexual acts, the report said.

On Saturday, she was forced to perform sexual acts in his den, then was sexually assaulted in his bedroom, the report said.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office say that there may be more victims.

Here’s the thing about Omegle. Some reports call it an app but it’s not. Omegle is just a website, It can be used on any device that has a camera and an internet connection. It works amazingly well not only on PCs but on mobile devices as well. The only thing you need to use Omegle is a web browser. So if you’re looking for an Omegle app you won’t find one. If you’re looking for it on any of your kids’ devices you’ll have to check the browser history.

The other think about Omegle is that I don’t think enough law enforcement agencies are aware of the site. ‘Omegle arrests’ and ‘can I be arrested from Omegle?’ are the top search terms people use to find my website yet there aren’t enough arrests in proportion to the number of searches I receive. Kik makes many more headlines with arrests being involved yet hardly anyone searches for that. It leads me to believe that Omegle is possibly just as rife as Kik is with predators. The problem may be that Omegle doesn’t require any kind of user account as its purpose is to connect you with someone random regardless of age. That kind of anonymity combined with the number of kids that are on it and the lack of law enforcement involvement is a dangerous mix.

Indiana man indicted for assaulting NJ girl he met on Omegle

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Joshua Elkins
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.

Arizona Kik Kreeper used Omegle to find victim

Shea Dylan Myers
Shea Dylan Myers

18-year-old Shea Dylan Myers, of Chandler, Arizona, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The victim claims that Myers met the victim on Omegle then took the conversation to the messaging app Kik. The victim’s mother found evidence on the victim’s phone that her son had been assaulted.

I’ve gone on before about how Kik is rife with sex offenders and pedophiles. I’ve also said the same about Omegle. What you may not know about Omegle is that it’s not an app, it’s just a website. However as I have also explained in the past its motto is ‘Talk to strangers!’ It’s a webcam chat site in the vein of ChatRoulette. So if you’re looking for an Omegle app on any of your kids’ devices you won’t find one. All it takes to access Omegle is a camera enabled device and an internet connection. This could range from a phone to a tablet to a PC as long as it has a camera feature. Also, the internet connection could be a wi-fi connection since most of those devices can also connect to the internet using wi-fi, a mobile data connection isn’t always needed.

On a different note I can tell that some of you think that sex between an 18-year-old and a 13-year-old is no big deal, you’re wrong as usual. In the state of Arizona the legal age of consent is 18-years-old and even specifies the close-in-age exceptions.

Per Wiki

B. It is a defense to a prosecution pursuant to sections 13-1404 and 13-1405 in which the victim’s lack of consent is based on incapacity to consent because the victim was fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age if at the time the defendant engaged in the conduct constituting the offence the defendant did not know and could not reasonably have known the age of the victim.

Considering Myers supposedly gave police the names of two other victims and admitted to possessing child porn I’m going to assume he knew the age of his victim.

Literal basement dweller charged with making child porn on Omegle

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I’ve talked about Omegle a lot in the past. For those of you who may not know it is a website that allows anyone with a webcam or smart phone camera to chat with random strangers. Omegle’s terms of service state that you have to be 13 to use the site but there is no real way to keep out anyone who may be younger. Also as I’ve mentioned before Omegle is one of the most popular subjects on this site since so many people are Googling the phrase “Will I be arrested from Omegle?” in order to reach the site. That leads me to believe that there’s not enough investigations being done by law enforcement agencies into Omegle predators. Not a day goes by where Omegle isn’t one of the top search terms for this site. However that doesn’t mean that people on Omegle aren’t being arrested for illicit behavior.

Police in Salem, New Hampshire recently arrested 33-year-old Brian Powell for allegedly using Omegle to produce child porn. Police say that while living in his mother’s basement Powell would get on Omegle and get underage girls to take their clothes off. Underage is an understatement as some of his victims are believed to be as young as 8 and 9-years-old. No 8 or 9-year-old child needs to be on Omegle as even their slogan of “talk to strangers” should indicate it’s not really a place for children.

Brian Powell
Brian Powell

Again as is the case with a lot of these apps or websites all you need us a device and a wifi connection to get on. There is no official app for Omegle but it does have a very responsive mobile version of its site that will allow you to use your smart phone camera on it through the web browser. Here is a great article on how to block certain sites on most devices.

As with any app or website they’re not going to take any measures to effectively protect your kids. As a parent you are the only real line of defense between online predators and your kids. Allowing them to have unfettered access to internet enabled cameras is akin to leaving their bedroom windows open for predators.

UPDATE 9/6/2016: Powell pleaded guilty to child porn charges back in May, and prosecutors are looking for a 25 year sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for 9/16.

UPDATE 11/1/2016: Powell is looking to withdraw his guilty plea, hire a new attorney and go to trial.