Francisco Anavisca and Pedro Lopez have been accused of allegedly posing as music producers online in order to rape a 15-year-old girl from Harris County, Texas. The pair allegedly met the victim on MeetMe and used Kik to talk her into meeting them. Since the victim had aspirations to be a singer she agreed to the meeting.
This is very similar to the modeling scam that I’ve previously posted about where predators will say they’re from a modeling agency in order to meet their victims. Predators posing as someone else in the entertainment industry is not unheard of either. Children who have aspirations of being in any aspect of the entertainment business need to be educated on how people will use that to take advantage of them, not just online, but in the real world as well.
The article from KHOU also has a great quote from a member of the Texas Center for the Missing that all parents need to see…
“I tell parents, it’s not so much to stop them from being on social media. Just don’t be that parent that says, ‘Not my child,’” Melissa Rangel, a case manager for the Texas Center for the Missing said. “Guess what? That’s what the predator is looking for because that means you’re not paying attention.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.