Bales is said to have try to extort pictures from an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl using the screen names of ‘Daddy’, of course, and ‘swflguy239’.
If you think that this is some kind of entrapment, like a lot of Florida creepers seem to do, this is how Bales allegedly threatened one of the girls…
He told an 11-year-old girl that he was going to post her home address on the Internet, ask people to come rape her, set her house on fire, or hurt her, unless the girl sent him nude photos and videos of herself, according to the arrest affidavit.
However there’s a bigger issue here that these two underage girls are on Kik. Not only is Kik rife with sex offenders and pedophiles but Kik’s own terms of service say that users should be 13. Pre-teens have no business being on Kik and if you really think about it no one who’s not an adult should be on it either.
UPDATE 2/17/2016 5:40 PM EST: I know criminal defense attorneys have a tough job but some of the stuff they come up with is just idiotic. For example, Bales’ attorney is saying that the threats Bales allegedly made weren’t actually threats…
“I wouldn’t call that a threat. But if we were all arrested for what’s in our head, we’d all be in prison,” Viacava said.
24-year-old Joshua Austin of Perry, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl from Polk County, Florida. In case you’re not aware the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is probably my favorite police department in the country. Sheriff Grady Judd has been very active not only in catching online predators but sex traffickers as well.
Austin reportedly met the girl in a chat room and since he used Kik to communicate with the girl I’m going to assume it was a Kik chat room. Being the romantic type that he is Austin is said to have sent the girl sex toys and condoms. The girl’s father found them and took them away only for Austin to send replacements. The father also discovered that Austin was talking to his daughter and told him to stop calling her. I know it’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback at this point but if you should ever find a predator like this talking to your kids you should not hesitate to call police. For all we know this assclown could have other victims.
Steven Wayne Reid, of Georgia, is accused of going to great lengths in order to allegedly harass a 13-year-old Florida girl over Kik into sending him explicit photos of herself. The girl is from Polk County, Florida, which is home to my personal favorite County Sheriff, Grady Judd. If one can be a fanboy for a law enforcement officer then call me a fanboy.
Anyway, according to the article from ABC Action News in Tampa, Reid went to some extraordinary, yet creepy as hell, lengths in order to get what he wanted…
According to the affidavit, the girl was contacted on November 4 via the mobile phone messaging application “KIK” by someone claiming to be a 14-year-old girl named “Laura” with the KIK username “laura_hench14” who was extorting her to send nude images.
Soon after “Laura” initiated a conversation with the victim, “Laura” sent the victim an image of a Facebook profile with the victim’s face on it, and said, “So listen. I’m gonna make a Facebook with your pic. I can’t stand you at school. I like you so much but you don’t notice me. So I want to see your bra. If you do that then I’ll leave it at that. But if you refuse then I’ll do something crazy like make a Facebook saying you hate [derogatory term for African-Americans]. If you tell anyone then I’ll also do it. I can wait until you ready.”
If that wasn’t enough Reid cranked up the creep factor…
The victim told the suspect he was a “creepy stalker guy” to which the suspect replied he was a teacher at her school and that he would pull her into his classroom and sexually batter her. He additionally told her, “I’ll bring a gun [to school] and kill us both. I’m desperate. Take a [nude] pic and you won’t have any trouble.” The suspect then sent the victim a video depicting an adult male rubbing his exposed genitals.
There are literally no limits to the lengths these pedophiles will go to in order to get what they want from your kids. Isn’t it better to have your kids be inconvenienced by parental monitoring than be scarred for life by cretins like this?
Sheriff Judd puts it best…
“This is a dangerous person,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “We know that he is one step away, if he hasn’t physically molested children, he will.”
Daniel Dunfee, 21
James Crawford, 34
Arthur F. Lee, 55
Steven Rivera, 26
Santos Palacios, 29
Eric Reynolds, 32
Roger Coulson, 63
William Humphrey, 24
Richard Murray, 22
Before we get into the rest of the sting I want to focus on Dunfee in particular. He allegedly solicited two underage girls from Illinois for nude pictures through Kik and Snapchat. One he got pictures from his victims he would threaten to post them online if they didn’t send more. This is one of the oldest ploys in the online predator playbook. It used to be that you had to know someone’s Kik username before you could message them but now there are several apps within Kik that allow you to meet other users and there are no age barriers.
If Polk County sounds familiar it’s because it’s my favorite police department in the entire country. Sheriff Grady Judd has been featured on this site for years for his dauntless work not only against online predators but also against human trafficking through sites like craigslist and Backpage. The pedo-defenders like to claim that Sheriff Judd is motivated by greed for his department through federal grants rather than duty and are incarcerating innocent individuals. I doubt that since between the 9 men arrested they all racked up 205 counts of child pornography charges. But please do tell me how these scumbags were victims of entrapment.
I received the following e-mail not too long ago. Since in this country people are innocent until proven guilty I will keep the e-mailer’s name anonymous.
I would like to know if you truly believe all CL stings are 100% accurate. I am bipolar and during a tough time could not control my mania. I never asked for sex but looking for someone to hang with to mellow me out. Ground me. Eventually I agreed to whatever they want because I was not allowed over unless I agreed.
I never thought agreeing to somethingon internet means you actually have to do it.
My craiglist experience is that 20% percent of the time I meet someone off CL we have sex and most not the same day.
I know I am not a pedophile.
SHould my life be ruined cause the police convinced a mental health manic person to agree to commit a crime he was never looking for. With no child porn, no coaching or any activities with children.
You support and stereotype but isnt each case different
You should write a story with my case, and when writing a story you should put both sides, thats your responsibility in sharing information.
In the article they put out, they said I wanted to teach a 15 yr old to have sex. Yet I never said that, text it or emailed it. Thats just what they want you to believe.
I find your page ignorant and full of anger.
You were either molested or abused or something to have this much hate.
Its a sad day when a lonely adult cant go to an adult website to try to find a friend without being entraped for a crime.
Why cant an american go to plenty of fish, or match or craigslist to meet someone without being a criminal.
Through a little research I was able to determine that I believe that the e-mailer was arrested in one of the many craigslist stings conducted by Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd. Sheriff Judd must have arrested dozens if not hundreds of alleged predators in his infamous stings by now. But I digress.
Please allow me now to address the e-mailer’s concerns.
Do I believe that all craigslist stings are 100% accurate? The law of averages would say no. I’m sure in at least a minority of cases entrapment may have been involved but I don’t think your case is one of them. If your charges have been dropped or reduced I would be more than happy to post a correction or have your name removed. However in my research I noticed that you have been allegedly arrested two more times since then for probation violations.
It’s no secret that I am also bi-polar but never once in my worst times have I ever thought about ‘hanging out’ with someone who was underage. As I’ve said in the past the ‘hanging out’ line it was the guys on To Catch A Predator always use. If you need someone to hang out with go to a strip club. As long as you keep tipping the dancers they’ll be your best friends and best of all they’re of legal age.
If you’re getting laid legally 20% of the time on craigslist you’re playing a deadly game of Russian Roulette where you could end up being robbed or killed. See, I care about your well-being.
None of the articles I linked to said specifically that you wanted to teach a 15-year-old about sex. Odd that you would say that.
I was neither molested or abused and considering I was a Catholic altar boy until I was 17 that’s really saying something. I just happen to have a problem with people who try to allegedly take advantage of a child sexually and the websites that allow it.
Did the police solicit you for sex, did they message you first, did they come to your house? If not you probably weren’t entrapped.
You can go to any website you choose to someone. That is your right. However if the someone in question is below the age of consent then you might be considered a criminal.
Personally I think you need to not only get better help for your bi-polar disorder but it sounds like you may have a sex addiction problem to work out as well. I hope you can get help.
If you haven’t been following my site for a while you’d know that Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida is one of if not the most proactive law enforcement officer when it comes to catching craigslist and backpage traffickers and predators. His latest feat is just one huge accomplishment in a long list of accomplishments in this area. His latest sting that involved prostitutes, johns and pimps has netted the arrests of 92 people.
Among them was 45-year-old Samuel Yoon. Yoon is/was a youth minister from California who was arrested during the sting for allegedly wanting to ‘have sex’ with a 14-year-old child prostitute. Also arrested was a guy celebrating his divorce and another guy who was on his honeymoon.
Sheriff Judd has put Backpage on notice…
“It’s abundantly clear to us Backpage is facilitating organized prostitution and facilitating human trafficking.”
Judd said he’s putting Backpage officially on notice. “It’s a promise. Backpage, you are going to be criminally investigated. So are the people in charge of your organization.”
We need more law enforcement officials like Sheriff Judd who are willing to make high-profile stings like this in order to get the word out that sex trafficking of women and children will not be tolerated and that Backpage is the problem and not even remotely close to being part of the solution as they may claim.
UPDATE: Sheriffs also discovered a 15-year-old girl who was working as a prostitute since she was 13. They say that she was tattooed with gang symbols marking her as her pimp’s property. How can anyone not call this slavery as the branding of slaves was prevalent prior to the U.S. Civil War? Those who forget the past are really doomed to repeat it.
Sheriff Judd has also stated that he has the permission of the state to launch a full-fledged investigation into Backpage. Hopefully he can accomplish something that no lawmaker or law enforcement officer has been yet to do.
I’m going to forgo the headline this time because it ruins the surprise.
So say you’re local police department decided to carry out a sting on craigslist to catch would be child predators. Say they placed an ad on craigslist posing as a stepmother willing to turn out her 14-year-old stepdaughter for sex on craigslist. How many people do you think they would arrest? 1? 3? 10?
Of course among the 38 arrestees we have the obligatory grade school teacher. During the sting sheriffs arrested 43-year-old Matthew Chillcott, a 5th grade teacher from Orlando. Hitting the stereotype daily double they also arrested a registered sex offender in 31-year-old Wilson Silva of Brooksville, Florida. Silva has been on the registry since 2001. I wonder if it took him this long to reoffend or was it just the first time he’s been caught.
Now think about this. If they arrest this many people who think they;re being offered a child on craigslist how much do you think it’s happening without it being the police? It’s disturbing to think about it.
While the national media has moved on from craigslist since they closed the erotic services section I haven’t. I still see craigslist for the unmoderated cesspool of pedophiles that it is. Will it have to take a child version of Julissa Brisman before craigslist is held responsible once again? I hope to hell not.
This is exactly what the problem is with child prostitution and human trafficking in this country.
18-year-old Joseph Padilla was arrested back in April during this backpage prostitution bust in Polk County, Florida. He was the one who allegedly pimping out a 15-year-old girl while her 2-month-old waited in the car with Padilla. You would think that someone who was pimping out a 15-year-old girl would still be in jail. Not so.
Padilla was arrested yet again, this time in Osceola County, for pimping out another 15-year-old girl. He had only been out of prison a week. Apparently whatever punishment he was facing it wasn’t enough to keep him from doing it a week out of jail. Bonds and sentences need to be seriously increased if this punk can pimp out children in less than a week from being let out of jail.
Ok, I’m officially declaring Grady Judd my favorite sheriff in the country. In the history of all my blogs I don’t think I’ve ever posted about any sheriff more than Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida.
According to a sheriff’s statement, the ads typically read “mom/stepparent/aunt/guardian seeking guidance for my daughter/stepdaughter/niece.”
So now you know some of the code to look out for.
Another reason I like Sheriff Judd is because he doesn’t do just one sting to garner publicity. I’ve lost count how many stings that he’s done. Sheriff Judd also has a warning for predators in his jurisdiction…
For those of you that think you got it figured out. You only see what we did last time. But we are still coming after you. If you are going to bother children, if you are going to talk to children in a perverse manner, we are going to investigate you, we are going to lock you up. We are not going to let you be in society where you can attack children,” said Judd.
We need more law enforcement like Sheriff Judd.
The imaginary girls that were being advertised to these sickos were said to be between 9 and 14 years old. One of these cretins wanted to have sex with both the ‘mom’ and daughter. One of the suspects was a sex offender and another has a history of dating violence. Some of the suspects said they were going to ‘teach’ the girls to have sex.
Those arrested were…
25-year-old Stephen K. Allen of Orlando, 27-year-old Shawn M. Bartmann of Lakeland, 29-year-old Joseph C. Bolinao of Orlando, 58-year-old David R. Cohen of Maryland, 48-year-old Brian L. Detty of Clearwater, 18-year-old George T. Drage Orlando, 36-year-old Brian S. Fenn of Bartow, 24-year-old Sean I. Giuliani of Land ‘o Lakes, 60-year-old Grammatas Grammatas of Holiday, 24-year-old Nicardo Hamilton of Spring Hill, 41-year-old Nicholas Hillman of Seffner, 52-year-old Andre Jezierski of Winter Park, 39-year-old Anthony Lampp of Fort White, 61-year-old Robert Langley of Ocoee, 41-year-old Richard Lightfoot of Missouri, 29-year-old Rene Mercado of Texas, 45-year-old Richard Misenhelder of Gulf Port, 67-year-old James Rosenthal of Clearwater, 33-year-old Brian Rudolph of Orlando, 39-year-old Chad Siperly of Brandon, 34-year-old Jay Stroup of Viginia, and 36-year-old Malcolm Watkins of Orlando.
I’m guessing, and I’m probably right, that the ads on craigslist and backpage were not flagged by the users. Of course they wouldn’t be because the people who troll the sections that these ads are posted on don’t report shit. This is what they’re looking for. Just further proof that the personals sections and the casual encounters section on both sites are in desperate need of moderation, but neither site is willing to spend the money to do so.
In Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd, one of my favorite sheriffs, announced that 60 people were arrested in a prostitution sting dubbed Operation Curtain Call. The majority of those arrested were through the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
Among those arrested were a 25-year-old woman who was 5 months pregnant and a 15-year-old girl who had her pimp waiting in the car along with her 2-month-old baby daughter. Defenders of prostitution would probably have you believe that she was there willingly I’m sure.
Still backpage insists that there isn’t a problem.