33-year-old Randall Boyd Tyler, of Collinsville, Oklahoma, was recently arrested for allegedly trading child porn on the mobile messaging app Kik. Homeland Security says that Tyler was using the Kik screen name of “young_country83” in order to engage in the trading of the explicit images. Tyler denied sharing the images, but admits to viewing the images with possibly one of the worst excuses possible.
Tyler allegedly told investigators that the images and videos help him cope with “anxiety due to military combat tours overseas,” according to the report.
With all due respect that I have for the military and the empathy I have for people with mental illnesses, you’ll have to excuse me if I say that’s a crock of shit. Not only that, but it does a massive disservice to those who have served who are trying to cope with PTSD on a daily basis. This is along the lines of school shooters and killers who try to blame their actions on Asperger’s Syndrome, saying it made them kill. You’re just trying to garner sympathy while being caught for one of the worst crimes you can imaginably be apprehended for.
While Kik can issue statements saying that they detect, report and delete known child exploitation images, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s the top app used by sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn traders. If you see the icon that I’ve posted above among your children’s apps, they could potentially be victimized by any number of these online offenders.