21-year-old Joseph Meili, of Russellville, Missouri, has been charged in the alleged rape and kidnapping of an 11-year-old Republic girl he met through MeetMe. This is said to have taken place in July of this year after Meili picked the girl up from her home and took her back to an apartment in Springfield. The victim was reportedly being raped while police were searching for her. She was found at home after Meili dropped her off. While investigating, police are said to have found evidence that a rape did take place. To make matters worse, authorities say Meili gave the victim an STI.
When police contacted Meili reports say he tried using the ‘she said she was 18’ defense by saying the victim’s MeetMe profile said she was 18. Many people would say that should be defense enough against the charges. I’ve heard it so many times before, “Do you know how many girls look like they’re 18?” Really? Even when they’re eleven? Either way, it’s immaterial because if the charges are correct he forcibly had sex with the girl, you know, rape.
Again, MeetMe is no place for children. It’s a social app mostly used by people who are looking for a hook up. While its terms of service say users have to be at least 13, app stores rate the app as M for Mature, meaning no one under 17 should use it. The victim was able to create an account using her mother’s phone. As far as I’m concerned, that’s inexcusable. Not only should you know what your kids are doing on their devices, but you damn well better know what they’re doing on yours.
In case you didn’t know, MocoSpace is a dating/chat/games app that is primarily geared toward the Latino and African-American communities. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the seedier social apps out there. That’s not an indictment on race, but an indictment on the app itself. In my opinion, it’s in the same vein as MeetMe, being little more than an online meat market.
Mocospace, really had its heyday during the MySpace years when it was more of a website than an app, and that’s when our story begins. In 2012, Ryan Antoine Reynolds, of Detroit, Michigan, was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a woman he had met through MocoSpace. Police say Reynolds also robbed the woman and drove off after raping her. Reynolds was also accused of allegedly raping and robbing another woman in 2014 after dragging her off the street into his car.
The charges had been dismissed by prosecutors, but have recently been refiled. Prosecutors have been mysteriously quiet on why the charges have been refiled.
Just out of my own curiosity, I’m going to be keeping a special eye on this case and will post updates as they become available.
36-year-old Beth Rae Harris of Chicago got into a fight with her 23-year-old friend over a man at a club. They supposedly made up, but according to police Harris had other ideas. Harris is said to have gone out with her ‘friend’ and the friend drank heavily and crashed at Harris’ apartment. While the friend was unconscious, Harris allegedly had one or more men rape the unconscious woman out of revenge. The victim wasn’t even aware of what happened until she saw the rape being shown on her own Snapchat account. Harris was allegedly berating the victim while the woman was being raped. Witnesses were able to identify Harris through the video. The man, or men, involved in the rape have yet to be charged and the investigation is ongoing.
Is this how far we’ve fallen as a society when we’re orchestrating elaborate rape revenge plans like this over a man at a club? I’d hate to see what Harris would have done if her friend had done something more serious like not paying for her drinks or something. That’s not even mentioning the man, or men, who supposedly willingly took place in the rape of an unconscious woman. Then to further humiliate the victim, have the rape broadcast over her own Snapchat account. Who thinks of things like this?
Harris has been charged with non-consensual dissemination of sexual image and is being held on $150,000 bond. If she’s convicted, there should be a Snapchat account set up that just livestreams her prison cell 24 hours a day.
Rape is a serious subject. It’s spoken about in the same grave tones as something like cancer. For many victims of rape, they consider it a worse crime than murder. One of the things that makes it such a horrible crime is many victims never come forward to report a rape out of fear of retribution or shame. What doesn’t help with the problem is when someone falsely claims to have been raped.
52-year-old Susan Shannon of Everett, Washington, claims she was raped by retired Army Colonel David “Wil” Riggins when the two attended West Point in the mid to late 1980s. By most reports she never contacted any authority about it until Col. Riggins was up for promotion to Brigadier General in 2013. Shannon then made blog posts on her personal blog claiming Riggins had raped her. Riggins was then pulled out of contention for the promotion because of the accusations. He retired instead. No subsequent investigation was ever able to prove any rape had taken place. Shannon was sued by Riggins for defamation and a jury ruled in his favor and awarded the retired Colonel $8.4 million.
Now I know it’s not unusual for rape victims not to come forward for years. I know there is a problem of rape and sexual assaults among the military. However, when you take a closer look at Ms. Shannon, the underlying tin foil hat starts to show.
On her blog, Ms. Shannon has claimed the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a conspiracy perpetrated by the government in order to take our guns. She claims to be a Christian, yet calls the Mormon Church a cult and the Roman Catholic Church part of the New World Order. She’s also a bible-thumping homophobe who would probably fit right in with the Phelps family. What’s worse is she has a GoFundMe page to help with her legal expenses and she’s already raised $11,000 at the time of this posting. I guess it pays to be crazy.
In my opinion she is a disgrace to rape victims who had to fight with every inch of their being to try to bring their rapists to justice. While character is not always the best indicator when it comes to proving rape, I think in this case it goes a long way in showing the mental capacity of this woman, her obvious delusions, and her apparent constant need for attention.
UPDATE: As I was writing this post I noticed the post on Shannon’s blog entitled ‘In my defense’, in which she pleads her case and claims to be the victim of the media, it appears she had all opposing comments removed and the comments were then closed. Again, I think this goes a long way in showing how her mind operates.
A man from Deerfield Beach, Florida, discovered his 14-year-old runaway sister was being advertised on Backpage as a prostitute. The man posed as a john and had his sister brought to him. It was at that time the man confronted the lowlife who was allegedly turning out his sister.
Police reportedly then caught up with the man, who has been identified as 28-year-old Stanley Martin. Martin is said to have allegedly raped the girl repeatedly before putting her to work.
The girl “did not want to have sexual intercourse with Martin but felt she did not have a choice,” the report says. She was afraid of Martin because of “previous threats of physical violence.”
That’s rape no matter how you look at it.
So far Martin has only been charged with the rapes, but I would imagine he’ll be charged with child prostitution and human trafficking at some point. He is currently being held without bond.
I have to ask all the internet organizations who are leaping to the aid of Backpage in defense of their ‘free speech’: What do you propose to do for the rights of these girls not to be trafficked so strangers can pay money to essentially rape these girls? I haven’t heard any suggestions on that front.
31-year-old Marco Vinicio Orrego of Boynton Beach, Florida, is facing federal charges of allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage. Orrego is said to have met the underage runaway on Backpage before turning her out himself. He’s also accused of raping the girl, taking pictures of the rape, and sending the pictures to others. The alleged pimp also kept all the money he made off of the victim to himself. At last check, Orrego was being held on over $500,000 bond.
Again, Backpage is more concerned with protecting their free speech (read cash flow) than the safety of underage girls who are continually turned out on their site to be repeatedly raped by pimps and paying rapists.
27-year-old Antoine Joseph Perry of Tacoma, Washington, is accused of allegedly raping three teens in three separate 2016 incidents. In the first case, he is said to have kidnapped an 18-year-old woman at gunpoint, forced her into his car and raped her in an apartment.
In the Snapchat case, Perry, using the screen name FreeGameAP, reportedly met a 15-year-old girl on the photo sharing app and was chatting with the girl for months before showing up at her house late at night. He brought her fast food, like the stereotypical guy from To Catch a Predator, except he didn’t want to just ‘hang out’. When the girl got in his car Perry is said to have touched her inappropriately and when she protested he choked and raped her. This was long before Snap Maps was added as a feature.
In the last known instance, Perry is said to have met another 15-year-old over an unnamed social media platform. He picked up the girl from where a friend of hers was babysitting. He pulled over saying he couldn’t find his phone and when the girl got out to help him look for the phone, he choked and raped her too.
With the two social media related rapes, it makes me wonder if Perry posed as someone younger than himself. That’s a common trick used by online predators to gain the confidence of their victims and I would hope these girls wouldn’t knowingly get into a car with a man close to his 30s.
As a parent, not only should you be monitoring your kids’ online activity on all of their devices, but you should also explain to them just because someone who says they’re a teenager or they’re harmless doesn’t make it so. When a minor becomes friends with a stranger online, it’s almost like they’re playing Russian Roulette with six bullets.
41-year-old Bobby Joseph Brown, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of allegedly raping a woman he met through craigslist. In early April, Brown is said to have met with a woman from craigslist for a ‘sexual encounter’. The woman reportedly changed her mind which caused Brown to produce a gun and say that he was a cop. He then raped the woman multiple times in his apartment.
In late April, Brown is said to have met with another woman through craigslist’s casual encounters section and tried the same trick, but this time his victim escaped. While I can’t say this with 100% certainty, considering Brown claimed to be a cop, it leads me to believe these women may have been prostitutes. However, that doesn’t matter when it comes to a crime like rape. No woman ever deserves that nightmare. Rightfully, Brown is currently being held without bail.
This story does show one thing though, prostitution is still alive and well on craigslist, except now it’s in the casual encounters section. Much like the prostitution on Backpage has moved to the personals section. It also shows predators and rapists are still using craigslist as their own personal victim menu. Yet craigslist continues to spend zero dollars on moderating illegal content on their site which could prevent any number of these crimes.
Eraserhead Chandler Bing up there is 24-year-old flight attendant Joshua James Kuhn. He is accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl while wielding a machete. The victim went to the Phoenix apartment where Kuhn was after meeting another person on Facebook and agreeing to a date. Kuhn and two other men were also there. The victim tried to defend herself against Kuhn with a knife but Kuhn was able to disarm her. Kuhn is reportedly claiming that the sex was consensual and that ‘she said she was 18’, which is the age of consent in Arizona.
No matter how well your kids think they can defend themselves, nothing is ever absolute, and rarely do situations like that go as planned. Even at the tail end of their teenage years, kids still need to be reminded that not everyone they meet online is necessarily their friend no matter how nice they may seem, and scenarios like this should be avoided.
20-year-old Jim Persey, of Anchorage, Alaska, is accused of allegedly raping at least 10 women, some of whom he met through the dating app/social network MeetMe. Persey is said to have started his spree when he was 16 in 2014. He is accused of choking some of his victims into unconsciousness and holding them at knifepoint. Police say he told them he thought this is what women liked.
Police believe there could be more victims that have yet to come forward.
‘If you have information you believe may be relevant to this case, please contact Anchorage Police Detective Chris Thomas at (907) 786-8900. If you want to provide information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP.’
Persey is currently being held on $100,000 bond and is looking at a maximum sentence of 99 years.
He’s a symptom of a larger disease of antisocial troglodytes who believe it’s their God-given right to have sex with any woman they choose that has become prevalent on the internet and they tend to troll places like Tinder and MeetMe for victims.