Registered sex offender and possible missing link Christopher Coates, 41, of Carpinteria, California, recently pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court to allegedly making and receiving child porn on mobile messaging app Kik. Coates is no stranger to the world of child porn as he was previously convicted of child porn twice and for sexually assaulting a disabled female at a home for the disabled where he worked. Obviously those ‘harsh’ jail sentences and ‘rehabilitation’ didn’t have an effect on this one not to mention his time on the registry. Then again he is just a caveman pedophile and our world frightens and confuses him. Sometimes when he gets a message on Kik he wonders if little demons got inside his phone and typed it.
50-year-old Robert Blaine Harris was recently indicted for allegedly kidnapping and raping two teen girls that he met on dating and social app Skout. Harris is accused of luring two 13-year-old girls from Abilene, Texas, to his home in Fort Worth where he allegedly repeatedly raped them. Here is what one of the victims actually thought…
“I thought we were just going to stay with him a day or two,” the teen said in January. “He had other plans.”
I can’t stress this enough to teens on social media. If an adult who you don’t know is befriending you on social media and is acting like they want to help you they only really want to help themselves to one thing. Harris is also a registered sex offender who was convicted of assaulting two women.
Skout is best described as a dating app and 13-year-olds have no business being on it. In the Android Play Store Skout is listed as an app for people 17 and over. That is just a general rating like the movie or video game ratings. I would personally say that it’s not for anyone under 18. Know what apps are on your kids’ devices.
UPDATE 10/27/2016: Harris was sentenced to 14 years behind bars.
26-year-old James Clemens Jr. of Taylor, Pennsylvania, is a registered sex offender who was recently arrested for allegedly posting child porn to Tumblr. Clemens pleaded guilty in 2011 to bad-touching some kids at a church picnic. He’s also charged with not registering his Tumblr account with the state like I’m sure all sex offenders do.
How about instead of putting them on a registry we keep them in jail with real sentences. That will keep them from re-offending for a while.
With the recent news of mobile messaging app Kik being connected to the murder of Nicole Lovell a copious amount of Kik creepers have emerged from the woodwork. Some of whom look like they literally came from the woodwork.
For example, take 39-year-old Robert J. Holloran of St. Louis. He is accused of running a child porn group on Kik called “youngtorture”. Let that settle in for a minute. Holloran was not only charged with allegedly downloading thousands of child porn images but since he’s a registered sex offender he was also charged with failing to register his social media accounts.
26-year-old Timothy Walker seems to fit the nomenclature of both sex offender and pedophile that seem to be so prevalent on the smart phone messaging app Kik. Walker was arrested for allegedly trying to solicit explicit pictures from an 11-year-old boy in Murfreesboro. Not only that but police say that Walker also tried to get the 11-year-old to send him explicit pictures of the boy’s 6-year-old sister. The NewsChannel 5 article states that the boy’s parents found photos on the boy’s phone but doesn’t elaborate on what kind of pictures they were. Since police say that Walker was posing as a child on Kik he may have sent the boy child porn. Walker is also a registered sex offender but the article is unclear as to what his prior offense was.
I know they probably don’t feel that great right now but hats off to the parents about being proactive with their kid’s phone. No 11-year-old needs to be on Kik no matter how many of their friends might be.
Police believe there may be more victims and are using Walker’s phone to possibly track down more suspects since Kik is an active trading place of child porn.
Knowledge is power and you can use that power to protect your kids from online predators.
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.
34-year-old Calvin Patrick of Mt. Morris, New York, was recently charged for allegedly displaying child porn through his Kik messaging account. He is also believed to have been in contact with minor girls from other states.
What makes Patrick so reprehensible is not just the child porn charges but the child porn was probably discovered while he was being investigated after he was arrested for allegedly holding a woman prisoner repeatedly raping her for months. Unfortunately as the old slogan goes, but wait, there’s more.
Patrick was supposedly a level one sex offender. Level ones are considered the least likely to offend, in theory. Obviously that was not the case with Patrick since he went from pleading guilty to child porn possession in 2008 to not only torturing his victim for months but according to reports he was said to have been talking to an 11-year-old girl on Kik and commenting to a witness about how he wanted to keep the girl locked up.
Sadly it appears that keeping victims imprisoned is becoming a trend for Kik kreepers.
As usual, and it’s a shame we have to call this usual, this is the type of story that your kids need to see in order to understand the consequences for talking to adult strangers not only on Kik but any social or messaging app.
Lastly this should show that there should be no ‘levels’ when it comes to sex offenders and pedophiles. I’m reminded of Michael Jacques of Vermont from back in the MySpace days. He raped and killed his own niece, Brooke Bennett. He was also a sex offender who completed a ‘program’ in order to get an early release from prison. There’s only one level of sex offender and they’re all capable of committing barbaric atrocities such as this.
UPDATE 4/15/2017: Patrick has pleaded guilty to the child porn charges against him and faces a sentence of 15-40 in July. I was unable to find any information regarding the status of the rape charges against him for allegedly keeping a woman captive for months as his unwilling sex slave.
UPDATE 7/13/2017: Patrick was sentenced to 24 years behind bars for the child porn charges.
Minneapolis police say that registered sex offender Raymond Andrew Berg allegedly placed an ad on craigslist that seemed to be targeted to homeless or runaway girls.
According to the criminal complaint, the Minneapolis Police Department got a tip about the ad on Saturday, Nov. 7, which said, “Homeless? Had a fight with parents or bf? Need a place to stay tonight?” The ad offered free rent, rides, food and “whatever u need” if “you help me,” according to the complaint.
Police responded to the ad posing as a 15-year-old girl where police say he asked the girl for phone sex. I guess his intentions weren’t just for helping someone off the street. Berg was arrested at a pre-determined meeting place.
As I said recently that this is an everyday occurrence on craigslist and they refuse to do anything about it. While this time there was no actual girl that doesn’t mean that victims are being preyed upon every day by people like this on craigslist. Do they all have to be 4-years-old for anyone to care?
This past Friday the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the law that bans registered sex offenders from using social networks like Facebook. I’m actually ambivalent about this law mostly because it was pushed by NC Attorney General Roy Cooper back in the MySpace days as a piece of feel good legislation designed to get him re-elected. It must have worked because he’s still in office. When it first passed I argued that it really does nothing to protect kids from the predators who haven’t been caught yet.
Since that time I’ve referred to the law as the ‘Dumbfish’ law. I call it that because it is akin to a dumb fish jumping into a fisherman’s boat. Registered sex offenders in NC are supposed to register their e-mail addresses and social networking profiles with the state. In theory all they would need to do is just use a new e-mail address. However that has not stopped several sex offenders in NC from being caught in the Dumbfish net.
The main reason I’m ambivalent to the law is that no one should expect the government to raise your kids. As I tend to say parents are the only real line of defense between online predators and their kids.
I originally posted about 58-year-old Donald Tisdale of Albertville, Minnesota, here. He was arrested earlier this year for soliciting sex from an underage girl on craigslist after posting an ad that said “Who’s playing hooky from school today???” Of course it was law enforcement that was actually responding to the ad.
Back in July, Tisdale was sentenced to only three days in jail and three years probation. The reasoning behind such a light sentence?
“If you don’t have any prior criminal background and you’re into something like this, many times you’ll be cut a break,” said criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino. “If there was actually a juvenile involved and any type of touching he would be in much more trouble.”
That’s ludicrous. Just because someone doesn’t have a criminal record doesn’t mean this is their first time soliciting sex from kids. Not to mention that we have to wait for one of these scumbags to actually violate a child before they can receive real jail time. These are the kind of criminals that need to be kept behind bars and not on some registry that doesn’t discourage anything. When it comes to sex offenders, especially when children are involved, there should be no deals. I would have no problem paying extra taxes to keep these cretins behind bars longer.