There’s your no shit Sherlock headline of the year. This article is not about how sexual predators in general use social media to find their victims. I would think that readers of my site are already well aware of that danger. The article is really about one alleged predator in particular.
Early this past week police in Hamden, Connecticut arrested 21-year-old Edwin Arpi. Arpi is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl that he met online. The article did not state what website was used but Connecticut is no stranger to online predators going back to the heyday of MySpace. The victim says that Arpi assaulted her, choked her and threatened to kill her all in his car.
If your child is online and using social media you have to educate yourself to be smarter than them. Know what sites they’re using. Ask about their online friends. Get their passwords. Check their internet history. Set ground rules and if they’re not followed don’t be afraid to cut them off. Your kids’ safety is more important than their social status among their friends. In other words be their parent and not their buddy.
You can see my first post about MocoSpace here. For 7 years I’ve never posted a story about it and now not only am I posting 2 stories in 2 weeks but they both happened in the same city, San Antonio, Texas.
This time 22-year-old Aaron Herrera has been charged with having sex (child rape) with a 14-year-old girl that he mt on the mobile gaming social site. Police say that he had someone drive him to the girl’s house in Marion, Texas. The pair had sex on the way back to San Antonio. Then he kept the girl in San Antonio for three days where they repeatedly had sex. He then had someone else drive her back to Marion.
Herrera is using the ‘she said she was 19’ defense. Let me know how that works out for you. If you can’t tell the difference between a 14 and a 19-year-old than you have no business in the dating pool let alone the gene pool.
And where in the hell were this girl’s parents? She was gone for three whole days and was returned without so much anyone doing anything about it. According to the articles it was the girl herself who called police when she got home. A little false imprisonment maybe?
Castro’s ugly nephew over there is 52-year-old Jose Webster of San Antonio, Texas. He’s been charged with the alleged sexual assault of a mentally challenged 16-year-old girl that he met over MocoSpace. I know what you’re thinking. WTF is MocoSpace? That was my reaction to? I had obviously heard of it before since it was on my Google News alerts but I’ll be damned if I could find another post I did about it. It turns out that MocoSpace is a mobile gaming social network that has been around since 2005 and boasts 22 million users.
One of those users was Webster who police say convinced the girl to meet him at a bus station. It’s always a bus station with these jokers. Webster is said to have fondled the girl on several occasions and gave her money and stuff to keep her coming back. Eventually the girl moved in with Webster. He also allegedly told her that if she didn’t allow him to touch her she would have to leave.
Webster turned himself in after the girl was reported as missing. He is using the ‘I thought she was 18′ defense.
I’m not ready to lower the boom on MocoSpace just yet. In 7 years this is the first time I can remember something like this happening through their site. However when I go to their website I do get that MyYearbook vibe.
This should come as yet another warning to parents. Not only should you be monitoring your kids’ activities on their computers but their phones as well. If you think it’s too difficult because you don’t know how you better learn before your kid ends up in at a bus station in the hands of a predator.
In San Antonio police arrested 38-year-old Robert Parton for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Some other reports have stated the girl’s age as 15. Police say that Parton not only supplied her with crack for ‘sexual favors’ but that he also turned her out on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
The victim referred to Parton as her boyfriend of course. Parton would also take the money the girl made to buy more crack to give to the girl. That may be the most disgusting vicious cycle I’ve ever heard of.
Yet this is the type of person, and I use that term loosely, that backpage and VVM say has a first amendment right to post ads on their site in order to exploit underage girls.
In Indian River County, Florida police there have arrested 21-year-old Carlos Portugal for the alleged sexual assault of two women he met on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.
It’s unknown at this time why the women were meeting Portugal but police say he led them into the woods claiming that’s where his house was and then forced them to perform sex acts on him at gunpoint.
Backpage does have a personals section so it is possible that they met Portugal through there. However since it’s backpage one could be safe in assuming that these were working girls. However that shouldn’t let Portugal off the hook if they were.
Either way backpage is a dangerous place to meet people from and obviously they do nothing to protect their users whether they are prostitutes or not.
The dude with the haircut that he should return to 1974 is 42-year-old Kevin P. Yorgey of Lititz, Pennsylvania. Not surprisingly he is said to have used the name ‘Wolfman’ on his Facebook.
With that Facebook police say he met two sisters, 11 and 14, and got them to meet him at a park. At this more than creepy liaison it’s alleged that Dr. Zaius touched the girls in a sexual manner. The Missing Link was eventually busted after the girls’ parents discovered explicit text messages on one of their daughters’ phones.
I wonder if I’ll get defenders leaving comments that the 11-year-old lied about her age.
Rhome allegedly picked the girl up from her home at 2am in Pflugerville before taking her into the woods and assaulting (raping) her.
Apparently Rhome was not satisfied with just one victim as investigators say he was back online trying to solicit sex from another teen. That teen turned out to be cyber crime investigators who arrested Rhome in the same park where he raped his first victim.
I wonder how hard he was trying to get a middle school teaching job.
19-year-old Brian T. Jones of Paris, Ky was arrested for meeting with a 14-year-old runaway that he met on MySpace and molested her and kept from leaving at one point which resulted in Jones being charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.
This past week Jones pleaded guilty but he only pleaded guilty tothe lesser charge of criminal attempt to commit custodial interference.
Really, that’s it? That’s a load of crap. Another plea deal another sexual predator that’s going to be roaming the streets. He probably won’t even end up on the sex offender registry.