38-year-old Mario Alston, of Las Vegas, is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl from nearby Henderson, Nevada. Alston allegedly placed an ad on craigslist that the victim is said to have responded to. The contents of the ad are as of yet unknown, however, the conversation soon moved to the mobile messaging app Kik, where the victim is said to have given Alston her address. When the girl’s parents weren’t home Alston reportedly went to the home and sexually assaulted the girl.
I know this sounds like just another Kik kreeper, because the app is rampant with sex offenders and pedophiles, but there is something I wanted to address from the article I linked to.
Detectives say Alston and the 13-year-old started communicating non-stop on the “Kik” app. It’s an app where messages can be hidden from parents.
While Kik is a preferred tool of predators, the messages are only hidden from parents if parents choose not to check their kids’ phones. Despite all of its faults it’s not an app designed to be hidden from parents, you just have to now what to look for. I’ve even included a picture of what the app icon looks like at right. Both Android phones and iPhones have a button that list all the apps that are on the phone. Don’t just rely on the apps that are on the phone’s main screen. Again, you may trust your child, but do you trust the strangers they may be talking to?
Again, I hate the use of portmanteaus like ‘sextortion’ but they’ve become a necessary evil.
Speaking of evil, 22-year-old Zachary Myers is accused in three Colorado counties of sexually assaulting underage girls. Myers is said to have used a new twist on the extortion trick. Normally a predator like this would threaten their victims or the victims’ families with violence if they didn’t comply with their requests. Myers, on the other hand, allegedly threatened to kill himself if his victims did not comply. He is even said to have gone as far as keeping a photo on his phone of himself holding a shotgun in his mouth. He reported used this trick mostly on Kik in the sexual assault of at least three different victims in Jefferson, Weld and Denver counties. His victims range from ages 13 to 16. In each case Myers is accused of allegedly either forcing himself on them or attempting to. Myers was also said to have been in possession of several explicit pictures of underage girls.
Normally, this is where I go on about how Kik is just crawling with sex offenders and pedophiles, and I guess I just did, but the article brings up a great tip about your kids’ electronic devices. It recommends that you may want to consider taking your kids’ devices away at night. Some of you may say that you trust your child too much to do that and that’s fine, but do you trust whoever they’re talking to on the other side?
18-year-old Kaalum Scott, of Osceola County, Florida, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Scott reportedly met the girl last year, you know…when she was TWELVE, and recently looked her up on the mobile messaging app Kik. He is then said to have threatened the girl over Kik by sending her a picture of himself with a gun while threatening violence against her and her family if she didn’t ‘have sex’ with him. Scott allegedly got his way before his victim told her family.
While being questioned by police Scott at first denied everything, but while in questioning police say that his phone went off after receiving a new Kik message from a male friend…
The affidavit states Scott’s phone went off in the interview room with a message on Kik that read, “See, that is why I told you not to send her any pictures or anything, just deny everything!”
This would be almost comical if we weren’t discussing the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.
13-years-old is the minimum age to be on Kik according to their terms of service. Maybe that’s why it’s so attractive to the plethora of sex offenders and pedophiles that infest its network.
Juan de Jesus Reyes-Palomino was arrested in Sparks, Nevada, for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her own home. Reyes-Palomino allegedly responded to a woman’s ad who was selling children’s clothes on craigslist. Once he got in the woman’s home he allegedly began to ask the woman personal questions before touching her inappropriately. Police believe he may have more victims…
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness 775-322-4900.
This story goes to show two things. One, craigslist is polluted with guys like these with their activity in just about every section and two, you should never have anyone from craigslist ever come to your home.
36-year-old Scott Prince of Naples, Florida, is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting an underage girl. He is said to have met the girl on the random web chat site Omegle. Here is a list of his alleged offenses courtesy of WINKNews.com…
The pair met on three different occasions between December 2015 and Jan. 23:
A Bob Evans restaurant off Northbrooke Plaza Drive in December. They had sex in a nearby parking lot, the report said.
At Prince’s home in January. She was asked to perform sexual acts, the report said.
On Saturday, she was forced to perform sexual acts in his den, then was sexually assaulted in his bedroom, the report said.
Here’s the thing about Omegle. Some reports call it an app but it’s not. Omegle is just a website, It can be used on any device that has a camera and an internet connection. It works amazingly well not only on PCs but on mobile devices as well. The only thing you need to use Omegle is a web browser. So if you’re looking for an Omegle app you won’t find one. If you’re looking for it on any of your kids’ devices you’ll have to check the browser history.
The other think about Omegle is that I don’t think enough law enforcement agencies are aware of the site. ‘Omegle arrests’ and ‘can I be arrested from Omegle?’ are the top search terms people use to find my website yet there aren’t enough arrests in proportion to the number of searches I receive. Kik makes many more headlines with arrests being involved yet hardly anyone searches for that. It leads me to believe that Omegle is possibly just as rife as Kik is with predators. The problem may be that Omegle doesn’t require any kind of user account as its purpose is to connect you with someone random regardless of age. That kind of anonymity combined with the number of kids that are on it and the lack of law enforcement involvement is a dangerous mix.
Police departments can offer all the space they want for people to feel safe while transacting business through craigslist but something like this can’t be prevented unless parents make sure their kids are staying off of craigslist. Craigslist sure isn’t looking out for your kids after all.
As I’ve mentioned before, the most popular search term for this website is “omegle arrests”. Not just when Omegle happens to be in the news but every day. Not a day goes by when dozens of people are landing on this website after searching for Omegle arrests which leads me to believe that there’s a lot more illegal activity going on at Omegle than what we’re hearing. For those of you who are still unfamiliar with Omegle it is a webcam chat site that anonymously pairs users with someone to chat to. There is no registration for the site and if there is an age restriction it doesn’t feel like it’s being enforced at all. They do occasionally report some cases of abuse to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) but for every one they report how many cases of predatory activity are going unreported.
Just recently police in Anoka, Minnesota, arrested 23-year-old Casey Lee Chinn for the alleged kidnapping and sexual assaults of two 13-year-old girls. Chinn is said to have met the girls on Omegle then arranged to pick up the girls and take them to his house. He told the girls to be quiet because he lived at home with his folks. Some reports say that Chinn’s room was located in the basement. Take that for what you will. Police found the girls the next morning by tracking one of their cell phones. Also not surprising is that Chinn is a high school volleyball coach. I’m not saying that all high school coaches are child molesters but there have been enough of them recently that it’s not a surprise anymore.
I know I’m probably preaching to the choir at this point but if you have teen age kids please make sure that you’re aware of their web habits especially with webcams. No one wants to find their child in the basement of a child predator.
I really wanted to use one of those “You won’t believe what happened next” type of headlines because I think this something that all parents and kids need to see. However I refuse to stoop to those levels.
Anyway, 31-year-old Steven A. Bahr of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl after she posted a pic of herself on Snapchat. For those of you who may not know Snapchat is a smartphone app where the picture someone takes is supposed to disappear after a certain amount of time, usually within seconds.
Reports say that the girl sent out a picture of herself at a local supermarket. Bahr allegedly replied to the photo asking if she wanted to ‘chill’. Bahr is said to have driven up to the girl and asked her to get in. When she refused Bahr supposedly grabbed the girl by the arm and put her in his truck. They made several stops before getting to Bahr’s place but the victim said she was afraid to ask for help. The alleged assault took place at Bahr’s residence. The girl reportedly said she was 17 on Snapchat but told Bahr that she was 15 before the assault took place.
Usually I’m not one to have problems with a victims story but I have a problem with this one. The first is that I thought someone had to be on your friends list to see your Snapchat pictures. (Please correct me if I’m wrong about that.) Was Bahr on hers? Secondly the fact that she lied about her age and didn’t ask for help during any stops make me wonder IF she voluntarily went with Bahr.
HOWEVER none of that matters because of one thing, the age of consent in Wisconsin is 18. 17, let alone 15, is well out of range of a 31-year-old man.
So parents, once again I say to you check your kids’ phones for this app. If they have it make sure you know who everyone on their friends list is. If you feel that your child should not have an app like Snapchat take steps to have it removed and blocked from the phone. I’m sure you don’t your child getting into the truck of a man in his 30s alone.
A 16-year-old girl responded to the ad and is even said to have told Rube her real age. Sadly this was not an undercover detective but an actual girl who Rube allegedly had sexual contact with. The girl’s mother discovered the e-mails between Rube and the victim.
Since when is 16-years-old considered ‘adult’? This also shows that kids are on craigslist despite what the creeper defenders say.
In Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, investigators there have arrested 27-year-old Melvin Rivera Gonzalez for allegedly using messaging app Kik to solicit sex from a 15-year-old girl. That girl turned out to be a federal investigator. The middle school he worked for reported him for allegedly using Kik to lure a student.
In Glastonbury, Connecticut, police there arrested 24-year-old Mijael Fabian for allegedly using Kik to communicate with a 12-year-old girl. Unfortunately in this case police weren’t involved until it was too late. Fabian is accused of meeting with the girl and having ‘inappropriate sexual contact’. As opposed to appropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old. Fabian wasn’t caught until the victim’s mother found explicit photos on her daughter’s cell phone.
As I’ve said previously to parents, I would recommend checking your kids’ phones for apps like Kik. It’s up to you what to do if you do find them but it my opinion no 12-year-old should have any kind of messaging apps on their phone. If it was my child they wouldn’t be allowed to download any app without my say so.