19-year-old Evan Anderson Berkland, of Ankeny, Iowa, is accused of using Snapchat to lure an 11-year-old girl into sex. Berkland allegedly used the photo sharing app to lure the girl to a local gym where they ‘had sex’ in the gym’s bathroom. Again, if you’re new here, I call that child rape. No 11-year-old, no matter how mature they may seem, has any concept of the ramifications that an actual sexual relationship entails. Berkland is also accused of sending the girl an explicit image of himself and requested the girl reciprocate.
How many times do I have to say it? No one under 13 needs to be on Snapchat, and even if they’re 13 or over parents still need to check to see who their children are talking with through these apps. For all we know this miscreant could have abducted her since he was reportedly able to get her into a gym’s bathroom. Again, you may trust your child, but do you trust every stranger on the internet they’re talking to?
Back in olden times, I use to post stories about unintelligent criminals who would post their crimes on social media and then think that the police never look at such things. I’m not saying I invented that type of content, but after a while everybody started posting stories like that. So being the hipster crime blogger that I am I stopped, but on occasion a story in that vein compels me to post about it once again.
Take for example, our subject above, one 35-year-old Christopher Conway of Phoenix, Arizona. I mean that mugshot alone would probably want to make me post about him even if he was caught for jaywalking. Sadly, that’s not the crime that Conway was arrested for. He was arrested for allegedly violently assaulting his girlfriend and posting the heinous act on the mobile picture sharing app Snapchat.
This wasn’t your ‘typical’ domestic violence either, not that domestic violence should ever be called typical but Conway is said to have gone to some brutally violent extremes…
According to court records, the alleged victim told police that Conway taped her hands, feet, and mouth up. The tapes, according to court documents, were removed and reapplied several times. Police also said the man used weapons, including knives, cigarettes, and a drill, which left various visible injuries. Conway reportedly placed a drill to the alleged victim’s head to tangle her hair.
Conway is said to have taken the woman’s phone and taken a picture of her naked and bound and posted it to Snapchat. When asked about the photo and the incident Conway reportedly replied that it was just “a game”. What fucking game involves knives, cigarettes and a drill? That sounds more like a biker gang initiation. Calling this “a game” is right up there with pedophiles saying they’re just ‘hanging out’ with children.
I have no tolerance for domestic abusers. They’re cowards who think that they have the right to abuse their partners, some even going as far to brag about it, which seems like what Mr. Neck Tattoo did here.
If you’re caught in abusive relationship and need help please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You don’t have to take it and you deserve better. There is no man or woman out there worth being tortured over.
25-year-old Jordan David Newman, of Panama City, Florida, was recently arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Before we continue any further, it really shouldn’t be called a sexual relationship but rather child rape, and the age of consent in Florida is 18 for those that need reminding. Reportedly, Newman is also a local EMT who used the fire station to have sex with the girl. Newman is also accused of using photo sharing app Snapchat to exchange sexually explicit pictures and communicate with his victim.
While I tend to mainly post about online predators, the truth is that a child is more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone they know. That’s not to say that these ‘familiar’ predators still won’t use the same tools as the online predators. Newman is said to be a friend of the girl’s family. Even if that friend is one of your family’s most trusted associates, it’s highly inappropriate for a 25-year-old man to be having Snapchat conversations with a 16-year-old girl. Any decent man should know that.
24-year-old Francisco Javier Soledad, of Eastvale, California, was arrested by both ICE and Homeland Security for allegedly threatening children over Snapchat into sending him explicit pictures of themselves. Soledad is accused of using one of the most common online predator tricks of posing as someone he’s not in order to try to gain the trust of his victims. He reportedly posed as both an adult woman and a 13-year-old boy.
When Soledad is said to have convinced a 13-year-old Illinois boy to send him an explicit video, the boy blocked him on Snapchat, but Soledad used other multiple Snapchat accounts to threaten the boy into sending him more. The boy’s parents contacted law enforcement, and when federal investigators searched Soledad’s devices they are said to have found over 5,000 child porn images. Most of the images were said to be made by Soledad’s victims, the majority of whom have not been identified. Soledad’s main Snapchat username was said to be ‘linkinparkrocks’, and investigators are looking for additional victims.
Officials are encouraging anyone with information about Soledad or his Snapchat handle, “linkinparkrocks,” to call HSI’s toll-free tip line at 1-866-234-7423.
This presents a good opportunity to talk to your kids about a number of things when it comes to using social media. The first is that no matter what stories they’ve heard to the contrary, if an adult is approaching them in a sexual manner online, it’s not out of a romantic interest but a malicious one. The second thing is that once pictures or videos of them have been posted to social media, they are out there forever, no matter how much the app or network tells you that they disappear.
32-year-old Richard Jay Johns, of Tulsa County, Oklahoma, was a physical therapist. That was before he allegedly inappropriately touched an underage girl during a therapy session. As if he thought his game was that strong, Johns is also accused of sending a picture of his Little Johns to his victim on the photo sharing app Snapchat. According to reports this wasn’t Johns’ first rodeo as the victim’s family was able to provide police with the name of a second victim who Johns allegedly sent a risqué picture to on Snapchat.
I’d be curious to know how Johns was able to find these girls on Snapchat. It could be that the girls were just being friendly in giving out their Snapchat names. Or they could have posted their Snapchat usernames somewhere public, like on a different social network like Facebook. If they did that, it wouldn’t take long for a stalker or predator to find them in order to send unsolicited dick pics. Sharing your Snapchat username indiscriminately isn’t going to make you famous, it will make you a target.
Anuj and Leslie Chopra, 41 and 42 respectively of Jamestown Township, Michigan, are accused of trying to lure teen friends of their 16-year-old daughter into sex. Mr. Chopra is accused of allegedly offering 16 and 17-year-old boys to perform sex acts for money while Chopra would record the acts. Mrs. Chopra is accused of allegedly sending explicit pictures to the 16-year-old boy through Snapchat in order to get the boy into bed.
According to Wikiepdia, the age of consent in Michigan is 16 unless one is an authority figure, then it’s 18. It could be argued that a friend’s parent is somewhat of an authority figure, however, the point is moot since Mr. Chopra allegedly offered money to the teens. Because of the money the charge becomes human trafficking.
It always amazes me when a romantically involved couple agree on such a horrible idea. I always wonder how that conversation gets started. “Hey honey, you know what would make our marriage even better? If I recorded you getting tag-teamed by two underage boys?” With her replying “I know just the way to do it to, I’ll send porn to one of our daughter’s friends on Snapchat.””BRILLIANT!”
It used to be, back in the day, that parents had each others backs, now you can’t even trust them.
18-year-old Adonis Jackson, of Elmore County, Alabama, has been charged with the production of child porn and second-degree rape. Jackson allegedly used Snapchat and Facetime in order to obtain explicit pictures of 16-year-old students. Once he obtained the pictures Jackson is said to have extorted his victims into having sex with him.
These are the same tactics used by much older predators except in this case the predator doesn’t have to pose as a teen because he is one. He also deserves the same type of prosecution as these older predators as well. Just because he’s closer in age to his victims doesn’t make him any less of an abuser.
This is also a good lesson for kids that Snapchat pictures don’t disappear like the app may claim, and anything that makes its way out on to the internet is out there forever.
20-year-old Keefer Mckenzie Ngirngesechei of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is accused of using social media to force two underage girls into having sex with him. Ngirngesechei allegedly used Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat to solicit naked photos from girls. Once the victims complied he threatened to publish the pictures if they didn’t have sex with him. So far two 15-year-old girls have been victims of his scheme. The suspect is being held on $75K bail. Police believe he may have more victims.
Police believe there may be other teenage victims of Ngirngesechei. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police at 570-459-3890.
Make no mistake, if the charges are true this is definitely a case of rape. Any time a man forces women to have sex with him under any kind of threatening conditions it’s rape, and any man who commits these acts should be labeled as a rapist.
Child abuse will not lead to a child no longer act out like this. As a matter of fact, it will probably make them act like this even more. With this kind of behavior and the following abuse, you could be looking at a girl who ends up having a warped sense of sexuality, which could lead to future abuse by potential relationship partners and it could also lead her down a road of sex trafficking which could include prostitution, stripping and porn.
(Thanks to Lady Gray for her editorial assistance)
For you sick freaks who are looking for the pics I have it on good authority they can be found here.
Speaking of age, because I know some of you will try to argue this point, the age of consent in California is 18 and they’re pretty serious about it. According to Wikipedia, no one may have sexual contact with anyone under 18.
Investigators believe Martin may have tried to lure other young girls around the Sacramento area. Anyone who suspects their child may have been a victim is asked to contact detectives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As usual the same cautions apply, learn to use these apps, know who your kids’ online friends are, and hold on to their devices at night. If not, you may find your child in the home of a 33-year-old pervert.