Classifieds crime blotter 12/10/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/10/2017

Prostitution bust stemming from internet ads leads to two teens’ rescue from child sex trafficking:
Lexington, South Carolina. India Tykeyeh Cuyler, 23, and Donnell Salethian Woodard, 29, are accused of allegedly coercing two 16-year-old girls into prostitution on Backpage.

Mankato Police Seeking Help In Locating Suspects Involved In Robbery:
Minnesota. Man was robbed while trying to sell a phone on craigslist.

Police find missing St. Louis County teen in online escort ad; pimp pleads guilty:
52-year-old Sean McChord O’Donnell pleaaded guilty to prostituting a missing 15-year-old girl on Backpage in St. Louis. He’s not looking at much of a sentence.

New Castle Man Facing 15 Years In Prison For Child Sex Trafficking:
28-year-old Ronald Kyle Hartman, of New Castle, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for prostituting a 14-year-old girl on Backpage in both Penn. and Ohio. Hartman also got the girl hooked on heroin.

Woman warns about pet adoption ads after paying $500 for nothing:
Florida woman loses $500 after wiring money out-of-state for a dog on craigslist that doesn’t exist.
1. Don’t ever wire money to people you don’t know.
2. Don’t buy pets on craigslist.
Not only do you have to worry about non-existent pets, but too many puppy mills advertise on craigslist.

Delavan man pleads guilty in child-trafficking case:
22-year-old Octavion L. Keith, of Delavan, Wisconisn, pleaded guilty to prostituting a minor on Backpage. However he claimed that he was babysitting the girl’s siblings so she could make money as a prostitute. Riiiiiiiight.

Classifieds crime blotter 12/5/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/5/2017

Apartment Manager Finds Stolen Fridge For Sale On Craigslist:
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Craigslist)

Home rental scam steals mom’s Christmas money:
(Cincinnati, Ohio, Craigslist)

Lehigh Valley police discover nationwide sex trafficking ring including cities like Chicago, San Diego and more:
(Pennsylvania, Backpage)

El Paso men charged after stolen cellphone shows up on selling/purchasing app:
(Texas, Craigslist and OfferUp)

Couple warns rental scam has resurfaced in Central Maine with new twist:
(Craigslist)

Rental scam ruins vacation in Naples:
(Florida, Craigslist)

Officials warn public of online rental scams:
(Moorpark, California, Craigslist)

Huntsville police warn about ‘movie money’ counterfeit bills:
(Alabama, Craigslist)

Police: Stranger harasses woman with threatening texts, negative Craigslist ad:
(St. Louis, Missouri, Craigslist)

RSO accused of running child porn ring on Kik

Robert J. Holloran

Robert J. Holloran

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.

Sadly Holloran is probably far from the last sex offender or pedophile to be found operating within the confines of Kik.

Body of missing St. Louis soldier found

Robert Polk

Robert Polk

I’m saddened that I have to post that the body of 22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis was found this past Thursday. It appears that Mr. Polk had been there for some time however police have released that the cause of death appears to be a shooting. As you may recall Mr. Polk went missing a week ago today after going to look at a car that he found on craigslist.

Police aren’t saying if craigslist is related to his murder since they have not yet named a suspect. However police have said that there has been a transaction on one of Mr. Polk’s financial accounts that is said to have taken place after his death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers. The phone number is 866–3 71–8477.

As I mentioned in my last post about Mr. Polk too many people have been murdered in the past year or so after going to look for cars on craigslist. If a deal for a car looks too good to be true on craigslist it probably is. A lot of criminals use fake ads for cars as a way to lure a victim that they know will have a substantial amount of cash on them.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Polk.

UPDATE 11/1/2015: I received the following information from MissingVeterans.com on my Pinterest page

The regional CrimeStoppers organization is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the murder of Mr. Polk will be eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Call or text a crime tip to the CrimeStoppers hotline: 1-866-371-TIPS (8477)

St. Louis veteran goes missing after leaving to buy car on craigslist

 Robert Polk

Robert Polk

22-year-old Robert Polk of St. Louis has been missing since Saturday after leaving to go buy a car on craigslist. Mr. Polk had previously served in the Army and had recently saved up enough money to buy a new car.

Polk was last seen around 7 p.m. on October 3, wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

Anyone with information on Robert Polk’s whereabouts should contact the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-444-5309.

Unfortunately this is a recurring event. Just this year Taylor S. Clark of Illinois and Bud and June Runion of Georgia were both killed after going to buy cars on craigslist. Criminals will either advertise a popular car at a lower than usual price or advertise a classic car that is hard to come by. Usually the goal is robbery, insisting that the buyer brings cash, but occasionally it ends up in murder.

I pray to God that is not the case here.

Backpage child pimp caught in St. Louis

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Illinois man accused of prostituting teen:

22-year-old Richard Anderson of Illinois was recently arrested in St. Louis for allegedly prostituting a 17-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

As is expected in these stories Anderson is another coward who preys on children. According to police reports Anderson started turning the girl out when she was 16 and had been doing for 6 months when Anderson was arrested in a sting operation. Also as usual Anderson is accused of keeping all the money the girl made for himself and one time broke the girl’s nose by punching her in the face after she refused to see a john. Of course Anderson was the one who is said to have placed the ads on Backpage.

Hey Liz McDougall, how are those stringent reviews of the adult ads going. Didn’t you say they’re designed to keep children off of Backpage. And didn’t you recently sue the state of Washington for trying to enforce an ID check for people who post to the adult ads on Backpage.

You’re doing a bang up job of keeping traffickers from victimizing kids on your website. If you keep up the good work you’ll have that trafficking thing licked any day now.

In case you couldn’t tell that was sarcasm.

UPDATE 9/9/2012: Anderson has pleaded guilty and is looking at 20 years.

UPDATE 12/2/2012: Anderson was only sentenced to 5 years and 5 months. Why do these scumbags continue to get light sentences. If a politician’s daughter was turned out on Backpage you can bet that the sentences would be increased then.

2nd half of STL couple sentenced for backpage child trafficking

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Minneapolis woman gets prison time for prostituting teen:

I originally posted about Maurice Dontae Alexander and Latoshia Norris here and here. They were the pair that prostituted a 16-year-old girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

The pair tool the girl from St. Louis to Des Moines, Kansas City and Indianapolis.

For transporting the girl across several state lines for the purposes of prostitution Alexander only got 6 years. Last week Norris was sentenced to almost the same amount. She was sentenced to 51 months.

Again, like I need to say it, this sentence is a joke. Most of these street scum can do six years standing on their head. This is far from a deterrent to keep the traffickers from selling children.

When will lawmakers wake up to the fact that children are being sold online and make the sentences really commensurate for the crime committed.

ANd also once again backpage doesn’t care about these kids. They only care about the money they make. How come no one is trying to #Occupy the offices of VVM?

Half of STL pair sentenced for backpage child trafficking

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Man gets six years from federal judge in St. Louis for prostituting teen:

I originally posted about Maurice Dontae Alexander here. He is one half of a pair that admitted to turning out a 16-year-old runaway girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

Back in June he pleaded guilty to the charges against him and this week he was sentenced to a measly six years behind bars. He’ll be 31 when he gets out which will give him plenty of time to start up operations again.

Once again I have to point out that if the government and legislators took child sex trafficking seriously they would make the sentences much harsher not only for the pimps but also for the johns.

Hos cohort, Latoshia Norris, will be sentenced later this month.

Backpage child trafficking lawsuit dismissed

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Federal judge dismisses teen’s sex trafficking lawsuit against website:

I originally posted about the lawsuit against backpage here. For those of you who may not remember a 14-year-old girl from st. Louis sued backpage after she was prostituted on the site by 27-year-old Latasha Jewell McFarland. The lawsuit accused backpage of knowingly turning a blind eye to the trafficking of children that happens on their site. Unfortunately the lawsuit was recently dismissed.

The presiding judge threw out the suit based on the Communications Decency act which basically absolves any website of responsibly for content posted by its users. This act was put into place in 1996. In internet terms it might as well have been put in place during the Paleozoic era. I’m sure that when it was enacted in 1996 that it’s authors had no idea that this is what it would be used to protect, that it would be used to absolve those who know that children are being trafficked on their site and refuse to do anything about it.

This is not an argument about a ‘free internet’. This is an argument about real people who aren’t so free. The Communications Decency Act needs to be revised in the name of justice.

Couple admits to backpage child prostitution in STL

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Couple admit prostituting teen runaway found in St. Louis:

Maurice Dontae Alexander, 24, and Latoshia Norris, 25, are such nice people. They took in a 16-year-old runaway girl, clothed her and fed her and gave her shelter. They also pleaded guilty to prostituting the girl on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. when I said they were nice I was being sarcastic in case you couldn’t tell.

The pair is facing only six to 8 years in the federal pen. Again that’s not nearly enough time for the dregs of humanity that peddle children into sexual slavery.

And once again it shows how ineffectual backpage’s safeguards are to keep children from being peddled on their site. I’m even getting sick of myself having to point that out all the time.