31-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, formerly of St. John’s, Florida, is spending 105 years in prison on child porn charges after pleading guilty in 2014. Chanlser would pose as a 15-year-old on MySpace, Stickam, and AIM to solicit underage girls for explicit pictures. Once he started getting pictures from the victim he would extort them into giving him more by threatening to post them online or send them to the victim’s friend. All told, federal investigators say that Chansler had 350 victims. So far only 109 of his victims have been identified and the FBI is still searching for the other 241 victims. The feds also say that pictures of 49 of his victims are still being traded among pedophiles today. This article has a list of many of the usernames he used on the various platforms.
For those of you who may not remember, Stickam was a video chat site that was constantly embroiled in controversy. The website shut down for good in early 2013.
Additional details about this story and tips on how to avoid this kind of extortion can be found at the FBI website.
Normally I don’t like linking to TechCrunch but it was the closest thing I could find to a legitimate news outlet that was covering this.
Anyway, on January 31st, 2013 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time the live streaming video and chat site Stickam stopped broadcasting for good. In the company’s last blog post they warned users that they were closing down but gave no real reason as to why.
For those of you who had no idea what Stickam was it was a live video chat site that allowed users to broadcast and chat with other users. The main problem was is that it’s only age restriction was that you only had to be 14 to be on the site and of course they did not check ages. They also used to allow private rooms which more than one predator took advantage of. The most infamous incident from Stickam is when one John Hock sexually assaulted a woman live on cam.
I think their demise started when they did away with private rooms back in 2009. They tried having a paid private room level of service but they also said that they wouldn’t tolerate anything sexually in the private rooms. For the most part people only went to Stickam for live porn in my opinion. While there may have been any number of emo attention whores and dope smoking Juggalos on their channels for the most part Stickam was all about live porn. Without that I’m sure the majority of their users left in droves. I’m surprised it took 4 years for them to finally close the doors.
This isn’t a reason for celebration though. In the years since Stickam turned off private rooms a number of smaller webcam sites have started geared strictly towards porn and some even make money for their users. Some have strict age verification while most do not allowing anyone of any age to get on cam and expose themselves for a few bucks.
Again I say that it is the job of the parent to make sure that their kids don’t end up on any sites like these. As I’ve said many times before no underage kid needs a webcam and if they do have one they should never be allowed to use the computer unattended. You wouldn’t open their bedroom windows for predators so why would you open one that would allow the entire internet into their rooms?
45-year-old Robert Vincent Peace of Lake Forest, California was recently arrested and pleaded not guilty to child porn charges. According to investigators the former kids soccer coach was a Stickam predator.
In 2009 Peace allegedly met a 13-year-old girl on the live streaming site and convinced her to send explicit videos of herself to him. Once he got the videos police say that he threatened the girl into sending him more explicit images by saying that he would post the videos online if she didn’t. Peace is said to have posted the videos online anyway. For most of 2009 Stickam still had their private rooms where basically anything went regardless of age.
This came to light in 2011 when a family member of Peace’s discovered child porn on Peace’s computer. Not only did that lead to the alleged videos of his Stickam victim but close to 2000 other child porn images.
Peace is actually a citizen of the UK and is being held on $500K bond.
Anyone with additional information or who may have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714-347-8794 or ICE’s toll-free 24-hour tip line at 866-DHS-2ICE.
Even though Stickam got rid of their private rooms almost 3 years ago there are still plenty of shady live video streaming sites out there. If you don’t want your child becoming a victim to one of these predators than I suggest you make sure they don’t have access to a webcam and keep all computers in a common area of the house.
No 13-year-old needs a webcam and as I’ve said before letting them have one is just an open invitation for sexual predators to virtually enter their rooms.
UPDATE 3/3/2012: While examining Peace’s computer investigators found that Peace had another victim from Stickam. This time it was a 14-year-old girl from Virginia.
I originally posted about 39-year-old Michael G. Meany Jr. of Metairie, Louisiana here. Back then I posted about how he was arrested for soliciting a 15-year-old girl on MySpace and that police didn’t have to look too hard for him because he was already in jail for a similar crime. ‘Similar crime’ was an understatement.
It turns out that Meany not only solicited the girl over MySpace but also exchanged explicit pictures with the girl and went to Mississippi to have sex (child rape) with the girl. Yes, even in Mississippi the age of consent is 16. But it doesn’t end there.
Meany also has claimed to cyberstalked a 13-year-old girl from Maine and again the term ‘stalked’ is an understatement…
In one instance involving a 13-year-old girl from Brewer, Maine, for example, Meany said he kept notes showing he “attempted to control all aspect of Victim 3’s life by monitoring her online activity (and) monitoring her via her cell phone while she attended middle school, researched where she attended the middle school and conducted web-based searches for directions to her residence,” according to court records.
He also had a threesome with a 15-year-old Louisiana girl and her 16-year-old friend of the girl.
Meany also used Stickam to troll for victims as well. On most sites that he used he claimed to be a teen before revealing his real age to his victims.
Last week Meany pleaded guilty to the charges against him and is looking at 15 to life in the federal pen. Sentencing is scheduled for September 29th.
Meany may have solicited sex from as many underage girls as 100. That sounds like 100 sets of parents who have no idea what their kids are doing on the internet. Remember what I always say, parents are the first and last line of defense between online predators and children.
In the article it talks about a predator that was on Stickam that tried using the modeling scam before trying to blackmail a 16-year-old girl. I’ve given Stickam a lot of crap in the past but they have cleaned up their act a lot by eliminating private rooms.
Let’s get back to the modeling scam though. How it works is a predator or pimp will prey upon a teenage girl’s vanity by telling her that she’s pretty and that he can get her into modeling. It will start by them asking the girl for pictures in a bathing suit or her underwear then it will progress into requests for more explicit photos or videos. In some stories that I’ve posted girls have gotten on buses to see these ‘modeling agents’ and ended up being raped. Others have been turned out on to the streets for prostitution.
If I had a daughter that was in those vulnerable teenage years I would explain to her that the odds of becoming a high end fashion model are Powerball winning odds and that legitimate modeling agents don’t troll social and webcam sites for teen models. Then I’d take the webcam out of her room if she had one.
22-year-old emo douchebag John Hock of Arizona was arrested back in 2009 for sexually assaulting his then girlfriend while she was passed out from drinking. Not only did Hock assault her while she was unconscious but he did so while live streaming it on the webcam site Stickam.
Hock was a minor Stickam celebrity/attention whore who had somewhat of following by other Stickam attention whores who came to his defense more or less blaming the victim for underage drinking instead of focusing on the real crime.
Not enough if you ask me. Not only did he practically rape this girl but he did it live on the internet. However I’m guessing his effeminate mannerisms that he displayed on Stickam will make him some friends on the inside. It might be a long year for John Hock.
Since that time Stickam has cleaned up its act however it’s still not a site you should let your children on unattended.
I originally posted about emo douchebag #2 Richard Alan Chaney here. The 25-year-old Chaney from Costa Mesa, California was arrested a year ago for violating two underage girls that he met on Stickam. One was 14 and the other was 17. The 17-year-old he violated while she was unconscious. Chaney videotaped his encounters with both girls.
Chaney pleaded guilty to the charges against him and was sentenced to 9 years in state prison. Those charges were one felony count each of oral copulation of a minor under 16, contacting a child with the intent to distribute pornography to a minor, sexual penetration by foreign object of an unconscious victim and oral copulation of an unconscious person.
Nine years don’t seem enough. Then again 9 years in a California state prison may be a lifetime for a child molester like Chaney. Also California does have some hardcore prisons like Folsom and San Quentin. If we’re lucky maybe he’ll serve his time at one of those.
Plus this gives me hope that the original Sticakm emo douchebag John Hock will see some prison time as well.
And as an added bonus here is the court record of Chaney’s pleas. It looks like this was a plea deal since the charge of rape of an unconscious person was dismissed. Damn plea deals.
The article I linked to is a press release which I normally don’t link to. However if what the release says is true it’s huge news.
I’ve given Stickam a bunch of shit in the past for their lax policies for allowing minors to be harassed and sexual assaults to be broadcast. It seems that era may have come to an end.
Stickam is announcing that they are enacting a zero tolerance policy towards sexual material and will give out lifetime bans to anyone who violates the policy.
However this does not mean that Stickam or any site is completely safe. As I keep saying parents are the only true defense against internet predators and once again I would implore parents to not let your kids have webcams or let them have computers in their rooms.
I have to commend Stickam. Not only did they remove the private room feature on their site but when they introduced a paid feature for private rooms they specifically mentioned that nudity or anything sexual will not be permitted. They’ve come a long way. However that doesn’t mean that parents should be any less vigilant with their children.
45-year-old Thomas Haas of Racine, Wisconsin allegedly posed as a 17-year-old on Stickam calling himself “Chriss Jensen”. On Stickam he met a 14-year-old girl from Athens, Georgia and the two exchanged explicit pictures of themselves. Haas also allegedly sent the girl lingerie and used his own 12-year-old son to pose as his fictional 12-year-old brother.
The victim’s father found out who in turn contacted police.
The sick parts are that Haas told police that they were ‘just talking’ and didn’t think they were doing anything wrong and that the girl still has feelings for Haas even though she now knows his real age and identity.
Again I have to reiterate no 14-year-old needs a webcam and should not have one especially if you allow them to have their computer in their room. While we’re at it kids shouldn’t have computers in their room anyway. They should be in a common area of the house so that parents could keep an eye on their activity.