46-year-old Kik kreeper sends tablet to teen

46-year-old Kik kreeper sends tablet to teen

Eric Beckman

(Story broke 5/9/2017)

46-year-old Eric Beckman of Browntown, Wisconsin, is accused of allegedly using the Kik messaging app to solicit a 13-year-old girl for explicit pictures. Beckman posed as a 19-year-old pig farmer named Tommy Lee Holmes. While the article doesn’t explicitly state it, it gives the impression that Beckman did allegedly receive explicit photos from his young victim. Posing as someone who is closer to their victim’s age is a common trick used by many online predators.

Beckman is said to have even gone as far as to send a tablet to the teen through the mail. While tablets aren’t the most expensive pieces of tech anymore, this does show how far some predators will go to circumvent parental monitoring. So if you take away your kid’s device, the predator can still communicate with them with this secondary device. Again, with most messaging apps, all you need to use one is a wi-fi enabled device and an internet connection. They do not require a cellular signal.

At last report, Beckaman was free on bond.

Kik is probably the most frequently used app by predators who try to communicate with kids. As I’ve said many times in the past, Kik is inundated with sex offenders, pedophiles, and child porn collectors. If your kids are using Kik, make sure you know who everyone is on their friends list. If they can’t give you a last name of their friend or if their friend is not local or known to you, delete that contact or reconsider allowing your kids to use Kik.

Wisconsin Kik kreeper accused of abducting Michigan girl

Wisconsin KIk kreeper accused of abducting Michigan girl

James Daniel Werner

(Story broke 4/25/2017)

Hey readers, do you want another story that shows why you should really keep up with your kids’ online activities? Too bad because you’re getting another one because not everyone has learned yet.

43-year-old James Daniel Werner, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, is accused of allegedly abducting a 14-year-old girl from her Saginaw, Michigan home. That’s a 7 hour and 425 mile drive if you don’t take the ferry of Lake Michigan. Werner is said to have met the girl over the mobile messaging app Kik and convinced her to sneak out of her house. He reportedly waited two hours for the girl to come out of her house before physically forcing her into his car.

When they got back to Werner’s home, he claims they only slept together, like actually slept, and he never had any sexual contact with his victim. He claims he only touched her through her clothes and kissed her. Like, that’s not somehow inappropriate to say the least. The victim was able to contact authorities through a tablet Werner had left for her. Werner’s 9-year-old son was said to have also been in the house at the time but didn’t know the girl was there.

So unless you don’t want your child being transported across four state lines into the home of God only knows who, you might want to keep a better eye on your children’s online habits. The best advice I’ve heard, besides checking your kids’ devices regularly is to make sure they have no access to any electronic devices at night.

UPDATE 11/7/2017: In July, Werner pleaded guilty. This past Friday, Werner was sentenced to almost 11 years in federal prison.

Sheboygan schlub charged with school shooting plot

Sheboygan schlub charged with school shooting plot

Joshua Bagemehl

Normally, I don’t like to post the mug shots of school shooters and plotters anymore, because it gives them some of the attention that they’re usually craving. However in this case, I mean come on, just look at him. How could I not?

Anyway, Grimace up there is 21-year-old Joshua Bagemehl of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He’s been accused of allegedly plotting a school shooting in the Sheboygan area. No specific school was allegedly targeted, however Bagemehl would take to Facebook to rant about his idea

A Facebook post on December 10th read as follows: “So, I might be buying a AR-15 with a laser red dot on it and (expletive) semi-auto too .22 caliber. Just waiting on the background check.”

On December 11th, Bagemehl’s Facebook post reads as follows: “Someone needs to do a school shooting around here. It would be funny as (expletive).”

Then on December 12th, Bagemehl’s Facebook post reads as follows: “My AR-15 style rifle, my 715T Mossberg semi-auto rifle with 300 rounds with red dot laser sight.” The post was accompanied by two photos of the rifle in its open case.

Bagemehl also commented on a separate post with two photos of an assault rifle and said “Ima live by the gun, die by the gun, Ima die holding a gun” (sic).

Maybe background checks should include a check of social media, or at least a proper check of diction.

Not surprisingly, Bagemehl was fond of watching videos of Columbine, along with videos of ISIS beheading their victims. He claimed that the videos were stress relievers for him so he wouldn’t shoot people, and that they ‘never get old’.

Like most of these cretins he appears to have an over-inflated sense of self-worth…

When investigators interviewed Bagemehl, the criminal complaint says he “spontaneously stated ‘(expletive) are calling on me every time I post a gun on Facebook.’” The defendant stated “he didn’t care what ‘other’ people thought and that it would be ‘funny’ if someone did a school shooting in Sheboygan.”

According to police, Bagemehl’s mother had told them back in January that her son was schizophrenic and bipolar. He is said to have told police that he ‘might’ be off his medication.

Sadly, even with all he weapons and ammo police are said to have found he’s only looking at three years behind bars. I wonder if the defense will be that it was ‘just a joke’, or that he has Asperger’s.

I’ll post more on this as details become available, and as time allows.

UPDATE 10/29/2017: After pleading no contest back on October 2nd, this past week Bagemehl was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

60-year-old Wisconsin veterinarian charged with being Backpage sex trafficker

60-year-old Wisconsin veterinarian charged with being Backpage sex trafficker

Brian Lee Kersten

60-year-old Brian Lee Kersten is a veterinarian from Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, which has a population of not quite 3,000. I’m sure you can just imagine the kindly looking old man mending injured puppies or delivering a litter of kittens, but police consider him part of a major sex trafficking ring.

Kersten is not only accused of allegedly trying to trick a woman into prostituting herself on Backpage by promising her a legitimate job, but he’s also accused of travelling to China, with an associate, in order to being back girls and women into the country illegally to work as prostitutes for him.

This shows that sexual slavery, and Backpage’s involvement, is not just a big city problem and it’s not just being committed by minorities, like some people think. It’s also in small town America being committed by local businessmen or supposed pillars of the community. Because of Backpage, sexual slavery, human trafficking and child prostitution is happening all over our country.

Why you shouldn’t let your 12-year-old on Snapchat

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The father of a 12-year-old girl has taken to the local media to warn others about what his daughter went through. The girl was approached by a man on Snapchat who attempted to coerce the girl into sending explicit photos of her.

“She’s just distraught, my daughter is usually just a little ray of sunshine, and she is sobbing,” the victim’s father described his daughter’s reaction to someone sending her a photo of a young girl, naked from chin to torso.

“It felt like rape. That’s what it felt like to me. I’m a dad to a son and a daughter, and in that moment, [it felt like] this is a rape victim because someone halfway across the world touched her on the internet,” he exclaimed.

While some parents may think that Snapchat is harmless with its cutesy filters, it can also be a predator’s window to your children if they’re left to use it unattended.

Wisc. city to fine parents of bullies and why it won’t work

Shawano

The city of Shawano, Wisconsin, recently enacted a new ordinance that would fine the parents of students who are deemed bullies.

Under the new ordinance, parents and guardians will have 90 days after they’re informed by a police officer of their child’s behavior to intervene.

If the parent doesn’t stop their child from acting as a bully the parent will be fined $366.

If there is a second offense within one year, the parent will be fined $681.

I’ve always thought that the parents of bullies should be held responsible for the actions of their children since they’re usually in denial about their kids being bullies, however, this legislation is not the answer and may only make things worse. Think about it for a moment: bullies thrive on two things, intimidation and escalation. If a kid’s parents get fined that kid is only going to make things worse for his/her victims and these fines will do nothing to curtail bullying. Let’s not also forget that schools often have a hard time actually identifying bullies. In too many cases kids who are identified as bullies are actually the victims of bullies who try to defend themselves.

In a perfect world these fines would cause the parents to admonish their kids for being bullies but in reality their parents will continue to deny their kids’ behavior and their kids will lash out at their victims in retaliation.

Instead of trying to combat bullying we should be teaching our kids not to be victims. My biggest regret from all my years of being bullied in school is not standing up to my bullies. A little bit of self-confidence can carry you far.

WI suspect was 15-year-old’s Snapchat pimp

Jacob Medina

Jacob Medina

It’s no secret to those in the know that Snapchat is popular among the adult entertainment crowd. For the right price you can have access to the private Snapchat accounts of any number of cam girls, adult actresses and nude models. So it should come as no surprise when the more unscrupulous among us to exploit the most vulnerable among us.

Take 31-year-old Jacob Medina of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, for example. He’s accused of not only allegedly running the Snapchat account of a 15-year-old girl who was posting explicit pictures of herself but, he’s also accused of ‘having sex’ with her. By now you should know that when I put the sarcasm quotes around having sex you know I actually mean child rape. Since the victim was too young to open her own PayPal account Medina is said to have opened it for her in order to collect payments. No word on how much of a cut Medina kept for himself.

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The victim was said to have used an iPhone that had no calling plan attached to it but could still access the internet through wi-fi. It’s not specified in this article but in a lot of cases online predators and pimps will provide their victims with devices in order to stay in contact with them while circumventing parents. Most, if not all, of these devices only require a wi-fi signal in order to access the internet and can be used at any public wi-fi access point such as coffee shops and the like.

The point being that predators and pimps have an enormous bag of tricks at their disposal in order to try to exploit your kids. Even knowing just a few of them goes a long way in helping to protect your children.

UPDATE 8/16/2017: Medina was sentenced to 12 1/2 years behind bars.

73-year-old man charged with being a Kik kreeper

James Swanson

James Swanson

73-year-old James Swanson, of Crivitz, Wisconsin, has been arrested by Waukesha police for allegedly soliciting a 15-year-old girl for sex over the mobile messaging app Kik. Police say that Swanson tried using his photography business as a way to approach his alleged victim. However the 15-year-old girl was actually a detective from the Waukesha police.

Police say Swanson asked the detective, who he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, for nude photos “several times,” allegedly telling the detective/15-year-old girl “I like young.”

The complaint indicates Swanson sent the detective photos of nude, younger females, along with pornographic images and videos.

Of course police set up a meeting where Swanson was arrested and at the time of his arrest he was reportedly in possession of a sex toy and erectile dysfunction pills, among other things.

Police believe he may have had other victims…

Police say if Swanson has taken nude photos of you against your will, you should contact the Waukesha Police Department at (262) 524-3831.

The main reason I posted this story is because this is a septuagenarian who had the technical wherewithal to be able to use Kik proficiently enough to try to find victims. If you’re a parent of a child who is in the target demographic for Kik users and you think you’re too old to learn how to navigate your kid’s smartphone you’re not. You’re never too old to learn how to protect your kids from the sex offenders and pedophiles on Kik.

Nursing home employee accused of taking Snapchat video of naked resident

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21-year-old Grace Riedlinger,of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, is accused of allegedly taking a video of a partially dressed resident of a Kenosha nursing home then sharing it on the photo and video sharing app Snapchat.

From Kenosha News

The woman in the video is 93 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She was unable to tell police what had happened, the complaint states.

Police viewed the video, which showed the woman sitting on a bed, wearing only a bra.

When Riedlinger talked to police she said the woman had been giving her a hard time while she tried getting the woman ready for bed. She said the woman was playing tug of war with her, and decided to record it and post it as a story on Snapchat.

Unfortunately this not a new crime. Since the advent of the cell phone camera some unscrupulous nursing home employees have been engaged in this illegal behavior. Not only is this blatant degradation of some of the most helpless members of our society but I would imagine it’s also a blatant violation of the medical privacy laws in our country known as HIPAA. Having worked in the healthcare industry for half of my life I can tell you that HIPAA penalties are no joke and can carry some hefty fines or jail time. I would imagine that the nursing home’s lawyers are scrambling right now.

Before my mom passed she had to spend some time in a nursing facility for physical therapy. Because of things like this my brother took turns spending as much time with her there as we could to make sure nothing like this could occur. If you have a loved one or relative in such a facility think about spending an entire day with them just to see what is going on in their facility. I realize that not all nursing homes or nursing home employees are like this. It turned out my mom was in a great facility with amazing people working there however, it will only cost you some time to help keep one of your loved ones safe.

Wisc. craigslist creeper knew 14 would get him 20

Jon Mulder

I really don’t mean to be picking on the upper Midwest today but Minnesota and Wisconsin seem to be producing all the creepers today.

For example, 43-year-old Jon Mulder, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was recently arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl on craigslist. Police say that Mulder responded to the following ad on the casual encounters section…

“Home BORED!!! – w4m – Lookin for some fun with no judgements. Hit me up for some fun & we can party. :))”

Except the 14-year-old girl was actually La Crosse police. This is where all the cries of entrapment will come up from people who don’t really know the definition of entrapment, but I’ll humor them.

While talking with the girl when the subject of her age was approached Mulder allegedly said…

“Your age could get me 20 years in prison”

So not even close to entrapment.