NC man pleads guilty to Xanga charges

North Carolina man pleads guilty to incident with Moline girl:

I can’t even remember the last time I posted a Xanga story. I want to say it was 2006 some time. I didn’t even know that people still used it.

Anyway 51-year-old John P. Krauss of Charlotte, NC pleaded guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.

It seems that in 2007 a 15-year-old girl from Moline, Ill. visited his Xanga blog and the pair began corresponding and later he requested nude pictures and videos of the girl.

Pro-Ana rears it’s ugly head

‘You can’t save people from themselves’:

This about just one of the many scourges on the internet that I talk about but this one has nothing to do with crime per se. This has to do with websites that proclaim that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are not diseases but ‘lifestyle choices’.

That’s right. You heard me correctly. There are people out there who actually believe that disorders like anorexia are not only good but are a viable alternative to…you know…eating.

The article sort of poses the question should pro-ana and pro-mia sites be censored. Now if you mean censored in the way that they should be outlawed by the government then no. If you mean censored in the way that webhosts like Livejournal, MySpace, and Xanga should shut them down for violating their TOS then yes.

But places like MySpace, LiveJournal, and Xanga do not want to shut these groups down. They claim that it’s free speech but we all really know what it’s about. They don’t want to alienate a part of their userbase that click on their advertisements which in turn makes them money. Never mind if a few people end up killing themselves over what they call a lifestyle choice, there’s money to be made from those skeletons.

Webhosts like MySpace and the like need to be more personally responsible instead of financially responsible. If these groups were to be shut down would it really hurt the bottom line?

If there was a pro-suicide group would the webhosts allow those? Because claiming that eating disorders are a choice is basically the same thing.

Indiana sex crime charges over Xanga

Local man charged with Web sex crimes:

I’m not just picking on MySpace, I’m picking on Xanga too…

MUNCIE — A Muncie man used his computer to lure a 15-year-old North Dakota girl into posing nude for him and then published the photos on the Internet, according to police.

Police this week arrested Ronald R. Karas, 34, and found computer discs in his car that contained nude images of the teenager, according to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest.

Karas admitted to learning in December that the victim was 15, the document said.

He also allegedly admitted — during interrogations by Muncie police — to publishing nude photos of the girl on the Internet and directing her over the Internet to perform sexual acts.

Karas had been under investigation by Fargo, N.D., authorities since Dec. 22, and is charged in that state with using a minor in a sexual performance and luring minors by computer.

Karas met the 15-year-old on a weblog known as http://www.xanga.com, according to Fargo police records.

The two apparently e-mailed each other and talked by phone but never met in person.

Again I ask, do you know what your kids are up to on the internet?

More kids posting more personal information

MySpace, your space, some say it’s unsafe:

Another local news article about how kids are posting too much information on their blogs. This time from Asheville, North Carolina, the Berkeley of the South.

HENDERSONVILLE Lynn Price doesn’t remember the exact moment she realized she needed to learn something about Xanga. But she knows it was right about the time she heard the screen name one of her students had come up with for herself. (Sorry, it’s unprintable here.)

Flabbergasted, the computer science teacher at Rugby Middle School visited xanga.com and got a look at the site that was revolutionizing her students’ social lives. What she found didn’t make her feel any better.

“I was scared to death. I was mortified when I came across these 13-year-old girls, beautiful girls in my classroom, and they’re giving their names and they live in Henderson County and they go to Rugby Middle School and they’ve got a soccer match at Hendersonville Middle Wednesday at 4:30, everybody’s going to be there,” she said. “I get real frightened because I’m thinking they haven’t got a clue who they’re inviting to that soccer match by putting that on the Web.

I don’t get it. Are parents really so clueless or such technophobes as to not know what their kids are posting online? Or haven’t they instructed them on the dangers of posting personal information online?

The Blacklist: Peodophiles are Sub-Human

Steve Huff has been on a roll as of late and I’ve got his back. Thursday he did another post about pedophile blogs and message boards In that entry Steve posted a response from a pedophile to one of his other entries. Here are some quotes from the pedophile scumbag…

There’s all that, and there’s the fact that most of us (not all — we have several active non-pedophile members) are capable of being attracted to, and falling in love with, children or adolescents.

Steve didn’t post a link to the message board but he did send it to me and in doing some browsing I found that it’s hosted by a free forum host that lets anyone create a message board. The host is called Forum Bolt. While browsing the first message board that Steve mentioned I found another pedophiles message board that Forum Bolt hosts. I have contacted Forum Bolt but I have yet to hear back from them. You can post in their own forum here. Or if you want to do a more direct contacting here is the whois info for Forum Bolt.

Still no response from Xanga.
Still no response from Blogsome.

I have an idea on how to get a response from them.

If you know a Xanga user post a comment on their site telling them that Xanga has pedophile blogrings and post a link to here or here.

If you know a Blogsome user do the same thing except post links to here or here.

Maybe when enough people complain or they get enough bad publicity they’ll do something about it.

The Blacklist: Pedophile Haters Unite

I haven’t done a Blacklist entry in a long time. They were mostly political. Ever since I’ve been focused on the “crime blogging” I’ve been shying away from politics. However, Steve Huff did an entry today about a pedophiles’ webring over at Xanga. Let me give you a taste of what Steve had to say…

I’ve been debating even writing this blog entry because there are two sides to the idea of linking anything to do with these blogs, none of them all that obvious as to what their owners are at first. I decided that to link individual blogs wouldn’t be a good idea, but I was so disturbed by the following that I felt I had to at least make the reader aware — particularly if you are a parent to a child who might be old enough to show an interest in blogging. Until yesterday I had no idea such a thing could even exist — pedophile blogrings.

Steve goes on to give a vivid description of some of the members’ blogs. Rather than rehash that here I suggest you read his entry. What sickens me most about this is that Xanga, for the most part, is used by kids and teens. And while Steve did a great entry about this cancer that exists on the internet I’m going to try to do him one better. The Blacklist isn’t about talk. It’s about action. I am going to contact Xanga to see if they are aware of these blogrings and if they’re man enough to do anything about it.

I’ll let you know if I get any response. You can contact Xanga about abuse here.