Officers accused of bending rules on sex sting arrests

August 19th, 2014

If what is being alleged is true – that is sad. These cops really don’t have to look THAT hard to find predators… it’s going to make a lot of people doubt the integrity of the investigations and make people question whether or not internet predators are indeed a threat.

August 8, 2014
Officers accused of bending rules on sex sting arrests
An investigation uncovers questionable tactics used by police officers to put alleged sexual offenders behind bars.
Noah Pransky, WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg

BARTOW, Fla. — In the decade since Dateline NBC’s To Catch a Predator segments popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex.

But as the stings put more and more men behind bars, detectives are working harder and harder to keep up their arrest numbers. And the tactics they’re using to put alleged sexual offenders in jail are sweeping up large numbers of law-abiding men, too.

Many of the men whose mugshots sheriffs have been paraded in made-for-TV press conferences were not seeking to meet children online, according to a yearlong WTSP-TV investigation. Instead, they were looking for other adults when detectives started to persuade them to break the law. [READ FULL STORY]

Active role for parents needed against cyberbullying

August 18th, 2014

All the stories about preventing cyberbullying are hogwash. The truth is – the only way to prevent it is by making sure your child is not a cyberbully. There is no way to stop it from affecting your child, but if you can stop your child from being an online bully, we can make progress… Use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure your child is not a cyberbully.

August 8, 2014
Active role for parents needed against cyberbullying
According to a new study, just 15 per cent of children who had been cyberbullied approached their parents about it.
David Kates, o.canada

How much time are your kids spending online? If you’ve given them a phone or tablet, how closely do you monitor their activities on those devices? You may want to pay closer attention: there’s a very good chance they have either been the victim of cyberbullying, have witnessed bullying behaviour directed towards others – or may even be the perpetrators themselves.

As a growing number of kids spend an increasing amount of time interacting with their peers online, a new report suggests parents aren’t nearly as engaged as they could be in their children’s activities. And experts say it’s crucial that parents play a more active role in teaching their kids good online citizenship – and preventing cyberbullying. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook FAIL Friday 177

August 15th, 2014

Here are a few more stories that illustrate the stupidity on Facebook your child could get in to… monitor them now with PC Pandora monitoring software to prevent a future FAIL…

If you are going to stage scam/robberies… don’t do it over Facebook. It leads right back to you…

August 9, 2014
Couple Accused of Robbing Men After Setting Up Dates on Facebook
By David Chang, NBC Philadelphia

A Philadelphia couple is behind bars after they allegedly set up dates with several men on Facebook and then robbed the unsuspecting victims.

Tyreese Gibson, 26, and Mariah Harris, 27, were both arrested on Thursday. Police say the couple, who have three children together, used Facebook to scam their victims into believing they were meeting women for dates.

According to police, the victims first met Harris online before deciding to meet with her on the 200 block of South Allison Street. Once they arrived, Gibson allegedly approached them from behind with a gun before stealing their cell phones and cash. [READ FULL STORY]

Yup… another death over a Facebook argument…

August 10, 2014
Ex-cop shoots former sheriff’s deputy brother-in-law over Facebook post
By A. Greg – Georgia Newsday

A man is dead and his brother-in-law charged with his murder in Georgia after a Facebook post sparked an argument.

John Paul Jones, 40, is charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Michael Stephen Robinson, 40.

Both men were former officers with the Polk County Police Department, and Robinson was a sheriff’s deputy.

According to the Northwest Georgia News, Jones made a comment about his own wife’s arrest early Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of drugs.

Candence Mullinax Jones, 34, of Cedartown was arrested and charged with DUI-drugs and released the same day after posting a $2,430 property bond.

Robinson took offense to the comment about his sister and an argument ensued on Facebook.

Robinson decided to go over to Jones’ home to work out the dispute with his brother-in-law.

However, when he arrived, he was shot five times in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun.

‘Jones was waiting on him when he got there,’ Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome told the Northwest Georgia News, referring to it as an ‘ambush situation.’[READ FULL STORY]

Candidate for mom of the year…

August 11, 2014
Police: Mom facilitates video of son setting himself on fire
From News Herald

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a mom in connection to a Facebook video showing her son setting himself on fire.

Police said Janie Talley facilitated the recording of the video.

Videos of teens setting themselves on fire has become a viral challenge on Facebook called the “Fire Challenge.”

A 12-year-old and a 14-year-old were admitted to the NC Jaycee Burn Center, according to Ernest Grant with the center. The two were from North Carolina. They underwent surgery after participating in the fire challenge.

There was a recent case of someone in New York dying after doing the challenge.

CMPD detectives watched the video that showed the victim pouring fingernail polish on his body and setting himself on fire.

Talley, 41, was present and aware of what her son was doing and facilitated the recording, police said. [READ FULL STORY]

School implements anti-bullying app designed by local teen

August 14th, 2014

A bit of good news from Indiana. Check out this high school student and the steps HE is taking to eliminate bullying… use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is an online bully.

August 5, 2014
School implements anti-bullying app designed by local teen
By Kylie Conway

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – Liberty Christian High School is the first to sign up for an app created to catch bullies.

“We just think it’s the best anti-bullying tool out there,” Superintendent Lynn Staley said.

The application is the brain child of local teenager. It took Pendleton High School student Brandon Boynton, 17, nine months to create The BullyBox. Now, he’s finally seeing his hard work put to good use.

“When it finally gained recognition, when it finally started to be used in schools, that was incredible,” Boynton said. “Next week I’ll be seeing the initial results in schools.” [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #284

August 13th, 2014

Here are a few more internet predators you should know about… PC Pandora monitoring software will help you keep your kids safe from predators that go after kids online…

7 guys were busted in a sting op in Wisconsin…

August 7, 2014
Seven Arrested in Online Predator, Child Pornography Investigations
By Sarah Thomsen,

Brown County -In the last three weeks, seven men have been arrested in Brown County, with six charged so far, for either trying to meet children for sex or child pornography possession.

Action Two News has been with investigators during special stings as they look for online child predators, but authorities say in the case of these arrests, there was no organized operation, yet they arrested nearly as many people.

Investigators say this highlights the problem they now face and want parents to be aware.

Find a computer and the world is at your fingertips.

But there is a dark side of cyberspace concerning parents and investigators when a once anonymous person wants to meet a child for sex.

“There’s predators out there all the time to hurt our children. They’ve been out there for many times. They just use different formats to do it,” says Lt. Jim Valley who leads these investigations for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Twice in a matter of weeks, undercover Brown County investigators say they chatted with men willing to meet and have sex with someone they thought was 15. [READ FULL STORY]
WBAY

This one involves a real 14-year-old girl… not a sting op

August 11, 2014
Police: Man, 60, Solicited Girl, 14, On Facebook
Harold Hayes, KDKA/ CBS

BEAVER FALLS (KDKA/AP) – A 60-year-old Beaver County man has been charged with using Facebook to solicit a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act.

Steve G. Moore, of Beaver Falls, was arraigned Sunday on charges of unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, and promoting prostitution.

The last charge resulted after police say they found “disturbing private message conversations” that Moore had with prostitutes and random women.

Police searched his computer after the girl told her grandmother that Moore offered her $50 on July 8 to perform the sex act. Police obtained a search warrant for Moore’s computer and filed the charges Saturday.

The grandmother brought the Facebook instant messenger message to police which was sent about 1:30 in the morning July 8th. [READ FULL STORY]

Mother files lawsuit in cyberbullying suicide case

August 11th, 2014

This case is so sad, as are all cyberbully-related suicides. I am thrilled when I see parents seeking a little bit of retribution for the horrible loss they have suffered… sadly, cyberbullying won’t end until every parent uses PC Pandora monitoring software to confirm their child is not a cyberbully.

August 4, 2014
Mother files lawsuit in cyberbullying suicide case
By Evan Axelbank, FOX 13 News

TAMPA (FOX 13) – Money can’t replace what Tricia Norman lost when her 12-year-old daughter Rebecca Sedwick took her own life.

“There’s no way to describe the pain,” Norman said.

She’s going to court, after deputies cited lack of evidence in dropping charges against two teens who allegedly bullied her daughter before the Sept. 2013 suicide.

“She suffered enough while she was here, and now she’s not. I think somebody needs to pay for it,” Norman said.

Norman is now suing the school board and the family of one of the minors, who we are not naming.

It says the teen treated Rebecca “outside all bounds of decency,” told her to kill herself, and admitted afterwards that she bullied Rebecca and didn’t care that Rebecca killed herself.

“The main girl that was doing the bullying should have been removed from the school,” Norman said. “With the amount of children that I have talked to that she bullied before and since Becca, she should have been removed from the school.[READ FULL STORY]

FOX 13 News

Facebook FAIL Friday 176

August 8th, 2014

Here are a few more stories that illustrate the stupidity on Facebook your child could get in to… monitor them now with PC Pandora monitoring software to prevent a future FAIL…

Oh people, please understand that when you get fired for posting something stupid on Facebook, you are not being treated criminally as per your speech, you are simply being fired. If the government were to press charges against you for what you said – then you have a case. But in this case, it is not so…

August 2, 2014
Ex-officer loses suit over firing over Facebook
From chron.com (written by the AP)

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A former Greenville police officer wants a federal appeals court to reinstate her wrongful firing lawsuit against city.

Oral arguments are Sept 3 before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Former Sgt. Susan Graziosi argues officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments posted on a social networking site. She was fired in 2012 after posting criticism on Facebook about Police Chief Freddie Cannon’s decision not to send department representatives to the funeral for a Pearl police officer killed in the line of duty. [READ FULL STORY]

From the UK, but it’s still the same hot water that a stupid ranting Facebook post can land you into…

August 2, 2014
Vile Facebook rant lands ‘Gays should be shot’ Gateshead dad in court
By Michael Marsh, ChronicleLive.co.UK

A DAD threatened to kill gay people by lining them up and shooting them in vile homophobic messages posted on social media.

Paul Gair posted the expletive-ridden rant on the Chronicle’s Facebook page during the Northern Pride festival in Newcastle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Gair, of Kilburn Green, Gateshead, branded gay people c***s and suggested that LGBTs should be shot in one sickening message.

The post read: “If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay c***s wouldn’t of been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting c***s!” [READ FULL STORY]

A stupid Facebook post from years ago can catch up with you at the worst time…

August 3, 2014
Facebook issue still dogs Senate candidate
By Associated Press

Holton — Milton Wolf’s chances of becoming the next tea party insurgent to knock off a GOP party titan got a huge boost when it was revealed that incumbent Pat Roberts’s official residence in Kansas was rented space in a friend’s Dodge City house. The three-term senator seemed perfect for casting as a Washington insider who was out of touch with his home state.

But as Tuesday’s Senate primary approaches, the challenge by the suburban Kansas City radiologist is bedeviled by renewed attention to an old episode from his professional life — his posting in 2010 of graphic X-images of patients’ injuries on his Facebook page.

Wolf, 43, has apologized for the incident, which came to light months ago, and insists he’s now closing the gap with Roberts, who had a wide early lead. But Roberts’ campaign is blanketing the airwaves with ads questioning Wolf’s judgment. And drawing new attention to the matter was a recent Topeka Capital-Journal report that a state medical board is conducting an investigation of Wolf’s actions. [READ FULL STORY]

Speechless…

August 4, 2014
Facebook User Accidentally Killed Trying To Take A Selfie With A Loaded Gun
Fox News Latino

A young man caught in the selfie obsession accidentally killed himself when trying to strike a pose with a loaded .38 pointed to his head in Mexico City.

Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, was a veterinarian who had been drinking with friends in the home of one if his pals, according to published reports.

The incident happened last weekend in the northern section of Mexico City, not far from where the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located.

Police arrived at the scene after neighbors reported hearing the gunshot.

Witnesses said Otero was taking the picture to post it on his Facebook page and brag about his audacity. [READ FULL STORY]

Still speechless…

August 7, 2014
Springfield grandmother arrested after posting dog’s photo
The News Herald

SPRINGFIELD — Members of a Springfield family have received hundreds of threats to their personal safety after posting a pet picture to Facebook and being cited for animal cruelty, officials confirmed Thursday.

The picture, which has drawn the ire of hundreds from around the country, depicts two young girls in a vehicle who have fashioned a pulley system through a clothes hanging latch with a jump rope. On one end of the rope are the two young girls who appear to be laughing playfully, while on the other end of the rope is a small dog dangling by its haunches.

The picture was reported to Bay County Animal Control before being relayed to Springfield Police Department. The grandmother of the two girls, Loretta Bozeman, has been cited with a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals for posting the picture.

The family has received more than 500 death threats and threats to their personal safety through social media websites, Chief Philip Thorne said. [READ FULL STORY]

Facebook parenting: Your cute kid photos ARE WAY TOO MUCH information

August 7th, 2014

I have been saying this for YEARS! It is the reason there is not one picture of my child on the internet. This WILL catch up with your child. Not much PC Pandora monitoring software can do here to prevent you from posting photos of your child – just try to use good parenting judgment and put your kid’s long-term safety first (for once)…

August 3, 2014
Facebook parenting: Your cute kid photos may be too much information
Alice Crann Good, BellaMagazine.com

While enjoying some gourmet java at an East Hill cafe, Breena Bruni chats about how she and some friends fit a current trend reported by CNN — something called “Facebook parenting.”

Today’s 30-somethings are the first generation whose children are literally growing up on Facebook — starting with the first shared sonogram image, according to the findings.

The CNN report is just one of many studies on the topic and some studies have their shortcomings. Quite often, dads aren’t included, and affluent, white women are overrepresented.

But a certainty is, Bruni is raising her sons at a time when thousands of mothers worldwide are telling all and sharing all about their babies and young children on Facebook. Photos show little ones playing in neighborhood parks, nude in the backyard pool, at the pediatrician’s office and even potty training.

In the United States, 92 percent of children have an online presence before the age of 2, according to an AVG Digital Diary study.

“For the most part, when I post photos of my children on Facebook, I am posting to let my family and friends see a milestone,” says Bruni, the mother of Alexander, 2, and Blackstone, 8 months old.

“I post photos that my family wouldn’t get to see every day. I might comment or even say something funny about my children because I have a sense of humor. I might write ‘Alexander made a huge poop today!’ But I certainly wouldn’t take a photo (of it) and post it to Facebook.”

The problem is many parents would, and all this sharing can have repercussions now and in the future, according to the FBI Criminal Division’s Crimes Against Children Unit.

Parents are opening the doors for online sexual predators and thieves, as well as preventing their children from any hope of future anonymity, according to the FBI. In today’s digital world, every posting on Facebook and other social networking sites is collected, stored, archived, aggregated and potentially shared or sold. And once it’s out there, it’s probably out there forever. That includes every comment and every photo every parent has ever posted of their children. [READ FULL STORY]

Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #283

August 6th, 2014

Here are a few more internet predators you should know about… PC Pandora monitoring software will help you keep your kids safe from predators that go after kids online…

July 31, 2014
Sexual predator warning issued
By Jim Wallace, WALB-TV/ NBC 10

ALBANY, GA – (WALB) -Dougherty County Grand Jurors indict two Georgia men for sex crimes targeting children.

Prosecutors and police warn parents that predators are using all forms of social and electronic media hunting for young victims.

Police say sexual predators are using social media….even cell phone apps to target young people. And they say parents need to understand to protect their kids.

Investigators say Jonathan Goodner of Jefferson County used the Internet to send obscene pictures and materials to what he thought was a 13 year old girl named Breanna between February and May 2012. But police say the warehouseman from Louisville was actually sending nude pictures of himself to a Dougherty County Police officer, working through the GBI’s Internet Crimes against Children task force.

Goodner was indicted for three counts of obscene Internet Contact with a child and other sex crimes. Investigators say almost as soon as they get on social media they are targeted. [READ FULL STORY]

This is a general story on keeping kids safe online (via vigilance… gee, sounds familiar), but also highlights a local predator case…

August 2, 2014
Vigilance is key
By Shannon Williams, Hanford Sentinel

Seven warning signs that might indicate your child is a victim of an online crime:

  • Your child starts to spend a significant amount of time on the computer.
  • Your child receives or makes phone calls to numbers you are not familiar with.
  • You find pornography on your child’s computer.
  • Your child turns off the computer monitor or shuts off their phone when you come around.
  • Your child shows signs of withdrawal or becomes secretive.
  • Your child starts to receive gifts or packages.
  • Your child uses accounts that don’t belong to them.

HANFORD — Due to the advancement and widespread use of the Internet, it has become easier for online predators to victimize young children through social media sites or mobile apps. But authorities say prevention methods can be put in place to keep children safe.

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 93 percent of children ages 12-17 have access to the Internet. That means 93 percent of youth are at risk of being targeted by online predators.

Just last month, a sailor based at Naval Air Station Lemoore was accused of exploiting minors through accounts on Kik Messenger, Instagram and Facebook.

Michael Kiper, 29, allegedly used the accounts to solicit sexually explicit photos from young girls while on temporary deployment in Bahrain and Nevada. He told the girls he was a modeling agent and persuaded them to send him graphic photos of themselves. If they refused to send more, he threatened to post their photos online. [READ FULL STORY]

Another 132 predators arrested in a giant Florida sting op in Polk County…

August 5, 2014
Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting
By Peter Bernard, WFLA-TV/ NBC 8

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20′s to their 70′s.
POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement officer are among 132 people arrested in “Operation Cyber Vigilance” a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20′s to their 70′s.

“These people are so fixated on attacking your children that they throw caution to the wind,” said Judd.

He cited one case, where the suspect had a feeling he was communicating with a law enforcement officer.

“Mister, the opportunity to have sex with a 13-year old boy overrode every bit of my common sense,” said Judd.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says his agency participated in the hope of getting these sick individuals off the street.

“These guys aren’t stopping,” said Gualtieri. “This is a finite part of our population. But they are hell bent and they don’t care. And they’re willing to take the risk, because they have this urge that they have and this deviant behavior that they have and they’re willing to.”

The 4-month-long operation landed 132 people in jail on a variety of charges. The most common being traveling to meet a minor and using an on line service to lure/entice a minor. [READ FULL STORY]
WFLA News Channel 8

Robert Campbell of Ottawa faces 181 international cyberbullying charges

August 5th, 2014

It amazes me that people like this exist… PC Pandora monitoring software will keep a record of all interactions on the PC – so if your child is being bullied online, you can have a complete record of it…

August 1, 2014
Robert Campbell of Ottawa faces 181 international cyberbullying charges
Charges against Robert Campbell, 42, include identity fraud, libel, criminal harassment
CBC News

Robert Campbell, a 42-year-old Ottawa man, faces nearly 200 charges of identity fraud, defamation and criminal harassment involving 38 people across Canada, the U.S. and U.K.

“This individual had a grudge against other individuals and sought the means online to do this, and he was doing this, really, for almost 12 years,” said Ottawa police Acting Insp. Carl Cartright.

“He had technical skills that we had not encountered in the Ottawa police before.”

The charges were announced Friday morning after an eight-month investigation involving law enforcement agencies in B.C., Ontario, New Brunswick and Halifax, as well as Michigan in the U.S., and Hertfordshire and London in the U.K. [READ FULL STORY]