Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday #184

What a round-up this week. We got a couple new predators, one busted in a sting op and one who got to real teenage girls, and old case finally going to trial, and a story about a therapist you MUST read (it’s horrifying).

Again, these are all little reminders that it is so important to know who your kids are talking to online and – somewhat more importantly – who is trying to talk to them. Your kids most likely won’t tell you when they are being lured by a predator or talking to strangers… but PC Pandora computer monitoring software will!


A nurse in Ohio was arrested for trying to meet up with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl he met online for sex. It was a sting op.

February 21, 2012
Nurse Accused of Trying to Arrange Sexual Encounter with Teenage Girl

COLUMBUS — Investigators say Patrick Mahoney was arrested Friday allegedly arranging a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl. Turns out, that teen was an undercover officer.

According to documents obtained by ABC6/FOX28 members of Operation Predator, a nationwide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiative to protect children from sexual predators, tracked the home care nurse for 11 days. Read more ›

A 32-year-old Illinois man was arrested for trying to lure and sending nude photos to teenage girls…

February 23, 2012
Search Continues for Victims of Recently Arrested Online Sexual Predator
Two victims have been identified in Macomb County, but MACE investigators believe more area teens could have been in contact with the alleged sexual predator.
By Jenny Whalen, Macomb Patch

A 32-year-old Canton man is facing six felony charges following allegations that he repeatedly sent nude photos of himself to two Macomb County minors.

The Macomb Area Computer Enforcement team arrested Taylor McCabe Best on Wednesday and charged him with six counts of felony crimes, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. Read more ›

This California man has made the WIPW series before. He was arrested a few years back for getting over 200 teenage girls to send him nude photos of themselves by posing as a modeling agent on Myspace. The trial is just starting now…

February 24, 2012
Trial begins in MySpace child porn case
An Orange man is accused of getting girls to send him nude photos. Kidnapping and lewd acts are alleged
By John Asbury, The Press Enterprise

Joshua Threlkeld tried to get nearly 200 girls to send him nude photos through a fake MySpace modeling account, authorities said Friday at the beginning of his trial in Riverside.

During a ruse carried out between 2007 and 2009, the girls thought they were sending the photos to a 14-year-old girl named Sara Miller, whom authorities say Threlkeld made up. About 40 alleged victims are from the Inland area.

Threlkeld, 34, of Orange, is charged with 149 felonies, including kidnapping to commit rape, lewd acts with a child and multiple child pornography and online communication charges. He has pleaded not guilty. Read more ›

This is one of the most disturbing things I have ever read (in relation to predators). This guy was a therapist for a 16-year-old girl. He created a fake 17-year-old boy profile on Myspace a preyed upon her getting her to send him nude photos and video. Unreal.

February 24, 2012
Former therapist pleads guilty to exploitation of minor
From WECT channel 6

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – According to the Columbus County District Attorney’s office, a man has pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree exploitation of a minor Monday.

Billy Hood used to be a mental therapist at Southeastern Mental Health, according to Assistant District Attorney Lynn Wilkie. Read more ›

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