Police are stressing the importance of parents monitoring their children’s online activities closely, warning that there are online predators posing as celebrities on social media in an attempt to lure children in.
According to College Candy, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, who runs task force Argos, a specialist branch responsible for tracking online child exploitation in Queensland, Australia, reveals that “Identity assumption by child sex offenders is increasing quite steadily.”
BBC News reported that Detective Rouse had led a recent investigation in which a 42-year-old man posing as Justin Bieber on his social media accounts, persuaded children to send him nudes. He was eventually caught and has been charged with over 900 child sex offenses.
“The fact that so many children across the world could believe that they were talking to Justin Bieber and that Justin Bieber would make them do the things that they did, is really quite concerning,” Rouse told BBC News. “I think a re-evaluation of the way we educate children about safe online behavior is really needed.”
Asking to conceal her identity, the mother of an eight year old girl told BBC News that a predator had messaged her two days after downloading a newly launched social media app.
“The first message was inviting you to enter a competition and to win it you get a five minute chat (with the celebrity),” she said. “And then the second message that came up was along the lines of ‘all you need to do is send me a photo of you naked or of your vagina.’ And then all these messages flew across the screen. Then the third message said ‘don’t worry about it. All the girls are sending me these photos. Just do it. It’ll be our secret’. And then the last message was ‘do it now,’” according to College Candy.
Rouse stressed the dangers of Musical.ly – a social media platform that was launched in 2014.
This app that allows people to upload 15 seconds of themselves singing, has attracted a significant number of child sex offenders to “groom children.”
It’s “a very well-known international fact, believe it or not,” he said.
Police are searching for a 5 year old who has reportedly gone missing.
His father, Aramazd Andressian, Sr, was arrested this weekend after he was found passed out at a South Pasadena park. Aramazd Andressian Jr’s mother had last seen her son on April 18 during Skype call.
The mother grew weary and contacted the police when her son was not returned to her after what was supposed to be a weekend visit with his father.
According to CBS, the mother is quite distraught .
The father was taken to the hospital and upon his release was questioned.
He recalls no memory of his son’s whereabouts and was was arrested on suspicions of child abduction and endangerment.
CBS cited that the Chief Art Miller of the South Pasadena Police Department stated that “the father was communicative. He was not very forthcoming with information, was not very specific on his timeline, where he was with the child, where he was when the child was lost. He doesn’t really have a full memory of actually being with the boy.”
The statements that Aramazd Andressian, Sr were deemed “convoluted and contradictory.”
His bail was set at $10 million.
According to CBS, Aramazd Jr. is 4-feet-tall and weights about 55 pounds; he has has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise plaid shirt and plaid shorts.
Anyone with information about Aramazd’s whereabouts is asked to call South Pasadena police at (626) 403-7297.
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Police are searching for a former Major League Baseball player who reportedly has gone missing.
According to the NY POST, Otis Nixon, was last seen leaving his Georgia residence around 10 am on Saturday in his gray 2011 Range Rover that has a lcense plate reading CFP9010.
Atlanta’s WSB-TV station stated that the 58 year old had never showed up to the golf course that he had planned on going to on Saturday.
Police released an image of the Georgia native Sunday night.
This is the first time in four years that he’s made headlines, he was arrested in 2013 for his possession of cocaine, according to the NY Post.
He’s had a rough past abusing drugs; he was suspended back in 1991 when he was tested positive for cocaine while he was on the Braves team.
He has also played with the Expos, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Twins and the Red Sox.
Before his retirement in 1999, Nixon had a successful career as a fleet-footed center fielder, stealing 620 bases, scoring 878 runs and hitting for a .270 average, according to the same source.
A Long Island teen is deemed a hero after saving her grandmother’s life.
17 year old Zahrah Ibraham, of Nassau County, was serving as the scorekeeper at her sister’s basketball game at Calhoun High School when out of the blue, she heard her mother wailing. When she turned to see what was wrong, she caught the sight of her 78 year old grandmother looking very pale and slumped over.
Thinking quick to her feet, she ran over and performed CPR on her when she felt that her grandma still had a pulse.
Within minutes, her grandmother started breathing again.
Ibraham stated that she learned how perform CPR in a special program that her school district had offered when she was in the eighth grade.
FBI recently arrested two Ohio pastors for their involvement in the sex trafficking of minors on Friday.
ABC NEWS reported that Federal documents alleges the “recruiting, enticing and transporting”of people the two men knew were under 18, that were forced to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money.
This all began 3 years ago with a girl who was 14 then.
On Friday, a U.S. magistrate judge Friday mandated that 46-year-old Cordell Jenkins and 37-year-old Anthony Haynes be held without bond until their April 13 hearing.
The same source cited that “the Toledo Blade reports (http://bit.ly/2oQdV08 ) Jenkins, pastor of Toledo’s Abundant Life Ministries, shook his head “no” as charges were read and indicated he will hire an attorney. Haynes told the magistrate he needed a court-appointed attorney until he ‘made some phone calls.'”
The FBI stated that the church is not involved in this case.