13-year-old Newton County girl victim of online predator:
The parents of a 13-year-old girl from Newton County, Georgia got police involved when they thought their daughter was having improper conversations with a boy online. When police talked to her it turns out she was talking with a 22-year-old fashion photographer who could get her into modeling. The man who called himself Starmaker Mitch said that he was looking for models for a line of clothing aimed at teens. Then Starmaker Mitch started requesting pictures of the girl which included the girl in various states of undress, you know for ‘modeling purposes’.
22-year-old Starmaker Mitch is actually 61-year-old Martin Friedman of Woodbridge, Virginia. Police believe that Friedman may have scores of other victims and are asking that if anyone had contact with Starmaker Mitch to contact the Covington, Georgia Police Department at (770) 385-2144.
Friedman had several e-mail addresses and several accounts at such social sites like MySpace, Tagged and Netlog.
Luckily the girl’s parents got involved but they made the crucial mistake when it comes to teens and computers. They allowed the computer to be in the girl’s room. I can’t stress how important it is to keep the computers that your kids use in a common area where it can be monitored closely. You may think that you don’t have to worry about that with your kid but I bet these parents did too.
And like I’ve said before, this modeling ploy seems to be a trend among sexual predators. Parents, you need to tell your kids to be aware of this and anyone who is promising your kids some kind of Hollywood career online is more than likely a predator. Tell them that real talent or modeling agents don’t use MySpace and the like and they would go through the child’s parent(s) and not approach them directly. Even if you think that your kids are too smart to fall for something like that tell them anyway.
Prostitution sting downtown:
Police in the other Queen City, the real one being Charlotte, NC of course, arrested eight in a craigslist hooker sting. It seems that two girls had been previously robbed at the Millennium Hotel so management called in police to clear the place out. Not all of those arrested were from craigslist but some of them were.
The reason this is a big deal is because the arrests were made this past Thursday which was the 28th of May. craigslist newly monitored adult services section went into effect on the 13th. The erotic services section became defunct on the 20th. Ergo, these arrests as far as craigslist is concerned came from the adult services section. You know, the one that’s supposed to be monitored for illegal activity.
Granted this is the first prostitution arrest I’ve heard about since the change but it does show that it is still going on.
Names and mugshots of those arrested can be found here.
Assault suspect arrested in park:
20-year-old Larry Williams is one of the quartet of Juggalos in Modesto, California who are accused of beating a man in a park. I guess Larry thought that he didn’t have to show up for court after he was released on his own recognizance. Where did they catch him? The same park where the beating took place. Granted police lured him there but that’s beside the point. Now he’s being held on $125K bail.
Modesto Juggalos: Too stupid to stay out of jail.
CraigsList transaction turns violent:
An unidentified woman in Indianapolis was robbed at gunpoint when she thought she was going to buy a used iPhone. Luckily she got a good look at the suspects and even found of their MySpaces.
$10K robbery in Craigslist postage stamp deal:
A man in Mesa, Arizona was robbed of 10 large by someone he had bought rare stamps off of craigslist before. The whole situation seems really strange to me.
Victims Fall Prey to Craigslist Housing Scam:
According to police in Nashville a new housing scam is taking place through craigslit. An ad was placed offering people vouchers to assist with Section 8 housing. Instead the con artist takes the people’s money anbd they get nothing in return. He’s even going as far to pose as a Housing Authority employee.
Md. teen to be tried as adult in dad’s slaying:
This past Thursday a Maryland judge ordered that 15-year-old Danielle Black to be held for trial as an adult for soliciting the murder of her father, 47-year-old Billy Lee Black.
If you’ll recall Black tried to enlist a classmate into killing her father. The classmate didn’t bite but another man, 19-year-old Alec Eger, took up the request. Police allege that Black claimed her father was abusing her in order to get someone to kill her father even though police claim there was no evidence of abuse. Eger is accused of stabbing Billy Lee Black to death on Halloween morning of 2008. Investigators and prosecutors seem to think that the real reason that Black had her father killed is because he didn’t want her hanging out with her goth friends. There have also been accusations of blood drinking among her clique but that remains to be seen.
Black’s defense attorney is already hinting at an insanity defense claiming that Black has undiagnosed mental disorders and that Black was abused. I always find it peculiar that when a teen kills their mental disorders are always undiagnosed. You never here “Oh yeah, he/she has been batshit crazy for years.”
In my opinion Danielle Black is just another selfish brat who thought that killing someone was a reasonable response to her need for instant gratification.
She’s looking at life behind bars.
Teen to plead insanity in Dillard High fatal shooting:
The attorney for Teah Wimberly filed a motion this past Thursday that he plans to use an insanity defense for his client.
As you’ll recall Wimberly is accused of shooting and killing Amanda Collette in the halls of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Allegedly the shooting was because Amanda spurned Wimberly’s romantic advances.
A notice filed Thursday by Wimberly’s lawyer, Larry S. Davis, outlined what the defense contends are several causes of mental illness. They include allegedly being molested by an unnamed family member at age 6, being abandoned several times by her parents and beatings by her parents.
I’m sorry your childhood sucked but Amanda Collette had nothing to do with that and didn’t deserve to be murdered.
Monrovia man pleads guilty to luring girls online:
I originally posted about Gregory Scott Serrano here and here. He’s the man from Monrovia, California who was indicted in Los Angeles County for molesting and/or taking nude pictures of 10 female victims ages 13 to 17. He met his victims through MySpace.
He originally pleaded not guilty but has now has changed his plea to guilty. Considering he was facing a life sentence I’m not surprised he changed his plea. He’s now looking at just a mere 20 years when he’s sentenced.
Robber’s MySpace boasting leads to conviction:
27-year-old Joseph Northington of Roanoke, Virginia robbed a bank in North Augusta, South Carolina. A friend from North Augusta recognized him from surveillance footage and dimed him out. While he was on the run from police he updated his MySpace status to “On tha run for robbin a bank Love all of yall.”
I guess that’s why Northington pleaded guilty to bank robbery in federal court this past Thursday. Since he has the criminal prowess that would rival that of even Clyde Barrow himself I am pleased to award Mr. Worthington with…
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3 men indicted in sexual listing:
Trio Charged With Promoting Prostitution:
I was actually going to do this story just for the new 22 Acacia Avenue section of the site but then I found out that craigslist was involved so now I get to do this story for two sections at once.
Anyway a Hawaiian District Court has indicted Marcus Xavier Arrington, 19, Anthony Terrell Fuller, 20, and Brad Yick Kin Young, 20, of pimping out a 16-year-old girl on craigslist this past December. The girl was a runaway who was allegedly forced to have sex with Arrington and other men six to eight times a day for 10 days in December. Arrington and his buddies are allegedly part of a gang called H-mob. The victim claims that she was abused by Arrington and was afraid not to do what he said.
Since craigslist has changed their erotic services policy I can’t trash them too bad except to say they should have done it a long time ago so what happened to this girl could have been prevented.
Now on to the 22AA section of the post. Consenting? Not on your life. Adult? Not even close. Would this have happened if prostitution was legal? You betcha. There’s always going to be a demand for the young. Again, here’s your ‘victimless’ crime.
Craigslist chief Jim Buckmaster: we’re the victim of a witch-hunt:
craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster slings hyperbole again, this time in the British media. Here’s what he told The Guardian…
“We were just the subjects of a witch-hunt over a certain class of ads,” he said. “We’ve had this recent episode where a grandstanding politician has decided to call us out as criminals in a way that was unfair, unreasonable and unlawful.”
“Journalistic media have no interest in reporting on far larger numbers, and far more graphic ads that exist in their own publications,” he said. “They only have an interest in reporting such ads as they appear on the internet, and on Craigslist in particular.”
Well Jim, I’m neither a grandstanding politician nor a hypocritical media outlet and yet I’ve been calling for craigslist to clean up its act long before either of those entities were. What do you have to say about me Jim? Please enlighten me, I’m dying to know.