Omegle trolling teacher arrested on child porn charges

Eugene Ballantyne

Ex-Teacher Arrested Porno Charges Filed:

The smiling doofus up there is 29-year-old Eugene Ballantyne of Running Springs, California. Ballantyne was recently arrested on child porn charged when it was discovered that he had been allegedly trading explicit pictures with a 13-year-old girl from New Jersey. Ballantyne is said to have met the girl on the anonymous chat site Omegle.

For those of you not familiar with Omegle it is a chat site that let’s you talk with random strangers either through text or webcam. Their motto is “Talk to Strangers.” Their terms of service allows anyone as young as 13 to be on their site. The instructions and warnings on their site are kind of disturbing…

Omegle is a great way of meeting new friends. When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, and you can disconnect whenever you like, although there is also nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you choose to.

Do not behave inappropriately on Omegle, and understand that human behavior is fundamentally uncontrollable. The people you encounter on Omegle may not behave appropriately. Use Omegle at your own peril, and do not use Omegle if you are under 13, or without a parent/guardian’s permission if you are under 18. Disconnect if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable.

So as far as I can tell the chats are unmoderated and anything goes. I respect the fact that Omegle has the right to do business as they see fit as slimy as it is. However I would imagine that this site would be a goldmine for would be predators looking to talk to an underage girl just like Ballantyne allegedly did.

Reports say that Ballantyne was well aware of her age especially considering that he told the girl to not tell anyone and to delete all his texts and e-mails. Ballantyne also allegedly admitted to receiving explicit images from a 15-year-old girl and driving 180 miles to have sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Again I have to remind parents that you shouldn’t be allowing your kids to go on sites like Omegle nor should they have webcams. No 13-year-old girl should be chatting with strangers on the internet. As I’ve said many times before sites like Omegle don’t give a shit about your kids and you are the only defense between your kids and the sexual predators that lurk on the internet.

  • Your_Pal_Nancy

    Whats the easiest way to share stories from my droid?

    • http://gplus.to/trenchreynolds Trench Reynolds

      When you’re on the page press the menu button then ‘more’ and then ‘share this page’. 

      • Your_Pal_Nancy

        Awesome. I’ve had this phone since August and never knew this!

        • http://gplus.to/trenchreynolds Trench Reynolds

          Glad to be of assistance. 

  • kkd

    yea theres things worse than that. my friend and i we’re 14,15 yrs, were on there a while back. and we saw this “webcam” of a guy, bit instead of his face he put his webcam to a child prn video. a real one. like this little girl no more than 7, and it was horrible i cant even explain. she was doing these things (i cant explain too horrible) it was like a childs body, how can ppl effin DO THAT TO A FKIN KID!?!?! we were just shocked. i was hoping so effin bad it was not a real kid and just fake or some adult posing as a kid but no, it was real. one hundred percent real life. and i feel so weird n angry about it. n the guy was like “i have more clips too” and started to change it, but we nexted quick. i mean i knew there were stuff like this in the world, but seeing it irl just effed me up so badly. i cant even explain how i feel. its like im feeling drained right now. just had to let it out somewhere, its the most horrible feeling. its probbly the most sickening thing i have even seen in my life.

    • http://gplus.to/trenchreynolds Trench Reynolds

      Every parent should see this comment.

      • http://sirkissa.wordpress.com/ Sirkissa

        I agree!!!!

      • Guest

        Why? So they beat their kids into typing proper English?

  • Renee

    The site is monitored as of these past months, and other free-lance individuals are working on banning as many ‘suspicious’ IP addresses that connect as possible. Other Blacklisted IPs are not allowed on the site.

    • http://sirkissa.wordpress.com/ Sirkissa

      Who is doing the monitoring? Omelge, LE, organizations or private citizens? Thanks.

  • Young_Commentary

    In my opinion Omegle should be allowed for all ages. Before I go into this long comment, I’m not doing this because I “want to go on omegle”, I’m doing this for all honesty. I’m an eleven year old kid, who had the audacity to post this comment. Oh, and I’m not a troll.
    Before we begin, I’d like to address a few things, more or less establish a basic idea: Any incident can happen to anyone of any age, therefore not letting a 14 year old (to be somewhat generic) go on omegle would really serve no purpose whatsoever, other than to prohibit the person from meeting new people. I am well aware of the risks, but really? Age restrictions… I’m starting to lose faith in humanity as it is. That’s awfully rare coming from someone who hasn’t even lived as long as most of you guys, but I’m serious. Another point I’d like to make clear is that you’re held liable for your own actions. Regardless of who you are, and what age. And with that in mind, you’re responsible for what you do. It should be your choice, it’s on you. Stop overlooking the fact that these people (not kids/teens) are under (insert age here), and (insert bad type of person here) people are on the internet. Yes, there might be some people that way. And, yes, they can be VERY dangerous. But do we really need all this eradicated from a person.
    I’m giving you a more frank opinion: As an eleven year old boy, I’m extremely lonely. Now I’m not a “no-life”, and I still have several irl friends, but that’s not enough. Usually past 10:00PM they’re not on Skype. And most of them don’t even have one, sadly. And I get extremely lonely, so this site usually helps me a lot. I have read the text that clearly states “Do not use omegle if you’re under 13.”. But really? I cannot bare to even comply with that. It’s inevitable to my mind to refuse an offer like this regardless of the circumstances, and hypothetical punishment you may/may not be bound to face. (Since time is merely a philosophical illusion that we, humans, have been tricked into thinking.)
    Finally, we’re starting the more descriptive (if I wasn’t enough at the beginning) explination as to why Omegle should be 9+, or maybe even 10+.
    FIRST OF ALL: Social interaction. I may’ve stated this hence pretty well, but then again I don’t think that cleared it all up. As someone prohibited from leaving the neighborhood I’m bounded to by intimidation, and somewhat of a mental psychology (e.g: Your parents telling you you’re grounded if you do.), I cannot just go outside and meet a random kid on the street, EXCEPT the kids I have already interacted with, regardless of my emotions towards them. That would only allow me to interact with about a (About 1k / 20 [Since lots of people just stay home all day.]), and a further /25 since most people aren’t even around my age. That eliminates it down to about 2 people to the percisest measure. Maybe I have school, but as far as that goes, most people there stay in social groups, I am in one too, but usually they are arrogant, not to mention somewhat annoying groups. That would probably down it to about 5 people. And as I’ve stated hence 5 friends isn’t enough for me, and probably many more people. So omegle will introduce me to lots of new people! REGARDLESS IF THEY’RE BAD OR NOT!! IF they can hack by some chance using I believe some .mp4, and some .(idr the filename) hack can hack your webcam. So just disable it if you’re under 2 or something, or if you fear the risk of being stalked. The ground rules you must establish here are as follows to have a VERY low chance for this to happen:
    – Use a proxy. (If possible.)
    – Don’t give your phone number, and address. Skype’s okay, as long as you’re mature enough to handle it. I suggest giving your g-mail to random people, or something like that tbh.
    – Don’t give your full name.
    SECOND REASON: Helping out. Because many people these days get offended by things, sometimes if you get the right type of person they could help you out with some situation or something. I’m not the type of person who needs that, but if you’re in a serious situation where everyone “hates you” and you take it seriously, then this could be the cure. Just disconnect from the “bad people”. I honestly don’t recommend it per say, but it could help :D!
    THIRD REASON: Other human’s behavior (regardless of age) is fundamentally uncontrollable. So technically it’s possible for a 5 year old to be a predator. As stupid as that sounds (to be somewhat derogatory) it’s actually possible. Now, who’d think of that, I don’t know, but one thing’s for sure anyone other than you, you have no control over whatsoever, and therefore you cannot dictate them be as you wish. Besides, most people don’t even have the judgment to lead properly, anyway. Ha… ha… (insert lame joke randomly in a serious comment here.) Anyways, with that aside we have our final reason coming up likely henceforth (disregarding the fact that time is a philosophical illusion.)
    FOURTH REASON: Promotion. I’m not going to explain this one very well, but you can easily get more subs on YouTube, and other social media by doing this. Now that leads to “security risks”, as long as your parents allowed you to make a social media, I think you should be fine, and this should help! :) Oh, and I lied, there is actually a fifth reason. It’s more of a frank opinion, but it’s a reason nonetheless.
    FIFTH REASON: Rofl!! You can laugh so hard with trolling, I just cannot explain it. I haven’t the time to do so yet, just watch a video. Even though it could hurt other people, so try to refrain from doing it to people ALL the time. Just maybe occasionally.
    SIXTH REASON: IP moderation. ’nuff said, I have to go really soon! They moderate very well, and are active at moderation :D! So no kids be doing that stuff, well most of the time.
    CONCLUSION: I believe regardless of it’s flaws, I think that’s just a given. I think overall this is safe. Just be careful out there! And this could help a lot of people out there, so I suggest this for MOST children.

    • http://trenchreynolds.me/ Trench Reynolds

      If you’re 11 then I’m 21.

      Most websites including Omegle have a terms of service that require you to be at least 13 to use their site.

      • Young_Commentary

        I have been well aware of that, sir. Though I just couldn’t resist it. If by some low chance you’re a site moderator there don’t ban me from the site, as I haven’t broken any rules other than the one as listed.

        And, yeah, they should also change that to 9+. That site, although, doesn’t have a ToS.

        Oh, and what do you mean by: “if you’re 11, then I’m 21″. Are you implying that you’re automatically 10 years older or something? Or are you just saying that it’s possible for someone to be 10 years older than you on a site. Which, yes, it obviously is. I don’t see a problem with that, as long as the person doesn’t give out his/her private personal information. (e.g: address, and phone number, and IP) If you meant the hypothetical difference, then as I’ve stated hence, stop overlooking the ages. Age doesn’t really have much to do with this, maybe other than looks, and possible emotional maturity / knowledge / wisdom.

        But I digress, that could somewhat of a security risk. As long as the kid doesn’t give out his IP (I doubt this hypothetical child would even know his IP), and doesn’t give out his PN, and his Address, he should be fine. Unless, of course, the very low chance that 21 year old is a hacker. But still, the child should be able to find out thereof to the possible day of his kidnapping. Unless of course the child is clueless.

        But thanks for your comment. :D. That gave me something to think about, and I thought nobody would reply. I’ll take what you said into consideration if I post another comment like this on another site.

        • http://trenchreynolds.me/ Trench Reynolds

          What I’m saying is I don’t believe your 11-years-old in any way shape or form.

          • Young_Commentary

            I truly am. PROOF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIEi4Sd_Ing That’s my irl pic, and I’m moving around just for more legitimate proof of it. There’s no denying it.

          • http://trenchreynolds.me/ Trench Reynolds

            Claiming to be some kid on YouTube doesn’t automatically make it true. And yes Omegle does have a TOS.

            http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11342210.Warnings_to_York_parents_over__unsafe__website/?ref=rss

            Omegle users must be aged over 18, or over 13 with parental permission

          • RedRedMane

            Trench, I think it’s safe to assume that what we’re “dealing with” here, is not a kid. “Young Commentary” is really probably some 56 year old “retiree” who has a graying beard, a thinning hairline, and is more than likely wearing “bifocals!!!”

          • RedRedMane

            You don’t have Trench Reynolds, here, fooled, either! What are you REALLY trying to do, Young Commentary?,…plead the case for the “pedophile open-door” to remain OPEN on these highly questionable chat sites??? At this point, I think all of us on this blog are now forced to inquire about your “motives!” What are you playing this absurd “game” for?

    • edrebber

      You’re obviously a pedophile.

      • Young_Commentary

        I am not a pedophile. Need legitimate proof? Well here ya have it:


        An eleven year old is mentally capable of being “smart” as most would say, ma’am.

        • RedRedMane

          This may indeed be “true” , Young Commentary, but who do you think you are? Little Man Tate???? 11 year olds simply have not had the TIME it takes to “accumulate” the intelligence, wisdom and EXPERIENCE that you have CLEARLY demonstrated, Sir!!! Chew on THAT one for awhile!!!

    • RedRedMane

      Believe me, you DO NOT TALK like an 11 year old child! I’m not sure what to make of you. Your writing skills are WAY advanced of those possessed by the average 11 year old. And don’t tell me it’s because of the great “education” you’re recieving! Education in obama’s common-core, dumbed down education system flat out SUCKS!!! You write with the skills of a fkn NOVELIST!
      What do ” I ” think? I think you are a pathetic peter pan “pretender!” ( kindof like Michael Jackson.) And if so, “why” are you making the “above argument?” Are you trying to see to it that there will always be prepubescent children on scummy chat sites like Chatroulette and Omegle? Are you “really” a kid? Or are you a man or woman who is delusional and hence, you only THINK that you are still a kid!?!?
      Again, you write “suspiciously” well for a child so very YOUNG.

      • RedRedMane

        In fact, man,…I KNOW you can’t be a kid!!! You just demonstrated in your above posted NOVEL, that you possess a vast LIBRARY of knowledge, wisdom beyond your immature years, and advice that is akin to the exact type of advice an experienced criminal would give to others “like” his or herself!!! So “cut the crap” stop pretending to be something you obviously are NOT, and get yourself some professional “help” before you end up being arrested and charged as a PEDOPHILE like the poor deluded fools in the above article!!!!!!
        You may have everybody you know fooled, … but you don’t fool ME.
        Take my advice, and go get that professional help. You probably won’t survive a lengthy prison sentence. And if you somehow DO manage to survive as a sicko behind bars, you WILL NOT enjoy life as a registered SEX OFFENDER!!!!!***