Personally I think people who push their kids into modeling are mentally deficient. Too many people see it as a get rich quick scheme without realizing how many people out there want to take advantage of their children. I’ve posted too many stories about child predators and human traffickers who used the allure of modeling to get close to their victims. However if you’re going to push your kid in that direction don’t post ads on craigslist looking for work for your kid.
One such woman from Bakersfield, California placed such an ad and police say it was responded to 43-yer-old Charles Max Pollock of Las Vegas. That’s over a four-hour trip and almost 300 miles in case you were wondering. Pollock allegedly said that he was a photographer, rented a motel room and took explicit photos of the child. No word on the age of the child but he’s at least of computer using age since the article states that Pollock continued communication with the child. Since Pollock crossed state lines he’s looking at 30 years in federal prison.
Craigslist is the cesspool of the internet. If you post just about any ad in regards to an underage child you more than likely to get a response from a child predator than a talent agent.
I can’t do every craigslist creeper story anymore because there are just too many of them. Every once in a while though, it only takes a mugshot to make me stop and post one of those stories. For example take 51-year-old Jeff Beckman of Rosholt, Wisconsin. Have you ever heard the expression ‘don’t get your nose bent out of shape’? It looks like he did.
Anyway, Beckman has recently pleaded not guilty to child solicitation and child porn charges. Police in nearby Marathon County say that Beckman allegedly responded to a craigslist ad they placed posing as someone peddling children. They say that Beckman was willing to pay $60 to have sex with three children, ages 12, 14, and 15. Police later found child porn while searching his home.
Yet as a society we’re still apathetic towards getting craigslist to monitor their own yard. I wonder if the ad the police placed was even flagged by anyone on their local craigslist. Somehow I doubt that it was.
I originally posted about the murder of Felix DeJesus here. The 39-year-old father of two was gunned down in 2013 while still in his car in Hartford, Connecticut. He was selling a tablet computer and went to meet the seller since the seller said they didn’t own a car. A year passed without an arrest being made although police had a person of interest.
That person of interest may now be a suspect as Hartford police have arrested 22-year-old Rashad Moon and charged him with DeJesus’ murder.
While a lot of transactions take place through craigslist with no incident in my opinion there’s enough that end in tragedy that cause me not to use Craigslist. To me it seems like a game of Russian Roulette anytime someone uses craigslist for no matter what purpose. Eventually someone is going to get the bullet.
UPDATE 6/30/2014: Hartford police have arrested a 2nd suspect in 20-year-old Marvin Mathis. It’s unclear at present what Mathis’ alleged role was in the murder of Felix DeJesus.
If the alleged charged against Kevin Cornish are true the man is not only a dangerous predator but he’s a world-class scumbag too.
The 42-year-old man from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, has been not only charged in the alleged craigslist rape of an 18-year-old victim but he may be behind a massive human trafficking scheme as well.
Police say that Cornish posted an ad on craigslist advertising for a home health care aide job. Cornish is said to have rapes the victim at his home after a fake interview and telling her he had the job. He is also said to have made her fill out and sign an additional ‘application’ for her to work for him as a prostitute. In my opinion it sounds like he was trying to convince her that she was legally his property now. I have heard of this trick being used before by traffickers.
After the victim escaped and contacted police they found fifty more of these applications which means he could possibly have other rape victims as well.
When dealing with any ad on craigslist Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood said it best.
“There are a lot of sickos out there. You really have to be careful.”
My advice, don’t use craigslist at all for anything.
Due to all the breaking stories lately I’ve had to put the craigslist creepers and other predators on the back burner so I’m going to try to get these stories out as quick as possible today.
Anyway, 31-year-old Joshua Rube of Austin, Texas, has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl that he met through craigslist. Police say that Rube placed an ad promising free room and board for someone who’d be willing to do “adult video work.”
A 16-year-old girl responded to the ad and is even said to have told Rube her real age. Sadly this was not an undercover detective but an actual girl who Rube allegedly had sexual contact with. The girl’s mother discovered the e-mails between Rube and the victim.
Since when is 16-years-old considered ‘adult’? This also shows that kids are on craigslist despite what the creeper defenders say.
TF Man Sentenced in Craigslist Rape Case:
Twin Falls man sentenced for solicitation of rape:
In 2012 Justin Crawford of Twin Falls, Idaho, posted ads on craigslist posing as his wife advertising that she had a rape fantasy. Two men on separate occasions tried to rape her. One was able to wrest her gun away from her before leaving while the other was held at gunpoint by the victim until police arrived. Thankfully neither were able to rape her.
Crawford was recently sentenced for solicitation of rape and it wasn’t much of a sentence. He could spend 10 years in prison if the judge deems it necessary after he completes psychological treatment by the State of Idaho. So in theory after the program he could walk off a free man.
Crawford claims that this was all an elaborate suicide plot caused by his PTSD from serving in the National Guard overseas. He says he thought his wife would care less about him and would make it easier for him to commit suicide. Personally I think it’s a load of crap. He wouldn’t be the first guy to get his jollies from seeing his wife raped by a stranger from craigslist. I think he’s using PTSD as an excuse but hey, I’m not a judge. If I was he’s be going away for a long time.
To me he’s just another prototypical example of the kind of scum that infest craigslist while craigslist refuses to do anything about it. What makes it worse is the people who turn a blind eye to these crimes and still support craigslist like it’s some kind of community outreach program. It’s not, it’s still dirty and still in need of cleaning up.
FBI: Man traveled to have sex with two girls:
The article I linked to is really short but how could I pass on that mugshot? Yeesh.
Anyway, 23-year-old Edward Vadney of Winter Haven, Florida, was arrested in Seminole County, Florida, after allegedly posting an ad on craigslist. The ad seemed to indicate that Vadney wanted to have sex with young children. Responding to the ad was a father of two, a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old. Vadney allegedly responded that he would only have sex with the children if it was ‘cool’ with their father.
Of course since you’re reading this here and it did take place in Florida the father turned out to be an FBI agent and Vadney was arrested.
No word on if he also planned on stealing the children’s souls.
Still, no one cares except me apparently that craigslist doesn’t monitor their own site for cretins like this even though they probably inhabit every section of the site.
Family frustrated after no arrests in Craigslist murder:
Murder victim Felix DeJesus
How sad is it that a craigslist murder took place and it escaped my attention. I probably got it mixed up with one of the other several dozen. What’s even more sad that in that time no one has been brought to justice for the death of Felix DeJesus.
Felix DeJesus, of Hartford, Connecticut, was engaged to be married and a father of two young children. Her was selling two tablet computers on craigslist. Normally he would meet the buyers in public but this buyer said that he didn’t have a car so Felix felt sorry for him according to his fiance and the mother of his children. Sounds like a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately someone took advantage of Felix’s big heart.
Felix was shot and killed while still sitting in his car. Hartford police have a person of interest but no arrest has been made in the year since Felix’s murder. Hopefully it’s just a case of the police dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s. I hope that Felix’s killer is brought to justice soon.
If you’re selling something on craigslist I would advise you not to. If you decide to anyway I would recommend meeting the buyer at the local police station. That should weed out a lot of potential threats.
Hicks and Martinez-Alcauter
Craigslist ads land 2 in jail for luring minors:
It seems that May is the month where craigslist creepers come into bloom in the state of Oregon. On the heels of the arrest of a craigslist creeper in Portland and the conviction of a craigslist rapist in Tigard we have new of two more men being arrested on craigslist related charges.
Back we go to Portland where 26-year-old Edgar Martinez-Alcauter and 38-year-old Jeffrey G. Hicks were arrested in separate incidents for allegedly attempting to lure children for sex through craigslist.
Martinez-Alcauter is said to have replied to an ad posted by police posing as a 16-year-old girl. He allegedly sent explicit photos of himself and when asked if he minded the girl’s age he is said to have replied ” I don’t care unless you do.”
In Hicks case he allegedly posted an ad looking for sex with a ‘young girl’. When police responded posing again as a 16-year-old girl Hicks was said to have replied about her age “I dont care about your age.”
I’m guessing they both care now.
Tigard man who met victims through Craigslist convicted of rape again:
Justice delayed may be justice denied but at least it’s justice served. Ronald Leistiko of Tigard, Oregon, was the very first craigslist rapist I ever posted about way back in 2007. He was accused of raping two people that he met through craigslist. One was a 25-year-old exotic dancer and the other a 15-year-old child prostitute. In 2008 Leistiko was convicted of rape and sentenced to 25 years behind bars. Then in 2012 the craigslist rape convictions were overturned after the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that a witness who claimed that she was raped by Leistiko but not one of the victims in the trial was allowed to testify.
This past week Leistiko was convicted once again of raping these two victims. Once again his lawyers tried arguing that the sex was consensual.
Defense attorney Lawrence Taylor argued that the victims were not believable.
The teenager refused to take the cash Leistiko offered her, Taylor said. Prostitution is all about money, he argued, so it didn’t make sense for her to turn down payment.
And, Taylor said, the girl’s pimp didn’t seek retribution for her even though part of a pimp’s job is to prevent rape.
Wow, who’s lower a child rapist or the man who tries to justify his clients intentions?
He’s scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow so keep your eyes out on this post for the outcome. I pray to God that it’s more than the 25 years he originally received. This scumbag fits the definition of monster to a t.