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MySpace Predator Could Have 100 Teen Victims

Posted by on May. 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM
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Police: MySpace Predator Could Have 100 Teen Victims

Saturday, May 16, 2009
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KTLA: Authorities believe there may be dozens of victims of a MySpace scam that targeted teenage girls thoughout California, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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32-year-old Joshua David Threlkeld is accused of posing as a 14-year-old girl to get teens to model for photos, then having sex with them.

At least ten victims have been identified in Orange, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Investigators believe there could be up to 100 more.

Threlkeld was arrested Friday, following an investigation that began in February with a report from two teenage girls who said they were contacted by a man who posed as a 14-year-old girl using the name Sarah Miller on MySpace, according to sheriff's Sgt. David Gutierrez.

The girls were asked if they wanted to pose for photos with a man named "Josh" who ran a modeling agency called "Model-508 Studio," according to sheriff's officials. The two girls were picked up in Moreno Valley and driven to Orange County where the man photographed them. One of the girls was asked to pose during a second photo shoot in Palm Springs. Officials say that's when the man had sex with the girl.

"When she became despondent because she wouldn't be paid for modeling, Threlkeld offered her money for sex," sheriff's Detective Matthew Weinstein wrote in the declaration in support of an arrest warrant.

"Desperate to get money because her mother was on welfare and ... behind on rent," the girl agreed and got into a shower with the defendant, where she gave him oral sex and allowed him to do the same, as well as another sex act, the detective alleged.

The girl was allegedly paid $120 and taken home, Weinstein said.

Authorities were alerted after a friend of one of the girls learned about the alleged incidents and told her own mother, who contacted that girl's mother, according to court documents.

Investigators were able to track down a man who fit the description of "Josh" using MySpace. His neck tattoos made him easy to track down, according to Guitierrez.

Police searched Threlkeld's Orange County home and seized computers, cell phones, and cameras.

Investigators with the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team checked the suspect's MySpace site, `Model-508 Studios," and determined it was an online solicitation site for nude modeling work, and was apparently geared toward girls between 13 and 17 years of age, authorities said.

According to Weinstein, Threlkeld was successful in getting many girls to send him graphic, revealing poses of themselves.

Weinstein's declaration states that Threlkeld, in an interview with detectives, admitted to being "sick" and taking nude photos of girls and sending those photos to them in order to entice them into taking more sexually explicit photos for him.

Threlkeld said he need help for his "addiction," Weinstein wrote.

"He claimed the original two victims were `jealous' and he did not know what they would say about him," Weinstein wrote.

Threlkeld is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of kidnapping to commit rape; aggravated sexual assault of a minor by force; penetration by force, violence, duress, menace or fear; communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a specified offense; and arranging a meeting with a minor.

More charges in connection with additional alleged victims, plus child pornography charges, may be forthcoming, authorities indicated.

Does your child use Myspace? At what age did they join? Do you have their password? Would you be their friend? How do you protect your children online?

 





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by on May. 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM
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ColtsFan1912
by Bronze Member on May. 16, 2009 at 1:21 PM

disgusting perv



anita73
by on May. 16, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Personally, I think the age of consent should be 13 like it is in Spain, Japan and many other countries.  So I can't get too wound up about things like this.

spoiled_wife
by Member on May. 16, 2009 at 5:48 PM

I can't really make it out from the article.

But. It reads as though none of these girls were forced into anything. They all went to the man and participated in what they did willingly.

Doesn't make him any less responsible. He is an adult.

He is a predator. Needs to be locked up.

But as a society, we should wonder why these young girls are so willing to do this stuff. From sexting, sending nude pics, placing nude pics online, and responding willingly in thise types of situations. 

                                               

anita73
by on May. 16, 2009 at 5:57 PM

It's called hormones.  Teen girls do have sex drives.

Quoting spoiled_wife:

But as a society, we should wonder why these young girls are so willing to do this stuff. From sexting, sending nude pics, placing nude pics online, and responding willingly in thise types of situations. 


spoiled_wife
by Member on May. 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM

I had my share of raging hormones.. Still do at 44.. lol Hell those hormones are raging all over again.. lmao

I would have never thought of doing those things. Of course, devil's advocate, these types of mediams were not available back in those days.

That's why I'm, in all honestly, leaning towards thinking along the lines of what you stated. Should the age of consent be reconsidered.....

After all. Age of consent wasn't always as high as it is now, in the past people got married and did whatever at very young ages. Now we live in a society that supresses that to a point, society tries to supress those natural urges that these age groups experience. Hell our society still wants to treat 20 something year olds like they are clueless children to a degree.  I know many say  that they are children and they can not make sure choices on their own. But obviously they are making these choices, and others are being held responsible for those choices, parents  as well as those who take advantage of these teens.

Quoting anita73:

It's called hormones.  Teen girls do have sex drives.

Quoting spoiled_wife:

But as a society, we should wonder why these young girls are so willing to do this stuff. From sexting, sending nude pics, placing nude pics online, and responding willingly in thise types of situations. 

 


                                               

anita73
by on May. 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Yeah, there's really no reason to have an age of consent that's years past puberty.  Other societies seem to have few problems with it.  America is schizophrenic when it comes to sex.  We are awash in sexual images on the one hand, but want to pretend everyone under the age of 16 or 18 is as pure as the driven snow and if they have sex it can only be because of "corruption" or "abuse"...strictly for the birds.

Quoting spoiled_wife:

That's why I'm, in all honestly, leaning towards thinking along the lines of what you stated. Should the age of consent be reconsidered.....

After all. Age of consent wasn't always as high as it is now, in the past people got married and did whatever at very young ages. Now we live in a society that supresses that to a point, society tries to supress those natural urges that these age groups experience. Hell our society still wants to treat 20 something year olds like they are clueless children to a degree. 

 

tericared
by on May. 16, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Yes he is an adult and what he did was wrong, but what about these girls? Why are they going along with all of this? Where are their parents?

Palestinian People are defending themselves and their Land and their Homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.

sweetie00
by on May. 16, 2009 at 7:11 PM

I hope they don't use this as an excuse to put more rules and regulations on internet use, like what they are trying to do with Craigslist.

ddbz
by Silver Member on May. 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM


Quoting anita73:

Personally, I think the age of consent should be 13 like it is in Spain, Japan and many other countries.  So I can't get too wound up about things like this.

I'm afraid that I must differ with you on this issue. I just posted in the drug thread about how much is going on in the adolescent brain: 13 is far too young to be deciding to have sex at all.

You should also check out the abortion rates in those other countries (I'm pro-choice but there's no need to promote practices that cause unplanned preg's)  and how many of those men fuel the child prostitution industry throughout the world.

Just google "adolescent brain" and read a few articles. It's horrifying to think that teens have so very little abiltiy to manage their own lives, and that we as parents aren't aware of these medically proven facts.

anita73
by on May. 16, 2009 at 9:06 PM

 

Quoting ddbz:

I'm afraid that I must differ with you on this issue. I just posted in the drug thread about how much is going on in the adolescent brain: 13 is far too young to be deciding to have sex at all.

Thousands of years of evolution would've selected it out if that were actually true.  (Some of us want it to be true, so we imagine it must be.) 

You should also check out the abortion rates in those other countries (I'm pro-choice but there's no need to promote practices that cause unplanned preg's)  and how many of those men fuel the child prostitution industry throughout the world.

I have looked at the abortion rates and there is not the correlation you suggest.  Cuba has the world's highest abortion to live birth ratio (58.6% of all pregnancies are terminated!), and has an average age of consent, 16.  In Spain, the age of consent is 13 and the percentage is 12.6%.  In South Korea, the age of consent is 13 and the percentage is 24.6%.  In the U.S. the age of consent ranges from 16 to 18 and the percentage is 25.9%.  Now, you can use the stats to cherrypick some other countries that would lead you to the opposite conclusion if you want, but that just proves there is no real correlation.

As for prostitution, as everyone knows from the "drug war", illegality is the one indispensable condition for turning anything into a black market commodity.  That doesn't mean you can legalize everything, but you have to do a serious consideration of the costs versus the benefits.

Just google "adolescent brain" and read a few articles. It's horrifying to think that teens have so very little abiltiy to manage their own lives, and that we as parents aren't aware of these medically proven facts.

Obviously it's true that the adolescent brain is still developing.  That doesn't change the fact that all over the world, adolescents are given, and successfully meet, all sorts of expectations that American adolescents nowadays couldn't begin to cope with. Same applies to American teenagers 100 years ago compared to modern ones.  The point being, it's not physiological; it's cultural.

BTW here are my sources:

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/25s3099.html

http://www.avert.org/age-of-consent.htm

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