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Starting to Make "Friends" Online - Tho rn for Parents 04/26/2022

Starting to Make "Friends" Online - Tho rn for Parents

Starting to Make "Friends" Online - Tho rn for Parents Whether playing games or using a friend ’s or sibling’s phone, kids may encount er strangers and "friends" online sooner th an you planned.

Sextortion | Federal Bureau of Investigati on 04/17/2022

Sextortion | Federal Bureau of Investigati on

Sextortion | Federal Bureau of Investigati on Sextortion is a crime that involv es adults coercing kids and teens in to sending explicit images online. The F BI has several resources to help caregive rs and young people better understand wh at sextortion is, how to protect again st it, and how to talk abo ut this growing and devastating threat.

NCMEC on Twitter 04/17/2022

NCMEC on Twitter

https://twitter.com/missingkids/status/1514408152468496392?s=21&t=-L0WBxT0207VOenQQp3siA

NCMEC on Twitter “According to our partners, @thorn, produci ng, sharing, and re-sharing sexual images is becomi ng increasingly common and even considered norm al among peers. https://t.co/NfDoSM1MoN”

Why Checking Your Kids’ Devices is Sma rt Not Snooping - Child Rescue Coaliti on 03/07/2022

Why Checking Your Kids’ Devices is Sma rt Not Snooping - Child Rescue Coaliti on

Why Checking Your Kids’ Devices is Sma rt Not Snooping - Child Rescue Coaliti on Glen Pounder, COO of Child Resc ue Coalition says, “Perhaps the real questi on should be why not check yo ur kid’s phone?" Read more about w hy all parents need to monitor the ir kids' devices frequently to stay sa fe online.

03/02/2022

To ending the cycle 🙏

71-year-old Murphy man charged with soliciti ng underage girl online 03/02/2022

71-year-old Murphy man charged with soliciti ng underage girl online

71-year-old Murphy man charged with soliciti ng underage girl online A 71-year-old man tried to solic it an underage girl online and is n ow in custody, according to Cherokee Coun ty Sheriff Derrick Palmer. Walter Leland Watki ns is now in the Cherokee Coun ty Detention Center. Sheriff Palmer says t he investigation into Watkins began last Septemb er after a report he had b ...

North Carolina man sentenced for indece nt actions in front of school b us full of kids 03/02/2022

North Carolina man sentenced for indece nt actions in front of school b us full of kids

North Carolina man sentenced for indece nt actions in front of school b us full of kids A 38-year-old man in Cherokee Coun ty, North Carolina will spend the ne xt four to eight years behind ba rs after he was convicted of pleasuri ng himself on his porch in fu ll view of a school bus fu ll of kids. Cherokee County Sheriff Derri ck Palmer says a judge sentenced Bre tt Allen Parrish of Andrews o...

What is Kik, the messaging a pp tied to multiple child porn arres ts? 02/20/2022

What is Kik, the messaging a pp tied to multiple child porn arres ts?

What is Kik, the messaging a pp tied to multiple child porn arres ts? SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — K ik is a Canadian messaging app creat ed by University of Waterloo students in 20 09, according to their website. It is al so a platform that has gained attenti on for …

Europe is world’s largest host of chi ld pornography, advocacy groups say 02/09/2022

Europe is world’s largest host of chi ld pornography, advocacy groups say

Europe is world’s largest host of chi ld pornography, advocacy groups say The dissemination of child pornography h as exploded during the pandemic, NGOs warn ed on Safer Internet Day (8 Februar y), pressuring the European Commission to prese nt its initiative to counter the phenomen on following months of unexplained delays.

02/08/2022

Today is . Let’s abo ut sextortion, the online exploitation crime direct ed toward children in which coercion or blackma il are used.

01/15/2022

PRESS RELEASE
January 14, 2022

Sheriff Robert L. Holla nd

On January 6, 2022, Detectives fr om the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Speci al Victims Unit received an Internet Crim es Against Children (ICAC) Cyber Tip. T he MCSO Special Victims Unit is al so part of the NC State Bure au of Investigation ICAC Task Force a nd receives information in reference to crim es of possession, manufacture and distribution of chi ld pornography. Subsequent to receiving the t ip, an investigation was initiated by detectiv es and the suspect was identified as Richa rd Sevear Greene, of 109 West O ld Murphy Rd. in Franklin.

A search warra nt was issued and executed at t he residence of Mr. Greene on Janua ry 12, 2022 by the Macon Coun ty Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit/ IC AC Task Force. Agents with the Sta te Bureau of Investigation SBI/ ICAC assist ed in the execution of the sear ch warrant.

On January 12, 2022 Richa rd Sevear Greene, age 53, was arrest ed at his residence on 109 We st Old Murphy Rd. on three coun ts of 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Min or. Mr. Greene is currently being he ld on a $250,000 secured bond.

This investigati on continues and additional charges will be forthcomi ng.

NCSBI gets record number of onli ne child exploitation tips :: WRAL.com 01/15/2022

NCSBI gets record number of onli ne child exploitation tips :: WRAL.com

NCSBI gets record number of onli ne child exploitation tips :: WRAL.com The N.C. State Bureau of Investigati on said it has received a reco rd number of reports of suspected onli ne child exploitation for a second ye ar despite many students' return to classroo ms and parents' return to offices.

01/08/2022
FLETC on Twitter 01/03/2022

FLETC on Twitter

https://twitter.com/fletc/status/1478015253380227079?s=21

FLETC on Twitter “January is National Human Trafficking Preventi on Month. Follow and a ll month long for information, updates, a nd tips to help combat human trafficki ng. And remember, January 11 is . Foll ow @DHSBlueCampaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagr am to learn more.”

Fifteen times more child sexual abu se material found online than 10 yea rs ago 11/17/2021

Fifteen times more child sexual abu se material found online than 10 yea rs ago

Fifteen times more child sexual abu se material found online than 10 yea rs ago Experts from Internet Watch Foundation dema nd UK uses online safety bill to prote ct children

Photos from Brunswick County Sheriff's Offi ce, NC's post 09/11/2021

Good job Brunswick County

09/01/2021

Think about your child's four close st friends. Maybe it's kids from the ir soccer team or dance company. May be it's a group of kids fr om your neighborhood, cousins, or friends w ho feel more like family.

Statistically, 20% of th em will be sexually approached online befo re the age of 18. Will th ey know what to do? Will th ey feel safe enough to tell y ou? 

The internet is not an inherent ly bad thing - but like a ny tool - it can be dangero us if not used appropriately. Make su re you're equipping your kids with t he boundaries, tools, and knowledge to hand le any situation they encounter online - or at t he very least, building the trust in yo ur relationship that they can come to y ou if they feel unsafe.

Check out o ur blog for some specific tools a nd helpful tips from experts on h ow to have tough conversations and wa ys you can keep your kids sa fe online.

iPhone, iPad update will detect a nd report child sexual abuse images 08/06/2021

iPhone, iPad update will detect a nd report child sexual abuse images

iPhone, iPad update will detect a nd report child sexual abuse images Apple announced the feature as pa rt of a three-pronged update designed to ma ke their devices safer for minors.

Apple will report images of chi ld sexual abuse detected on iCloud to l aw enforcement 08/06/2021

Apple will report images of chi ld sexual abuse detected on iCloud to l aw enforcement

Apple will report images of chi ld sexual abuse detected on iCloud to l aw enforcement Apple started testing the system on Thursd ay, but most U.S. iPhone users won 't be part of it until an i OS 15 update later this year, App le said.

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Photos from Protect Young Eyes's po st 07/11/2021

Photos from Protect Young Eyes's po st

Photos from Child Rescue Coalition's po st 07/11/2021

Photos from Child Rescue Coalition's po st

U.S. now ‘world’s largest creator of chi ld sexual abuse material,’ investigator says 07/09/2021

U.S. now ‘world’s largest creator of chi ld sexual abuse material,’ investigator says

U.S. now ‘world’s largest creator of chi ld sexual abuse material,’ investigator says Investigators say stay-at-home orders and virtu al schooling have allowed predators to sexual ly victimize youth at an alarming ra te.

07/02/2021

SEX OFFENDER ARREST FOR FAILING TO REPO RT ONLINE IDENTIFIERS

Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palm er announced the July 01, 2021 arre st of Anthony Wayne Dendy, a 44 ye ar old male who listed a Murp hy North Carolina address, for violations of t he Sex Offender Registry.

In March 2021, Den dy reported in person to the Cherok ee County Sheriff’s Office to register as a convict ed sex offender. During the registration proce ss it was found that Dendy h ad been convicted for Assault with Inte nt to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct Fir st Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct wi th a Minor Second Degree in Anders on County South Carolina in 1998. D ue to the nature of the violatio ns Dendy was classified as a Aggravat ed Sex Offender.

During the registration proce ss of sex offenders they are requir ed to report any On-Line Identifiers, i .e. social media accounts, email addresses, et c., to the registering Sheriff. At t he time of registration Dendy completed an affidav it indicating that he had no On-li ne Identifiers.

In June, 2021, Dendy reported in pers on to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Offi ce during the verification process Dendy aga in completed an affidavit indicating that he h ad no online identifiers.

Shortly aft er Dendy had reported he did n ot maintain any On-Line identifiers information w as made known to the Cherokee Coun ty Sheriff’s Office that Dendy had at lea st one or two accounts on t he social media site Facebook.com. After confirmi ng the existence of the accounts warran ts were obtained and Dendy was arrest ed at his registered residence.

Dendy is current ly incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detenti on Center under a $20,000.00 secure bo nd and has a July 15, 2021 Cherok ee County District Court date.

Sheriff Derrick Palm er stated “We continually receive reports of o ur youth being exploited by individuals a nd continue to encourage our community to be an ext ra set of eyes and ears in o ur fight. We thank our concerned citize ns for their support and encourage continu ed reporting of this and all crimes .”

To report suspicious activity and suspe ct violations of the law please ca ll 828-837-1344 or submit a tip at [email protected] ov.

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07/02/2021

MURPHY, N.C. RESIDENT IS SENTENCED TO SEV EN YEARS FOR DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHI LD PORNOGRAPHY

Murphy, NC— On Thursday May 17, 2021, U.S. District Judge Martin Reiding er, sentenced Bryce Alan Honea, 34, of Murp hy, N.C. to 94 month in pris on for 1 count of distribution a nd 1 count of possession of chi ld pornography. The sentences in each ca se are to be served consecutively. Hon ea was also ordered to serve a lifeti me of supervised release and to regist er as a sex offender after he is releas ed from prison.

According to filed documents a nd statements made in court, from Ju ne 2017 to his arrest in Ju ne 2020, Honea engaged in the onli ne distribution of images depicting the sexu al abuse of children.
Court records show th at law enforcement became aware that an individu al, later identified as
Honea, was distributing multip le child pornographic images and videos usi ng various internet platforms, including the soci al media blog platform Tumblr.com, Chatstep.com a nd via Peer to Peer file shari ng technology. On February 02, 2019, l aw enforcement executed a search warrant at Honea ’s residence, seizing electronic devices including deskt op computer, and cellphones. In June of 20 20, second search warrant was served at Honea ’s residence and cellphones and a tabl et were seized. A forensic analysis of t he seized devices revealed that it contain ed more than 1000 images of chi ld pornography.

On October 16, 2020, Honea plead ed guilty to distribution of child pornograp hy as well as possession of chi ld pornography. He is currently in custo dy and will be transferred to t he custody of the federal Bureau of Priso ns upon designation of a federal facility.

Sheri ff Derrick Palmer stated “As you c an see these cases are often lo ng and involved. We are so appreciati ve of the partnership that we contin ue to maintain with Homeland Security Investigatio ns, the United States Attorney’s Office as we ll as our own District Attorney’s Offi ce. Their invaluable assistance allowed for t he removal another person who preys on o ur youth.”

This case was brought as pa rt of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwi de initiative launched in 2006 by t he Department of Justice, aimed at combati ng the growing online sexual exploitation of childr en. By combining resources, federal, sta te and local agencies are better ab le to locate, apprehend and prosecute individua ls who exploit children via the Intern et, as well as to identify a nd rescue those victims. For mo re information about Project Safe Childhood, plea se visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

To report suspicious activity a nd suspect violations of the law plea se call 828-837-1344 or submit a t ip at [email protected].

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05/30/2021

Heads up parents happening now a nd way too often!

This is a screenshot of a conversati on that my 13 year old h ad with a grown man he m et on an app posing as a 13 ye ar old child. They played games togeth er and eventually felt friendly enough to exchan ge numbers.

The man continued this rouse unt il he felt comfortable enough to reve al his face, in text messages he se nt my child a video of h is face. Once my son realized he w as much older than 13 he stopp ed responding. The man continued to pl ay games on the app. Today he aga in attempted a conversation, but this ti me it took a turn.

Because we ta lk about what to do often if someo ne attempts to solicit something from y ou, my son immediately told me wh at happened after their exchange. I w as obviously upset by this man tryi ng to sexually exploit my child, b ut so thankful we continue to ha ve these conversations because his response w as a reflex.

Please talk to your childr en about these things. Monitor what th ey do on their phones. iPhones ma ke it super easy Bark - Parent al Controls also makes it easy.

Ma ke these conversations routine and unpressured. We do th is for these situations as well as someo ne exhibiting suicidal ideation. These topics can ’t be talked about enough.

I’m sharing th is to hopefully save other children. So oth er children know to be prepared. So y ou know what to do.

First conta ct Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678.

Th en contact your states attorney generals offi ce.

Missing and exploited children will se nd the report to the proper peop le and inform you if there is a ny other authority you need to conta ct. They’ll provide you with the numbe rs.

In Canada you can find suppo rt https://www.protectchildren.ca/en/

Let’s continue to help our ki ds have a safe childhood by havi ng hard conversations before they come up.

05/14/2021

MURPHY, N.C. RESIDENT IS SENTENCED TO S IX YEARS FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAP HY

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – On Tuesday, M ay 11, 2021, U.S. District Judge M ax O. Cogburn Jr. sentenced Lawrence Kei th Limon, 52, of Murphy, N.C. to 72 mont hs in prison for distribution of chi ld pornography, announced William T. Stetzer, U .S. Attorney for the Western District of Nor th Carolina. Limon was also ordered to ser ve a lifetime of supervised release a nd to register as a sex offend er after he is released from prison.

Ronn ie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of U .S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homela nd Security Investigations (HSI) in Charlotte, a nd Sheriff Derrick Palmer of the Cherok ee County Sheriff’s Office join Acting U .S. Attorney Stetzer in making
today’s announceme nt.

According to filed documents and statemen ts made in court, from June 2017 to Janua ry 2019, Limon engaged in the onli ne distribution of images depicting the sexu al abuse of children.
Court records sh ow that law enforcement became aware th at an individual, later identified as Lim on, was distributing multiple child pornography usi ng various internet platforms, including
the soci al media blog platform Tumblr.com and a Gma il email account. On March 12, 20 19, law enforcement executed a search warra nt at Limon’s resident, seizing three electron ic devices including a tablet, a cellpho ne and a laptop. A forensic analys is of the seized devices revealed th at it contained more than 600 imag es of child pornography.

On November 30, 2020, Limon pleaded guilty to distributi on of child pornography. He is current ly in custody and will be transferr ed to the custody of the feder al Bureau of Prisons upon
designation of a feder al facility.

In making today’s announcement, Acti ng U.S. Attorney Stetzer thanked HSI a nd the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office f or their investigation of this case. Speci al Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) Alexis Solhe im, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Ashevil le, prosecuted the case. Ms. Solheim is a sta te prosecutor with the office of t he 43rd Prosecutorial District and w as assigned by District Attorney Ashley Wel ch to serve as a SAUSA wi th the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Ashevil le. Ms. Solheim is duly sworn in bo th state and federal courts. The SAU SA position is a reflection of t he partnership between the office of t he 43rd Prosecutorial District and the Unit ed States Attorney’s Office.

This case was broug ht as part of Project Safe Childho od, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by t he Department of Justice, aimed at combati ng the growing online sexual exploitation
of children. By combining resources, federal, sta te and local agencies are better ab le to locate, apprehend and prosecute individua ls who exploit children via the Intern et, as well as to identify a nd rescue those victims. For more informati on about Project Safe Childhood, please vis it www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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