NORFOLK, VA– On August 22nd, former Norfolk prosecutor, Timothy Scott Carnes, 41, was arrested and charged with repeatedly trying to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into having sex with him, according to prosecutors.
According to reports, Carnes was communicating with “Brittney” in an online chatroom called “No Rules-just kin.ky…” at least 13 times between May 30th and August 3rd 2020, special prosecutor T. Marie Walls said.
“Brittney” was in fact a Norfolk police detective.
VA: Ex-prosecutor, Timothy Scott Carnes, 41, arrested on child sex abuse charges.
Trying to expose himself to a child younger than 15.
Procuring children online.
Since 2009, Carnes has worked as an attorney for the Social Security Administration.https://t.co/2MzIOyslL6
— Dalton (@DaltonReport) August 24, 2019
Prosecutors have evidence that shows Carnes tried to convince Brittney to have sex with him so he could “teach her” because he was older. Additionally, Carnes allegedly sent a video of him masturbating to Brittney, and tried to get her to send him pictures of herself.
It was also reported that Carnes told Brittney he wanted her to have sex with him and his wife, although she is not implicated in any this.
VA: Norfolk prosecutor, Timothy Scott Carnes, to serve 10-year active prison sentence for sex crimes against children.
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Norfolk.
Child under the age of 15.https://t.co/P6AxwAVjwx
— Dalton (@DaltonReport) November 7, 2020
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RICHLAND, WA –On August 2nd, a juvenile female made contact with the Walla Walla Police Department which discovered that she had been reported missing from Richland, Washington.
The female eventually advised that she had been held against her will and sold to a man for $500 to be a sex slave.
Robert Aguilera, 37, was arrested last week for "buying" a 16-year-old for sex for $500, holding her against her will, and supplying drugs that people used to shoot her up intravenously. https://t.co/A8haiDfLYu
— WGXA (@WGXAnews) September 8, 2020
There was no information available which explains the circumstances surrounding how the juvenile victim ended up missing, nor how she came across the people involved in this investigation.
What is alleged is that the victim was initially raped by the person who would eventually buy her, like property, for $500.
Police report that the victim had been allegedly raped by Robert Aguilera at gun point at his sister’s residence in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. After the rape, she was sold to Aguilera allegedly by Richard Anthony Smith and another underage female accomplice.
The victim advised that she did not run and stayed with him out of fear of what he would do to her when he was angry. The victim recounted how he had held a rifle to her head and threatened to shoot her if she disobeyed.
The victim alleges that Aguilera raped her on multiple occasions and at multiple locations. She also recounted one time where he had forced her to have sex with multiple members of the 18th Street gang members while on Clark Street in Walla Walla.
The police report that the victim was raped in several different cities, including Walla Walla, College Place, and Dayton in Washington State. She also alleges she was raped in multiple location in Oregon, Milton-Freewater and Pendleton.
While she was being held against her will, she alleges that Aguilera forced her to use drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. The victim alleges that these drugs were given to her by other people through a syringe.
When detectives interviewed her, they noted that she was “covered in sores on her arms, legs, and face.” They also noted these areas appeared to be infected and are a common side effect with methamphetamine use.
Aguilera was taken into custody on September 2nd and charged with first-degree assault, first-degree trafficking, use or delivery of drug paraphernalia, second-degree rape, and failure to comply with authorities. He has a total bond of $50,000.
The USMS S/IN District & Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, in coordination with Indianapolis MPD and @MissingKids NCMEC, recently wrapped up Operation Homecoming to recover highly endangered missing children throughout the Indianapolis area. https://t.co/UkBiUZLjGh pic.twitter.com/DFmENuLtWU
— U.S. Marshals (@USMarshalsHQ) September 4, 2020
Police are always working diligently to find victims of human trafficking, especially the young and the vulnerable. Some ways in which people are able to lure children into these situations is by using social media to groom them. In a recent article in Law Enforcement Today, some of the sites are as follows:
IMVU,OKCupid, Chatspin, Kik, Tumblr, Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Whisper, and TikTok.
NCMEC is aware of a viral post originating from Kentucky. Law enforcement has been notified and no further reports are needed.
If you have any information regarding a child victim related to this or another case please make a report at https://t.co/V4LzTFOdFQ pic.twitter.com/67nLZRLtiv
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) September 4, 2020
Yiota Souras, a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said:
“We have really seen an explosion of reports of child sexual exploitation.”
Souras said that they have seen as much as a 90% increase over the first six months of this year in child pornography, human trafficking, and other forms of sexual exploitation of children.
Whereas increases in these types of crimes cannot be blamed on one thing, some believe the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is a good reason for it.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued a report in 2017 which showed that 78 percent of the juvenile victims in human trafficking were girls, 13 percent were boys and 9 percent were undetermined.
Regardless of where and how predators meet and groom children, it is extremely important for parents to be aware of what their children are doing, especially online. Often times, these predators either act like they are a similar age as the child they are speaking to or give many compliments geared to entice trust on the part of the child.
Children start to believe that the predators they are speaking to online are their friends and would not do them any harm. However, when they actually meet up with them, they learn the hard way how evil the person is, and by then, it’s usually too late.
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