Mom arrested after her 12 year old daughter gives birth – says she knew about relationship and threw a baby shower

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TULSA, OK – The mother of a 12-year-old girl, who recently gave birth to a 24-year-old man’s child, in Tulsa was arrested earlier in July after authorities say she knew of the illicit relationship between her daughter and the adult male – and even threw her daughter and the male a baby shower.

According to a release from the Tulsa Police Department, officers were called to a hospital in midtown Tulsa regarding a possible rape victim on July 14th, as there was a 12-year-old girl actively going into labor at the time.

Police later arrested a suspect identified as 24-year-old Juan Miranda-Jara for first-degree rape of a minor, after he reportedly admitted to authorities that he “was in a relationship with the 12-year-old victim that started in October of 2020”, according to the release and admitted to being the biological father of the minor’s child.  

In an update to the investigation shared on July 29th, Tulsa Police announced a second arrest in connection to the case – this time the mother of the 12-year-old victim.

Tulsa Police confirmed the arrest of Desiree Castaneda, citing that the suspect was allegedly “aware” of and “permitted” the abuse of her daughter:

“The investigation revealed that the victim’s mother and family members were aware of the relationship between the victim and Miranda-Jara. The family permitted the relationship, and there are photos of the family throwing a baby shower for the victim and the suspect.”

Castaneda has since been charged with enabling child sex abuse and child neglect.

Elsewhere in Oklahoma, a 34-year-old man was recently charged with eight child abuse charges and two child sexual abuse charges between three different abuse cases that were investigated between March and June

Stillwater Police Officer Shawn Millermon investigated three cases linked to child abuse, which ultimately led to the arrest of 34-year-old Erick Roy Hale. 

Officer Millermoon had initially received notification from Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Specialist Bailey Tyler that several children has alleged physical and sexual abuse by the hands of Hale. 

One of the victims alleged that Hale had previously used a hardcover book to hit them in the face and would frequently be beaten “with a black leather belt that had a bronze belt buckle.”

That same victim reportedly disclosed to investigators that they remembered having to get stitches when they were only 2-years-old due to “being slammed into the bed frame” by the suspect. 

Erick Roy Hale - Payne County Jail
Erick Roy Hale – Payne County Jail

Another victim claimed that Hale was also frequently beaten by the same belt used on the aforementioned victim. 

The third victim in the case alleged Hale would hit them “mostly everywhere” and also witnessed the physical abuse of the other two children.

The investigation into Hale also uncovered alleged sexual abuse, where a victim said that Hale had abused them from the age of 7 up until they were 10-years-old. 

There were reportedly two other victims that came forward in April, with one alleging that they were “sexually assaulted by Erick when they lived in Stillwater” between the ages of 8 and 9-years-old and a victim alleging physical abuse when they were 11. 

Hale was arraigned on July 13th for the charges and his next court appearance is slated for August 18th. The suspect could be facing life in prison if convicted of the charges. 

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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on a Florida-based sting operation coined as “Operation Flip Flop”, where 10 suspects – including a firefighter – were arrested under charges connected to trying to meet up with minors for illicit purposes. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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LAKE COUNTY, FL- According to the Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office, ten men have been arrested in Florida after attempting to meet with children.

Authorities stated that the arrests were made in a four-day undercover operation called “Operation Flip Flop,” where 45 investigators from agencies across Central Florida assisted in finding and arresting these men. 

Deputies said that the men attempted to meet underage children online for inappropriate activity. The 10 men are now facing various sex-related charges. Clark Mason, one of the men arrested in the investigation, is an Apopka firefighter.

According to the fire department, Mason has been placed on administrative leave. The fire department released a statement saying:

“The Department is saddened that the actions of one individual could have the capacity to tarnish the integrity and dedication that the rest of our department and the fire services as a whole work so hard to preserve.”

Detectives said that officers from the undercover operation posed online as a 13-year-old or a 14-year-old child. Detectives said that then the men traveled to a predetermined location and were accused of having the intent of having inappropriate relationships with the children.

The men were taking into custody once they arrived at the predetermined location. According to the sheriff’s office, three of the men arrested were already registered sex offenders. Those men were identified as Scott Allen Fureman of Leesburg, Frederick Curtis of Eustis, and Billy Childress of Sorrento.

Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell said in a statement:

“These arrests illustrate the importance of continuing these operations to protect our children. Parents need to know who their children are communicating with on the internet.”

The agencies that assisted Lake County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation are: Central Florida Crimes Against Children Task Force, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Sanford Police Department, Clermont Police Department, and Altamonte Springs Police Department.

In a separate incident, a North Carolina woman has been charged with three sexual-related charges of a 15-year-old juvenile she met online.

According to Rutherford County Sheriff’s Detective Amanda McPherson, the suspect, 45-year-old Christie Wighton, has been charged with felony solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct, especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Reportedly, the juvenile’s mother became aware after looking through her teen’s phone and finding media accounts with concerning messages. The mother then contacted the sheriff’s office. The juvenile apparently met Wighton on social media.

Wighton was arrested on Sunday, July 25th, when she traveled to Rutherford County to meet the teen. She is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $225,000 bond. A hearing has been set for October 6th.

Detective Sgt. Steve Craig said that sex crimes against children online is a widespread issue. He said in a statement:

“It’s important for parents to be vigilant and have open conversations for the sake of your child’s safety.”

In Pittsburg, PA, police arrested a man on sex-related charges involving minors. 39-year-old Donald Sickler, of the city’s Greenfield neighborhood, was arrested on July 15th and charged with more than a dozen counts including rape, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual assault, indecent assault, incest of a minor and corruption of minors.

The incidents allegedly occurred back in December 2014. Sickler was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing on August 6th. Sickler is also awaiting a jury trial on nearly two dozen sex offenses involving a child that were filed in October 2019 for incidents that occurred in June 2012.

He is scheduled to stand trial on December 13th on multiple counts of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault of a child under the age of 13, false imprisonment of a minor and other related charges.

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Report: Facebook linked to more than 20 million reports of child exploitation

March 1st, 2021

UNITED STATES- The Daily Beast recently reported that according to new data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipLine, a shocking amount of online child exploitation reports were linked to Facebook.

The study identified over 20.3 million reported incidents related to child pornography or trafficking, classified as “child sexual abuse material” on the social media platform. To get a better picture of this, below is where other websites stand in comparison:

“Google cited 546,704 incidents, Twitter had 65,062, Snapchat reported 144,095, and TikTok found 22, 692. Facebook accounted for nearly 95 percent of the 21.7 million reports across all platforms.”

Additionally, MindGeek, the Canada-based parent company of multiple porn websites, including Pornhub, RedTube, and YouPorn, reported far less incidents than Facebook. MindGeek reported a total of 13,299 incidents. 

2020 was the first year MindGeek participated in the study, following a year-long campaign called #Trafficinghub, which aimed to shut down Pornhub for its alleged role in promoting underage human trafficking by hosting content featuring minors.

Statistics on child exploitation can be misleading. For example, the most commonly-cited data point, which was mentioned in a 2010 congressional testimony by the then-president of NCMEC, was based on decades-old data.

That data relied on two studies, both collected during the 1990s, which included runaways, abandoned kids, and unhoused children. One of the studies, a Washington Post fact-check found, was compiled in a way that allowed some incidents to be counted two or three times.

The CyberTipLine operates a little differently where the centralized system collects reports from the public and “electronic service providers,” a category which includes social media platforms, but also companies like eBay, Dropbox, and Microsoft.

The latter group makes up the bulk of their data. For example, back in 2020, of more than 21.7 million reports reviewed by the CyberTipLine, 21.4 million of them came from electronic service providers.

However, there are still points of confusion in the reported data. Both Pornhub and Facebook have alleged that the data they provided may include duplicates. Pornhub alleges that the 13,229:

“Includes several thousand duplicates, with most reports submitted multiple times in an abundance of caution.”

They claim that the number of single or unique incidents is really 4,171. Facebook released a similar statement alleging that 90 percent of the failed incidents were “the same as or visually similar to previously reported content.”

If this statement is correct, Facebook’s total number of unique reports would still be 2,030,722, the largest number in the data pool by far. Facebook published a press release titled “Preventing Child Exploitation on Our Apps” and announced new measures to monitor child exploitation.

Reportedly, the tools include new informational pop-up for related search terms, a policy for removing profiles associated with child-related flagged content, and an “involved a child” option for reporting “Nudity and Sexual Activity” on the platform. In the release, Facebook said:

“Using our apps to harm children is abhorrent and unacceptable. Our industry-leading efforts to combat child exploitation focus on preventing abuse, detecting and reporting content that violates our policies, and working with experts and authorities to keep children safe.”

In a statement to the Daily Beast, a MindGeek spokesperson wrote:

“Eliminating illegal content and ridding the internet of child sexual abuse material is one of the most crucial issues facing online platforms today and it requires the unwavering commitment and collective action of all parties.”

The statement added:

“MindGeek voluntarily registered with NCMEC to automatically report every instance of CSAM we are aware of so that this information can be disseminated to and investigated by authorities across the globe.”


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