Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cat-Fishing: Father creates Fake Social Media Accounts, Poses as a 16 y/o Boy, Tricks his 14 y/o Daughter into Sending him Naked Photos then Sexually Molesting her ~ Call Michael A. Haber, Esq. @ 1-888-SHARK-8-1

Cat-fishing... You're doing it right...

Cat fishing... You're doing it cute...

Cat fishing...  You're using social media to pretend to be someone other than yourself for any of a variety of nefarious purposes...

If it's not bad enough to "cat fish" online imagine how f'ing twisted you would have to be to be the 41 year old unnamed New York father who just admitted in federal court to creating fake accounts on Instagram, AOL and a text messaging service, pretending to be a 16 year old boy and chatting-up his own 14 year old daughter who he got to send him naked photo's which he then used as leverage to engage in an incestuous and sexually abusive relationship.

This twisted cat fishing scheme and incestuous relationship came to light when the victim told a nurse at her school that she was being molested by her own father.  Fast forward to Monday, March 14th, 2016 and the unnamed 41 year old man from Herkimer County, New York pleaded guilty to a dozen federal counts of enticing a child to produce child pornography and receiving and sending child pornography (he is unnamed to protect his daughter).  The man also reportedly faces State charges of sexual abuse in Herkimer County Court.

The elaborate plot reportedly began in September, 2013 when the fake accounts were created and the father reached out to his daughter.  Although the two hadn't met in person they eventually began calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend and, before long, the father, posing as the teen boy, started pressing his daughter to send him nude photos of herself.  At first she resisted his advances but finally she broke down and started sending him explicit images.  In November of that year, the girl informed her online boyfriend that she wanted to break up with him because all he wanted to talk about was "sex and more sex" and she wanted more out of a relationship.  In response to his request to send him more nude photos, the teen reportedly said that "I'm not going to do that", at which point, in text message exchanges the father, pretending to be the teen, then threatened his daughter that he would send her X-rated photos "to her dad".  If this is not f'd up enough for you just wait...

The daughter "broke up" with her would be 16 year old beau and, shortly after their split, the 14-year-old girl got a message from her erstwhile boyfriend's account, from someone now pretending to be the teens mother, that the 16 year old had committed suicide.  Now, with his teenage alter ego out of the picture, the father revealed to his daughter that before he killed himself her teenage ex-boyfriend had sent him her nude photos, and soon after that the man began molesting his own daughter.  The abuse only came to an end after the 14 year old girl approached her school nurse, who in turn alerted police.

The 41-year-old father at the center of this otherwise incomprehensible "cat fishing" scheme now faces up to 250 years in prison at his July, 2016 sentencing hearing.

Memo to the Folks:  I have been practicing criminal defense litigation for a quarter of a century, primarily in Miami, where some really horrific stuff happens, but this case is up there with the worst things that I have seen or heard of.  It is disgusting - actually "disgusting" doesn't quite capture what this is... I'm not even sure that there is a word for it, regardless, it is amazing  - that this could happen at all, much less by a father to his own daughter.  There being no doubt of his guilt, to my mind it It is a shame that this did not end in an incident of "suicide by cop".

Memo to the Folks continued:   Do not  be  a "cat fishing" victim, and do not let your kid's be victimized.  Know the signs.  Spot it.  Don't fall for it.   No matter how much they protest or how invasive you find it to be please, pretty pleas even, monitor your kids' social media and know HOW TO SPOT A CATFISH SCAM!

When it comes to the subject of "Cops, Courts and Constitutions" you should always have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who is focused on serving your interests.  While we can't stop the cops from arresting you, as your legal counsel Michael A. Haber, PA will ensure that your rights are respected from the moment that representation begins and that any abuses which may have occurred beforehand are remedied.

At Michael A. Haber, P.A. "Its all about reasonable doubt"!

Michael A. Haber, Esq. is prepared to speak with you about your case!

Cell: 305-798-2220; Office: 305-381-8686; Toll Free: 1-888-SHARK-8-1


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