In March 2016, a woman who wanted to engage in a threesome with a father and underage daughter was caught by an undercover detective. Yep, you read that right. Find out more about the shocking story below.
How long do you think she should be locked away for? Sound off in the comments section.
The story. A Michigan woman was arrested after she attempted to arrange sex over the Internet with a man she believed was a father as well as his underage daughter. In actuality, though, it was an undercover detective from Michigan’s populated Macomb County. Seriously, we couldn’t make this sort of thing up even if we tried.
Kristina L. Howarth, 38, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, is accused of trying to arrange a threesome with a man and his underage daughter on March 21, 2016. The woman started a conversation with the man on a popular online chat program, and eventually called him to arrange a meeting. Instead of reaching the man, however, Howarth’s call led her directly to undercover Macomb County sheriff’s deputies.
The Detroit Free Press reports that officials said that Howarth expressed a willingness to have sex with the man and his daughter. Several chats and phone calls were made between the pair. When the two eventually met, Howarth was promptly arrested.
The sheriff’s officials released a statement about the sting: “During the course of several days, and through the use of the messaging application as well as through direct phone calls, the woman expressed a willingness to have sex with who she thought was a father and (underage) daughter,” they said, according to MLive. “On March 28th… Kristina Lynn Howarth showed up at a prearranged meeting where she was arrested.”
The sheriff’s officials revealed Howarth’s charges: two counts of child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime, MLive reports. Each charge is punishable up to 20 years in prison. If Howarth received the full 40 year sentence, she’d be 78-years-old when released.
Howarth was arraigned on the charges at 41B District Court in Clinton Township. She was released on a $75,000 cash or surety bond, and was scheduled to be back in court on April 11. There has been no update on the case since then.
Some people think that her punishment would be way worse were she male. “If she was a guy, they would lock ‘him’ up and throw away the key,” a comment reads on MLive. “I am guessing she gets two years max and probation. Then again, she is pretty ugly. Maybe that will influence the judge to give her what she deserves.”
The FBI. Police investigators catching pedophiles online is nothing new. Back in 1995, the FBI created its undercover operation, Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI). Its goals? To break up groups of online pedophiles, to stop sexual predators from using the Internet to lure children from their families and, of course, to rescue victims. Fast forward to today, and FBI programs surrounding online predators have grown exponentially. The FBI’s official website states: “In October 2012, the Crimes Against Children program and the Innocent Images National Initiative merged to form the Violent Crimes Against Children program in the Criminal Investigative Division. The program continues the efforts of both former iterations, providing centralized coordination and analysis of case information that is national and international in scope, requiring close cooperation not only among FBI field offices and legal attachés but also with state, local, and international governments.”
Biggest case. Violent crimes again children taking place on the Internet doesn’t just happen in America, however. In 2011, the “world’s largest pedophile ring” was uncovered, BBC News reports. The ring had up to 70,000 members, with 670 suspects and 230 abused children across 30 countries, the European police agency Europol said. The suspects included teachers, police officers and scout leaders. Europol detailed the specifics of the case to NBC News. “The website operated from a server based in the Netherlands and, at its height, boasted up to 70,000 members worldwide,” the organization said. “It attempted to operate as a ‘discussion–only’ forum where people could share their sexual interest in young boys without committing any specific offenses, thus operating ‘below the radar’ of police attention.”
Illegal images and films were confiscated at the time of the raid as well. “Having made contact on the site, some members would move to more private channels, such as email, to exchange and share illegal images and films of children being abused. Computers seized from those arrested have harvested huge quantities of child abuse images and videos,” Europol told NBC.
Reporting abuse. Do you know of something you’d like to report? The FBI states: “The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) operates a CyberTipline at http://www.cybertipline.com that allows parents and children to report child pornography and other incidents of sexual exploitation of children by submitting an online form. The NCMEC also maintains a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST, and a website at http://www.missingkids.com.”