Category Archives: Naples / Collier / Southwest Florida

A Collier County Man was the World’s Biggest Child Porn Kingpin

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Steven Chase

Last week a Gold Gate Estates man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a September trial in North Carolina. The story didn’t get much coverage here, since the case was tried out of state (where the websites were being hosted), but he was running his dark-net website Playpen from his computer right here in Southwest Florida. The website may have been the largest child pornography distributor in the world, with up to 250,000 members.

The bust led to an international sting, dubbed “Operation Pacifier”, that netted almost 900 child pornography arrests around the world and some 250+ children victims were identified and/or rescued. That operation has led to a lot of coverage, both due to the success in taking down such a large number of child predators, but also for the criticism of the techniques used by the government. The FBI kept the Playpen site up and running and continuing to distribute child pornography as investigators sought to trace the sites users, going as far to infect them with malware that allowed them to be tracked. We have discussed the legal privacy concerns, and the concerns the federal government running child porn sites (a LOT of them), previously on this blog. The concerns are not unfounded, as there have already been cases where judges rejected using malware to search computers even when the location is unknown.

That didn’t save Chase, who has been locked away for 30 years, with a lifetime of supervision when he gets out. This will qualify him as a sex offender, and the additional sex-offender reporting that legally requires as well.

Major Allegations of Misconduct at Naples PD

The Naples Police Department is currently fighting a Federal lawsuit for police misconduct, and the allegations that have come out in the course of the case are more and more shocking. In an affidavit filed Monday, a former Naples officer stated that he and his fellow officers were “constantly pressured” to increase numbers for arrests, stops, and citations, and that supervisors would chastise officers who did not “produce statistics”. The affidavit makes it sound as though the department had a de facto quota system that encouraged officers to be reckless.

The lawsuit claims over a million dollars in damages against former Officer Kyle Bradshaw, who has since left the department. The city was dismissed from the case, but could still end up on the hook for at least part of the damages Bradshaw could be facing. Bradshaw’s attorney contends he was just doing his job. Naples police, including Bradshaw, initially responded to Bayfront for a noise complaint, and things escalated quickly. There is video of the incident, which has been played to the jury for dramatic effect for the beating allegedly given to the suspects. The trial continues in Fort Myers this week.

Friday Fun- Attack with a Pool Noodle!

pool-noodleThis happened a few years ago, so we’ll add it to the #weirdbattery only in florida archive (and even the #graymenace ) …

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Alleged Noodler Karl Eichner

A man was arrested in Naples after allegedly attacking a woman with a pool noodle. Police say he got mad when she threw his watermelon in the ocean, and he filled up the noodle with sea water and dumped it on his head. He then punched her and authorities got involved. He was charged with misdemeanor battery. According to Collier Clerk records, he skipped his court date, and has not been heard from since… over 5 years on the lam, now.

Burglar Drowns in Canal When He Flees

A Collier man caught a possible burglar trying to break into his car earlier this week. He confronted he man, who ran away, and tried to escape into a canal. Officers later found his body in the canal: presumably drowning is the cause of death, but the investigation continues.

Child Abuse Suspect Used to be a Cop

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Ricardo Vazquez

Ricardo Vazquez, all six-foot-five, five-hundred pounds of him, was arrested this week and charged with two counts of child molestation on a girl under 16 in Collier County.  The arrest is noteworthy as Vazquez is a former cop who was with the Naples Police department for five years, until he was fired in 2010, according to Fox-4. The Naples News is reporting that he resigned from that position. He apparently most recently worked as a utilities technician in wastewater collection. At this time, he is still in custody on a $200,000 bond.

New Details on the Naples Dog Sex Case

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Miranda Johns

Yesterday we reported that 21-year-old Miranda Johns was arrested for multiple counts of sex acts with two dogs. More details have emerged in the case. The News-Press reports that the videos provided to deputies depict Ms. Johns having oral sex with two pet dogs. Johns had accused the man of sexual battery, and when they interviewed him, he denied the battery and showed them videos she had sent him of the bestial acts.

Let’s break this down… woman commits criminal sexual acts with two dogs. She records said criminal acts. She sends the recordings to a man. She later accuses the man of a criminal act. Man proceeds to show the videos to the cops. Woman is arrested. According to the Naples Daily News, she has sent the images to the man at his request. Oops. (NDN also reports that they were photos, not videos, though their headline says recording).

There’s no word on who owns the dogs, or their condition… though there is no indication they were harmed…

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Earlier story: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/naples-woman-arrested-for-sex-with-dogs/

Naples Woman Arrested for Sex with Dogs

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Miranda Johns

21-year-old Naples resident Miranda Johns has been arrested for 3 counts of illegal sexual contact with animals. Apparently, she recorded herself having sex with two dogs, and sent the videos to her boyfriend. He reported he when the cops were called out to a domestic disturbance. CCSO reports they have recovered multiple videos. Johns bonded out, her arraignment is set for April 13.

No more details have been released at this time, and while I’m morbidly curious… I really don’t want to know!

UPDATE: follow up with more details here