from Daily Mail:
An Oregon man has been arrested for using his infant stepdaughter to make child porn, police say,
Kelly Shane Rice, 29, faces multiple child sex charges after Homeland Security found evidence he had produced the disturbing pornography and shared it over private messaging app Kik, court records show.
Investigators tracked the uploads to Rice’s Roseburg, Oregeon home, where they executed a search warrant on November 2.
Homeland Security and state police say they found evidence that Rice had been using his one-year-old stepdaughter to produce the child porn.
‘During the search of the residence and the following investigation, it was discovered that one of the child pornographic images was produced at that residence,’ state police told KVAL 13.
Rice is charged with using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct; sex abuse, unlawful sexual penetration and encouraging child sex abuse.
He is currently in the Douglas County Jail and bail has been set at $1.1 million.
This isn’t the first time that an alleged pedophile has been caught sharing child porn on Kik.
The app, which was founded in 2009 by a group of University of Waterloo students, has become something of a haven for predators in recent years.
The app grants its users anonymity as unlike others, it doesn’t require a working phone number – just a unique username. This, according to the app’s website, is so ‘users are always in complete control of who they talk to on Kik.’
Kik is a smartphone messenger app that allows users anonymity
However, the app’s anonymity makes it a minefield when it comes to solving crimes, such as child exploitation, bomb threats and terrorism.
It allows users to search for others by age and send photographs that are not stored on phones – making it popular with pedophiles and predators and the bane of law enforcement.
Ted Livingston, the start-up’s founder and chief executive, has said the service, which has 240million users, reaches roughly 40 per cent of Americans aged 13 to 25.
The free app uses native advertising – including video advertisements – to earn revenue. To target its primarily young audience, it also offers advertisers the chance to reach consumers using branded GIFs.
However, in a guide for law enforcement, Kik says names, emails and ages do not allow the company to find user accounts – the exact username is required. They will, however, preserve data for a period of 90 days, pending receipt of a valid order from law enforcement.
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