28-year-old Allen C. Eckman of Idaho Falls, Idaho is accused of allegedly grooming who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex over the mobile messaging app Kik. Of course, the 14-year-old girl was actually a police detective. One day, Eckman supposedly sent a message to the detective on Kik that he wanted to hang out and have sex with the ‘girl’. When the detective told Eckman that the girl he was posing as was only 14, Eckman had a not so surprising response…
“For me, age is just a number,” Eckman messaged on the app, according to court documents. “As long as everyone agrees and understands what is happening, no issue. 14 is old enough to make choices.”
NO! No, it’s not. That’s why we have age of consent laws. 14 is just old enough to make bad choices. Idaho’s age of consent is 18 by the way.
Anyway, Eckman wanted to meet the girl at a motel and have her flash her breasts through the window to prove she wasn’t a cop. Like that will stop the police, who were able to apprehend Eckman in the motel parking lot. Prior to the arrest, Eckman told police he was there to buy Pokémon cards from a girl.
In a bit of ‘To Catch A Predator’ nostalgia, Eckman told police during a police station interview he was there to meet a 14-year-old girl, but only to scare the girl and tell her what she was doing was dangerous. Right, like that one’s never been used before.
I couldn’t find a video with the ‘teach the girl how dangerous this is’, but here are some highlights from TCAP.
Remember parents, Kik is the preferred app of sex offenders, pedophiles, child porn collectors, and child traffickers. I would recommend making sure it’s not on any of their devices, or you can keep playing Russian Roulette with your child’s safety.