22-year-old US Marine Sean Rudziewicz is accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old Florida girl. Rudziewicz is said to have met the girl on the ‘talk to strangers’ chat site Omegle. He continued to groom her on Snapchat and gaming chat app Discord. It’s alleged that Rudziewicz traveled from Louisiana, where he was stationed, to Florida to ‘celebrate’ his birthday with the girl. For those who may be curious, Rudziewicz flew from Louisiana to Florida. Typically, the creeps I feature take a bus or send an Uber to their victims.
The girl’s mother called police and went through the girl’s phone messages and was able to find out where she was and who she was with. West Melbourne Police were able to find Rudziewicz in a motel room, where he allegedly hid the girl under the motel bed. Great thinking, genius. No one would ever look there. There’s a saying that goes something along the lines of, 100 things can go wrong in a crime, if you can think of a dozen, you’re a genius. This guy couldn’t even think of one.
The victim was said to have ‘celebrated’ at least once with Rudziewicz. That’s not even taking into account that the poor girl had to lie on the floor under a motel bed on a motel floor.
Rudziewicz has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery and felony interference with child custody. His bond has been set at $70,000.
Ok, it’s time to go over it again. Omegle is not an app! There’s no app icon to look for on your kids’ devices. Omegle is instead accessed through the device’s web browser, like Chrome or Edge. If the device in question has a camera, which most devices do these days, Omegle allows creeps to have a window into your child’s life. If you were to go looking for Omegle activity on your kid’s device, look through the browsing history of any browsers they may have installed.
Omegle has become popular with the TikTok crowd due to funny videos that have been posted on TikTok. Think about having a discussion with your kids about how dangerous Omegle really is.
And again, I’m going to shout it from the rooftops until it gets through the thick skulls of certain people. This is what a real groomer does. If you have kids, this is the actual type of person who is grooming your children, and not some woke bogeyman you’ve concocted in your imagination.
Source: Police: U.S. Marine arrested after traveling to Florida to meet 14-year-old for sex