His son's terrible demise won't be in vain
Many kids who have access to the internet will be approached by an adult trying to talk about sexual relations with them or even trying to set up a face-to-face meeting with them. The children in this situation could be lied to by the predator saying that they’re a teen just like them, or the predator could be honest about themselves, but the teens don’t understand that having a relationship with an adult is not consensual and could turn deadly for them.
One man is trying his hardest to pick off these predators and throw them in jail as retribution for his own son who was brutally murdered by men who seduced him on the internet.
An Unforeseen Tragedy
David Poole was living a normal life with his family until a fateful night in 2015. David found out that he child had been killed. His 16-year old son Brandon who recently came out as gay was choked to death at a party. But before that night, he told his father that older men online had been grooming him for their depraved desires for a while.
David stated, “I told Brandon to be careful and tried to put it out of my mind, but after he died I started thinking about all the stuff he’d told me. For some reason, I just couldn’t get it out of my head and decided I had to do something about it.”
The grieving father had two younger children to care for, but he wanted to do something to help save them from falling to the same fate as well as other children and teens out there.
He said, “There was nothing I could do to help Brandon, but if I could help even one other teenager from being harmed by these predators, I’d feel my life had been worth living. Once I knew about what was going on, I couldn’t just turn a blind eye.”
David delved into the same sites that his deceased son went on. Using a photo of his wife when she was younger, he created a fake profile of an 18-year old girl named Sammie-Jo.
He explained, “Within seconds of my profile going live, I had several alerts. After a few minutes, over 20 men had sent me messages.”
But the most shocking part is what happened when David told Sammie-Jo’s suitors that she was actually 14 years old.