The Dramatic Way This Dad Used An App To Catch A Predator

July 12, 2017

An Oklahoma dad carried out a dramatic plan to catch an online predator that he discovered had been preying upon his 15-year old daughter.

Using a phone monitoring app called FamilyTime, he discovered a 33 year-old man named Jeremy Dewayne Gibson had been sending his daughter inappropriate photos of himself and communicating with her through Facebook messenger. The FamilyTime app allowed him to view the conversation and see that his child was in danger.

After filing a police report and turning over the messages from Gibson, the 15-year old girl’s father read additional messages that same day that indicated Gibson planned to meet his daughter and have sex with her. That is when the girl’s father decided he would take matters into his own hands and catch the man targeting his daughter.

The Oklahoma father set up a surveillance camera in his backyard where his daughter and Gibson were supposed to meet. Once Gibson entered the backyard, the girl’s father, along with other family members, jumped the suspect and tied his hands and feet. Gibson was unharmed, but was restrained until the police arrived.

Gibson is currently out on bond, charged with one count of using technology to engage in sexual communication with a minor.

Whereas the police warn people about taking the law into their own hands, for this protective father it was a win. His use of the FamilyTime app prevented a potentially dangerous and disastrous situation for his teenage daughter.

Posted in Tech Safety, Digital Safety on Jul 12, 2017

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About the Author Amy WIlliams

Amy Williams is a free-lance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyberbullying and online safety.

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