Arrested: Kammiron Hicks, 21, Nampa
Charges: Children-enticing through the internet (F), Disseminating material harmful to a minor (m)
Earlier this week Boise Police responded to a reported child enticement over a social media app. Boise Police detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit began an investigation which showed the suspect, Kammiron Hicks traveled from another city to Boise with the intention of meeting a minor child under the age of 15 for sexual purposes. When Hicks arrived at the arranged meeting place, detectives from the Boise Police Department and deputies from the US Marshals Task Force took Hicks into custody. After further investigation, the suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the listed charges.
Online safety reminders:
Early intervention and oversight of children using the internet is crucial to keeping children safe online.
“Detectives from the Boise Police Department Special Victims Unit encourage parents to be especially vigilant about the following apps and websites: SnapChat, OkCupid, Chatspin, Kik, Tumblr, Tinder, Instagram, Whisper, and Tik Tok,” said SVU Sgt. Adam Nielsen. “In our experience, some apps like Instagram and TikTok can be used in a relatively safe manner with supervision. It is important to have conversations with your children about possible dangers with these apps and monitor their access and usage of their phones.”
In Idaho you can maintain all passwords for all of your children’s electronics even if a teen buys their own phone. Parents or guardians who encounter criminal behavior online are asked to contact law enforcement.
For additional online safety tips and strategies please visit https://www.cityofboise.org/news/police/2020/august/back-to-school-safety-tips-from-boise-police/