Early this morning, Miami-Dade police arrested Sean Mesa, 18, on charges of charges of possessing child pornography and improper display of a firearm, after his father turned in two of the young man’s phones to law enforcement earlier this week, according to the Miami-Herald.
Their investigation began Tuesday, after U.S. Homeland Security Investigations’ Violent Gang Task Force, having seen the boy’s social media posts, notified local police.
The arrest warrant accused Mesa of “recklessly displaying firearms and pointing them at the camera.”
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Miami-Dade Schools Detective John Messenger visited Mesa’s school, Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School, “to engage in a friendly conversation to understand what Sean Mesa’s fascination with firearms was.”
Messenger’s report alleges Mesa replied that, “he likes guns and it was his right to post on social media whatever he wished.”
The young man’s father subsequently surrendered two cellphones on which law enforcement allegedly discovered a video of a child under the age of 10 being sexually abused, which he had shared with others in a group chat, according to the arrest warrant.
In the wake of the recent Parkland shooting that resulted in the deaths of 14 teens and three teachers, some family members have been reporting teens whom they suspect of planning a mass shooting.
Tragically, illegal guns are not the only horrific elements to which America’s youth gain access. As Mesa’s case demonstrates, there exist criminals willing to sell them child pornography, as well.
As hard as it is, family members must continue to turn in youth who show a propensity to commit crimes against children of either a sexual or violent nature, or, as in the case of Mesa, both.
Meanwhile, we, as a society, must take a long hard look at how our children are accessing guns and child pornography, and what soul sickness in our culture is causing them to make use of both.