Denton Journalism Teacher Charged With Making Child Porn by Sexting with Teen Boys

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Denton High School students were puzzled on Thursday when journalism teacher Greg Bogomol was ignominiously escorted from the building. They were soon tweeting about rumors "that something happened."

Rumors are slippery, unreliable things, as any high school journalism student can attest. Maybe they contain a nugget of truth. Lucky for the truth-seekers at Denton High, then, that Bogomol's case includes a federal criminal complaint.

The complaint was filed on Friday and accuses Bogomol of sexual exploitation of minors.

There was nothing physical, at least nothing that's been so far in court documents. The alleged exploitation was purely digital, carried out at least in part through Kik, a cross-platform smartphone messaging app.

The feds' investigation began on May 6 when the parents of a 15-year-old Louisiana boy contacted Homeland Security about a Kik user going by the name Crystal Williams.

Williams, purportedly a teenage girl, had messaged the boy out of the blue wanting to chat. According to the feds, innocent texting quickly turned to sexting. Before long Williams was sending over nude photos, with a request the the boy return the favor. He responded with a closeup of his genitals but refused -- and indeed seems to have been creeped out by -- Williams's request that he send a full body shot, face included.

It didn't take Homeland Security long to reach the conclusion the Crystal Williams was not the lithe teenage girl she purported to be. An agent quickly traced the Kik account to a Voice over IP number registered with Pinger, which led to an AOL email address, which led to Bogomol.

Homeland Security showed up at Bogomol's home later the same day. He readily acceded to a search of his Samsung Galaxy cell phone, which turned up a copy of Grindr, the gay hookup app, which in turn contained sexually explicit conversations with what appeared to be underage boys. In one of the agents' cars, away from his wife, Bogomol allegedly confessed to chatting up 14 to 17 year old boys in hopes of convincing them to send nude photos.

A subsequent search of Bogomol's cell phone -- this one more exhaustive and authorized by a warrant -- turned up several files of child porn. The specific image on which the feds base was received through Kik.

It's important to distinguish here between possession of child pornography, which is the typical charge when the cops find pics one someone's computer or phone, and sexual exploitation of minors, which Bogomol is charged with. The latter charge is associated with the production of child pornography ("Any person who employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in ... any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct" can be charged) and carries a much stiffer penalty.

If a jury finds that Bogomol did, in fact, coerce underage boys into sending him nude photos, he's going to prison for 15 years, minimum.

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whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

For the love of Jeebus.  What a creep.  Imagine that face sweating all over you...


Lock him up.  Register him for life.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Ruddski is actually a 49 year-old cross-dressing ex-poledancer from Salina, Kansas.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Since this has turned into an attack on J-school (as if J-school were the problem, here) let me offer an ambivalent defense of J-school. I don't think it can actually harm a really talented young journalist and can help at the graduate level, once the student has an undergraduate degree in something useful, like history, economics, political science.(Skip English lit.) American studies would be great preparation for a journalist.

Blackie was right, but unfortunately only for Blackie. Flor anyone else, no. I've seen too many J-school grads who knew how to layout a page, do a news budget, write a headline, but didn't know who won WWII, what Vietnam was all about. Who are helpless covering a city council meeting. Who have no grasp of science or its procedures. Who can't read the bottom line of an annual report. Who have never read anything that isn't on a screen.

They'd make perfect bloggers.    

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

They teach journalism in High School because Walmart needs workers.

Maybe I'm being too harsh - these kids could go on to an expensive J-school school, rack up huge debt, and complain about Global Climate Republicanism while whipping up triple-expensivo latte grandes for big-tipping plumbers. At night, they twitter and blog, and dream about getting their first big break in one of the least-respected fields going.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  Simple explanation: it's because the small-minded, short-sighted and self-interested people only care about themselves and their immediate situation, rather than some nebulous future their progeny will inhabit. It's journalists' responsibility to attempt to save these nitwits' offspring from their selfish progenitors by attempting to force a conversation about issues that matter in the bigger picture.

What
What

@TheRuddSki So you decided to change the subject as you were unhappy to discuss the topic above.  Thankfully you have Myrna here so you don't have to bash the writer.  Otherwise you it would be the same band of brothers with sore arms from so much back patting.  Yet if this is where you have decided to go.  We know you are just distraught over the way our city, state and country are being destroyed.  WHO do you think will make it better?  Be productive.  I know you can do it. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Topeka. Big difference.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bmarvel

I'm not attacking j-school, I'm lampooning it. Since UP is in some sort of funk, I had to do something to boost traffic.

Yesterday, Jim went off on a stawman rant, today, no new posts at this late hour. I think the funk may be a result of the Jill Abramson thing, kinda upset the world of lib journos

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

Blackie Sherrod said journalism went down hill the day newspapers began requiring college degrees.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@what

Blog comment sections often turn into "open threads" that wander from the specific article posted. I chose to, like anyone else, introduce a different topic, which generated responses. It happens all the time, amigo. After all, there's only so much to say about the fat journo predator.

Now, you're trying to change the subject, ironically enough, and rather than introduce an item of interest that could open a new line of debate, you're going to focus on your dislike of me. How special.

And your constant complaint of my complaints about Dallas are just bizarre. I complain about Dallas and Texas at the lowest rate per post than even the guys who own the blog.

Now, as much as we're all so interested in how you feel about me, do you really believe anyone is anxious to see another one of your obsessive record- breaking rants?

If you can ever challenge an actual point or fact I bring up, give it a shot, but ineffectual, idiotic attempts to say shut up Just make you look like an angry, anonymous little punk.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Which are, oddly enough, reflected in national polls concerning Obama, Obamacare, and liberal over-reach, trust in government, etc.

What this shows, is that the issues most important to at least the libs here -staff and commenters alike, are the least important to Americans on the whole.

It's called a bubble, you live in it.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin  It just popped into my head.  Kim Novak's character, Judy Barton, in Vertigo was from Salina.


Scottie: I just want to know who you are.
Judy (describing herself a second time): Well, I told you. My name is Judy Barton. I come from Salina, Kansas. I work at Magnin's and I live here. My gosh, do I have to prove it?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  The only 2 things from my childhood that I remember about Topeka are, its the capital of Kansas and my uncle ran the Steak n Ale there while going through law school at Washburn

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

When I interviewed for my first newspaper job, even though I would be doing chiefly photo, the publisher let on that he would never hire anyone from J-school. The writers I worked with over the years went on to law, or big-time, big-market dailies. None of them had J-school backgrounds.

The best advice I've seen for aspiring journalists is "go to law school", and my favorite journalists just happen to be in law.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkiosk

Cable's most-watched news channel? The Baristas could only hope.

What
What

@TheRuddSki Well then you should go start your own blog.  That way your 5 fans can follow you there and you want have to sponge off the Village Voice  pages.  The problem is that it is impossible for you to represent the true view of a Texan because you are from, from, what ever the latest place you claim to be from. 


Carry on little one. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@what

No but he pretended there were WMD's...

So did the majority of NIE and Democrats.

You lost amigo, you can't bring Saddam back, and Bush ain't going to jail. The best you can hope for is the collapse of moderate/liberal Islam at this point.

What
What

@WhiteWhale No but he pretended there were WMD's which cost American's more money than any other screw up in the history of the world.  A worthless war that even failed on the level of obtaining cheaper oil. 

But you know that.  The ENTIRE WORLD knows that. 

What
What

@TheRuddSki Think future.  We can go back and forth about Bush/Obama.  Yet who can lead the nation in the RuddSki direction? 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I was dictating honey, I just made an observation, I never said to stop.  C'mon Myrna, your comprehension is better than that

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Ok, you had no answer to my response, time to move on I see.

Bush referenced the US Majority Intelligence Assessment, the majority international Intel assessment, and the absolute majority UNSC assessment in regards to Saddam, his ongoing violations of cease-fire, his connection with Palestinian terror attacks.

Now tell me, was everyone Bush cited lying? And if they were, did Bush know all these entities were lying?

No-one has been able to make that case, because the case can't be made. When you call Bush a liar in that regard, you're either stupid orlying

You're just a font of bitter-clinger false rhetoric spouting the propaganda created by Stalinist anti-American ANSWER and proved liars like the Wilson guy and his "spy" wife. You're a dupe.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz oh dear, must we really?  This is degrading into a you're fat, no you're fat arguement

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  While we're talking about lies, let's mention the Great Lie.  Bush and Cheney lied about WMD and led us into two wars that killed and maimed millions and nearly bankrupted our economy.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

And in how many of those attacks was the immediate response to lie, arrest an American, then continue to lie to the public because of upcoming elections, while never holding anyone, including the killers, to account?

They are still lying and covering up, you're just not reading about it because you're in the "I don't want to know " bubble.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  May I keep reminding you that there were 13 attacks on American Embassies under the Bush administraion, and the Republicans never uttered a peep about any of them?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

The public is dis-interested in the lies and incompetence of Benghazi, the IRS scandal and various constitutional mis-steps by the regime because the democrat press does not report on these issues, or at a bare minimum required to maintain a facade of fair & balanced.

When you have reporters openly cheering a president and his admin, do you think they can cover him without bias?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  Perhaps you're right.  The American public might just prefer never-ending right-wing drivel about Benghazi cover-ups and Communist takeover plots being hatched by Obama.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@what

If you haven't seen my full name and where I live, you've not looked.

Having an anonymous single-purpose hater demand personal information when any idiot can find it is kind of funny.

I guess you don't get the irony.

What
What

@TheRuddSki Why don't you do as Myrna.  Give us your full name.  Your full location so we can see who is willing to stand up to their views.   I mean, after all.  If you call someone the C word, the least you can do is be man enough to man up. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

After the embarrassing correction drove him away, he returned to politely ask that his name not be mentioned. I, being a polite man, honored his request. You're not bring very polite, and now, most likely, I will get the blame for your lack of couth.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I think your focus on sexuality and Salina is because you're a bubble-headed broad who can't keep up with the boys, and TheRuddski in particular, in an honest debate. You get your clock cleaned so much, you gotta wear shades,

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin My mistake.  Ruddski started a very lucrative career in Topeka as a drag artist and pole dancer all those many years ago.

What
What

@TheRuddSki I just checked with my Doc and he said I am doing what is best for ALL Dallasites.   So go ahead, make up another bullshit story with anyone being able to confirm it.   Make it huge!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@what

Your obsession with me, combined with your seeming inability to make a rational statement or challenge any point I make in a rational manner tells me you're a very frustrated person. I think you need to go get drunk, laid, or both. You're risking your health here, you're going to have a stroke.

What
What

@TheRuddSki OH no, not with the stories which we all like to call around here.  Contradictions GONE WILD!  Tell the one about how you turn water into wine.  Oh that's Jesus.  The one about Chris Christy and The New Christy Minstrals and the Panama Canal. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

The mainstream print press (and the alternative rags to boot) today are henchmen.

As the esteemed Prof Reynolds would say "democrat operatives with bylines".

I used to make the joke that one should vote republican so we could be better-informed about the pitfalls, mistakes and dangers government makes. The Obama phenomenon is the ultimate proof of that.

Trouble is, most of government - functionaries, apparatchiks, bureaucracy, etc - are democrats. Statists who work for the state who have the state's interests at heart, not the people's. Combine that with the fact that the majority of journalists today are liberal democrats and just as statist when dems are in power, and you've got one helluva powerful monster, and the state - as we see - can get away with a lot.

None of that will change when/if repubs gain power. In my opinion, the left is winning the long war, entrenched in all the important areas as described in the communist manifesto, etc.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. - Joseph Pulitzer, American publisher, 1847-1911.

Military officers can be punished under the UCMJ for issuing a political opinion.

We give journalists special rights and protections under the Constitution for a reason and that reason it to NOT suck up to a particular person, idea or ideology.  It is to watch and report on any government, and that demands an adversarial approach.

The mainstream print press (and the alternative rags to boot) today are henchmen.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Yeah, and you are not? LOL

I am neither humble, anonymous or shy, so your response makes no sense.

What
What

@TheRuddSki Oh look Bettina, one of the two you haven't run off with threats of lawsuits.  Why do you think it is you can't seem to get rid of him?  You have called him every name in the book.  He keeps bouncing back.  And he never LIKES you. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Look dipshit,

You're one of those "humble and shy" anonymous people with something to contribute to society that bvckvs refers to.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki  


Look dipshit, I don't care if Fox is the most watched cable news program. Look how popular Duck Dynasty and other reality programs are. 


And I am about as frighten by Fox as I am about your threats of suing people in this forum. Get a clue.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Yes cable. Are you familiar with the term "apples to apples"?

FOX broadcast only has local news.

You, like many people who are frightened of FOX and ideological diversity, likely confuse FOX opinion programming with reportage.

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