Father of sexual assault victim warns parents about social media

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 1:44 PM

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The father of a sexual assault victim has a warning for other parents with children on social media.

"It's been tough, as a father of a daughter. It's like a parent's worst nightmare,” the father of a sexual assault victim said.

This father's nightmare began when 18-year-old TJ Chaddic sent a friend request to his 11-year-old daughter on Instagram over the summer.

"The same day he became friends with her on Instagram was the same day that something happened."

The girl's father wanted to keep the circumstances private, but last month Chaddic pleaded guilty to sexual assault in the second degree. The girl's family agreed to a plea deal, which put Chaddic's name on the state's sex offender registry site on Nov. 22.

"I just wanted it to end and for us to move forward."

But it's what this father says Chaddic continued to do online that concerned him for both the safety of his children and others in the area.

"The same pattern that he had before is the same thing he's using now. He's using Instagram to meet young girls. He's still following them. He's added 40 of them in the last three or four days."

An active Instagram account with Chaddic's name and photo was found by WHAS11's Brooke Hasch. The last photo was posted a week ago. According to a Kentucky state law, a registered sex offender is "prohibited from using social networking Web site or instant messaging or chat room program accessible by minors."

The father says it's cause for concern that Chaddic's probation officer is not doing her job. He says he's notified the officer several times, providing snapshots of his active Instagram profile.

"Nothing seems to happen. I feel you need to follow the rules and if you break them, there needs to be a consequence for them. And right now, I feel like there hasn't been a consequence for them."

We reached out to Chaddic's probation officer, but have not received a response.

After WHAS11's 4 p.m. news on Wednesday Chaddic's Instagram profile was taken down.







 

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