Man Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison After Tracking 13-Year-Old Girl’s Location Through Snapchat

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A man from Arkansas, Michael Ray Beam, 32, was sentenced to 30 years in prison with lifetime supervision following release after he stalked a teen girl through the location feature on Snapchat, the Justice Department says according to FOX

After the man tracked the 13-year-old girl’s location through Snapchat, he then went on to leave a vape in her mailbox in trade for sexual content, police say. If you’re unaware, Snapchat has a feature that allows users to see other users’ locations if the feature is turned on. The 32-year-old man used the feature to track the teen to her home. The man also utilized the social media app to


the unidentified teen to send him sexual photos of herself. 

“In Beam’s phone, investigators found multiple ‘screen capture’ video recordings of the child pornography he had received via Snapchat from the young victim.” 

A plea agreement filed in the man’s case said that he contained a folder on his phone called

“My Collections”

as well as

“a number of subfolders, some of which were designated with female first names,”

which was later seized by prosecutors.  

According to the court filing,

“In one of the nine screen-capture videos, the Defendant can be seen to activate his phone’s screenside digital camera, causing his face to be briefly displayed on the phone’s screen, and thus to be recorded as part of that video.” 

Beam was apprehended back in September 2020 by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office. Reports added that he pleaded not guilty. 

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