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Popular gay hookup app Grindr at center of pedophile case on Guam

By Eric Rosario

The FBI has produced evidence in federal court alleging Jason S. Brown, a Yigo resident, used Grindr, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to lure a "13-year-old boy living in Andersen Air Force Base" to have sex with him, and to trade suspected child pornography.

The "13-year-old boy living in Andersen Air Force Base" was FBI Special Agent Joshua Kipp, who posed as the teenage boy "Shayne" on Grindr. Grindr is a popular social media app for gay men to meet each other for sex.

"The online persona SA Kipp created was that of a homeschooled 13-year-old boy named Shayne (Shayne), living on Andersen Air Force Base," Mr. Kipp's affidavit in federal court for a warrant to search certain related Facebook accounts states. "At approximately 8:51 p.m. on November 17, 2020, username NPNC, who was later identified as JASON S. BROWN, began a chat on the Grindr application with Shayne. Within minutes BROWN asked Shayne to move the chat to the WhatsApp messaging application."

The affidavit continues to describe Brown's luring of Shayne to meet up and have sex with him, including a discussion and trade of pornographic photos. Brown was taken into custody by the FBI at the meet up site - the Pass & ID office outside AAFB.

In the course of the investigation that ensued, federal officials discovered a disturbing amount of suspected child pornography, including the video of a man anally penetrating a five-year-old boy.

This is a developing story.

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