- It's a fear many parents can't escape: their child meeting a predator online. That's become reality for one Tomahawk family.
When Randy Webie's ex-wife showed him this Facebook conversation his 16-year-old daughter was having with Abel Jump, he was horrified. And he wasn't going to let Jump get away with it. After contacting everyone from the Sheriff's Department, the DA, even the Governor, Jump now faces a felony charge of child enticement.
"I was really sickened and pretty upset. I was very mad that this 23-year-old man was talking to my 16-year-old daughter like this," says Webie.
The conversation Jump had with the girl is far too graphic to show unedited. But for eleven pages, he spoke explicitly to the 16-year-old and tried to arrange an encounter with her, and one of her friends.
"I made a number of phone calls. I called the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, I've contacted the District Attorney's office, I called the Governor's office, I called the FBI," says Webie.
Jump is a National Guardsman. Webie says that makes this crime even worse.
"I really hope other parents out there hear this and start reaching out to their kids more. The more you monitor your kids... they might not like it. They'll say, 'oh, it's private'. Until you're 18 I don't think you have very much privacy when it comes to social media," says Webie.
Webie spoke out in court asking the judge for high bail or none at all. Assistant District Attorney Michlig asked for $10,000 cash bond due to the seriousness of the crime and Jump's criminal history.
"I think the court should note the defendant is charged in the underlying case with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a short barreled shotgun or rifle, and possession of a switchblade knife. I think those are serious allegations. Coupled now with allegations of child enticement, I think that cash bail is certainly warranted; high cash bail, I should say," says Michlig.
Judge Richards ultimately decided to keep bond set at $1,500 cash. Jump's case will be sent to Judge O'Melia's court for scheduling.