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Dec 3, 2013 10:38 PM by Janine Reyes

Disturbing Instagram Images Have Local Woman, Authorities Concerned

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A local woman is joining the fight against a man sharing some questionable images on Instagram. You should know first, the details in this story are disturbing.

"He could be any, anywhere, we don't know," said Renee Waldron, the woman who alerted us to the poster.

He is someone who describes himself as a 30-year-old man, "trying to post nice pics of cute boys."

He identifies himself as Clarke, though we have no way of knowing if that's his real name.

Somehow, on the social networking site Instagram, he's racked up almost 1800 followers.

His content is so disturbing we can't share the clear images on TV, his page has dozens and dozens of boys, some with no shirts on, some showing even more. All appear to be under age.

"Their positions have been manipulated to imply sexual favors," Waldron described. Noting that since she first found the site, she's noticed even more pictures uploaded. She did report it to Instagram.

The discussions on some photos are even more disturbing than the images.

One follower says he'd prefer seeing the boys pictured naked, some of 'Clarke's' followers do have naked pictures of young boys in sexual positions.

We did contact Corpus Christi police and they are investigating. They also reached out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Dr. David Gurney with Texas A&M Corpus Christi says sites like Instagram can bring together people from across the nation, so for me and you, there's probably no telling where Clarke lives, or where the boys who are on the site are from.

"Behind the scenes they do have ways to be able to look at what is the source address of this account, where is this content coming from," Gurney explained.

But it does serve as a warning for parents that people on the prowl can take your images and without you even knowing it, exploit your kids.

"A photo that you post of your kid at a pool party goes on this account, it reads very differently than if you were a legitimate parent that just wanted to share pictures of a backyard barbeque," Gurney said.

Waldron and her family have reached out to law enforcement across the nation, and she hopes to see this site gone soon. "I would like to see justice served, I would like to have that person punished and that profile removed," she said.

Local detectives tell us they did capture some of the images today to begin an investigation.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children could not speak about any potential case that they have on the user today.

Police say if you ever come across inappropriate content, it is best to report it to authorities.


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