4chan Camgirl Loli-chan Grows Up

The FBI obtained a warrant for Vosburgh in February 2007 by tracking his location and concluding he lived alone. The day of his arrest, agents were on guard for a reprisal, because they knew their target owned more than a dozen guns. Upon hearing the sound of scraping metal emanating from inside Vosburgh's home in Media, Pennsylvania, they positively freaked.

The agents knocked on his front door for more than 30 minutes, yelling that someone had vandalized the alleged pedophile's car. But the attempt to lure him outside didn't work. Finally, Vosburgh appeared and apologized, saying he'd been using the restroom.

He had, in fact, been in the bathroom. Court records show that smashed thumb drives were found floating in his toilet. Although Vosburgh was found with an AK-47, shotguns, assault rifles, semiautomatic handguns, revolvers, and cartridges, what officers thought to be a gun was really the sound of their target dismantling his computer tower.

The feds couldn't restore the thumb drives, but they were able to locate an external hard drive containing two illegal images of underage girls. The child porn almost seemed like a footnote, considering they also found nearly every other kind of smut imaginable. There was an overwhelming amount of "child erotica" — images that showed young kids posed in suggestive ways that aren't overtly sexual. Among them was a cache of more than 2,015 Loli-chan images.

According to the FBI: "Loli-chan is the name of a 13-year-old girl who posts pictures of herself on imageboards and enjoys hearing from her older male fans. In these images, Loli-chan is, for example, licking a lollipop; in the bathroom wearing a robe and making a kissing expression; in a swimsuit at a pool; in a Mini-Mouse [sic] outfit; in a school uniform sitting on the floor barefoot; and sitting clothed on a toilet. In many of these images, the girl is holding signs that say, 'I'm thirteen,' 'Google your own porn,' 'kock swerve is gay,' [and various other vulgar, nonsensical phrases.]"

Prosecutors said Vosburgh's possession of these images was proof he had a sexual interest in young girls and that his clicking the booby-trapped link wasn't an accident. A jury agreed, and Vosburgh was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. He tried, unsuccessfully, to appeal in 2010.

Zach, the 38-year-old college student, also insisted he wasn't a pedophile when I spoke with him by Skype on a recent Wednesday evening. He merely feels protective of Loli, he says, and considers her a friend.

He first came across Loli-chan images while serving in the National Guard as a chemical warfare defense instructor. Immediately, he was captivated. Shortly thereafter, someone posted a photo of the then-13-year-old's house with the threat, "Here's where I'm gonna kidnap her."

So Zach started the site LoliChanArmy, which gathered dozens of computer-savvy fans who were dedicated to finding and erasing personal information about Loli's real-life identity before predators could find it.

Now he regularly sends her books and wishes she would put more "practical" items, such as lock picks, on her Amazon Wishlist. Most recently, he sent Loli an ax so she could defend herself against stalkers. ("He thinks I'm like a comic book character or something," Loli explains. "I'm like WTF do I need an ax for?")

"I have an overwhelming urge to protect her and make sure she's OK so nobody harms her," he explains. "My instruction to her was to put that ax into an attacker as fast as she can, as many times as she can, and as hard as possible."

Zach's primary interests are collecting Nazi paraphernalia and talking to Loli every day on Skype. When he has extra cash, he pays her to read aloud from Carl Sagan books and the Bible, $2.50 per page.

He's doled out about a grand this year to Loli and has no obsessive feelings toward any other Chan.

"[Cracky] posts all this info on a place like 4chan trying to get popular and then freaks out when she accomplishes that goal," he says. "At least [Loli] isn't afraid to own the consequences of her own actions."


Loli lives with the consequences of her youthful folly every day. When most people see a small child with an older man, they likely assume it's a kid hanging out with her grandfather. Not Loli — she carries both pepper spray and pink polymer knuckles on her key chain in case such kids need a rescuer. She still cringes when she remembers classmates in high school who would confront her by saying, "Hey, don't I recognize you from online?"

Her paranoia peaked when she attended college in North Florida. She began hearing voices that alternately asked her to post more photos of herself and told her she was worthless.

Loli withdrew right before finals week of her freshman year, moved back home, and was involuntarily committed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's psych ward for nearly a month. After racking up a $31,000 bill, she was placed on a strict regimen of lithium, which she now takes three times a day.

To pay off her huge hospital bill, Loli began modeling on MyFreeCams from her messy home. On her computer desk sits a webcam and a letter opener inscribed with the saying, "When you're right, no one remembers, and when you're wrong, no one forgets." She's become a kind of internet welfare queen — subsisting on money and gifts sent by her former fan base. "I didn't think anybody would recognize me on there, but within a day, people were posting about it on 4chan," she says.

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stallion333
stallion333

My Uncle Joseph recently got an awesome blue Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel by work part time using a lap-top. my sources J­a­m­2­0­.­­o­m

smdrpepper
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Sad story, but one that has a very important lesson.

 
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