Season 3 Randy Cooper - Kellogg, Iowa (Des Moines) - Episode 38
Randy Cooper, 58, of Kellogg, Iowa contacted one of our child profiles on the model/photographer portfolio site ModelMayhem.com.
Simply put, ModelMayhem is a free networking site for photographers and models. The minimum age to join ModelMayhem is 16 and that was visible to Randy, although we informed him later in chat that the child he believed he was talking to, was in fact 14.
Our profile was listed in Toronto, Ontario and Randy's was in Iowa. Any free member of ModelMayhem can contact any other member for free, anywhere in the world. Right away Randy started with compliments and he expressed a desire to do a photoshoot with the child.
The communications continued beyond talking about a photoshoot and Randy at one point sent a picture of his penis. Randy explicitly laid out that doing a photoshoot with the child was not his only plan. He intended to take the child's virginity. At one point he sent images of what he said were him and another teen model at his home in Iowa, having sexual intercourse. This turned out to be just fantasy on Randy's part. After the confrontation, we contacted the alleged child (now an adult) and she verified that the incident didn't happen as described originally by Randy and the pair didn't have sex.
Communications with Randy spanned over several months. At one point, Randy was making plans to fly to Detroit, Michigan so the child could come to a photoshoot easily. Eventually, Randy and the child decided she would fly to Iowa (Randy paying) so that she would be able to do a photoshoot with Randy in his home. The child stated she was going to be travelling with her older cousin. At no point did married Randy, talk to or ask to speak to the child's parents. He also did not verify if the child was actually going to be travelling with her family member.
During the confrontation in September 2017, Randy hardly made excuses and verified most of the facts although he stated that he wouldn't have had sex with the child, if she were real.
In January 2018, Randy, a retired US Army veteran, took his own life with a gunshot to the head.
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