App service stopped after sex assault reports
Man charged last week
The makers of a mobile app have shut part of it down after reports that at least three child sexual assaults were set up through the service, including one in Wisconsin.
The founder of San Francisco-based Skout.com, Christian Wiklund, announced on Tuesday the company had temporarily suspended its under-18 community. The app is for flirting and dating.
Wiklund said in a blog post the site was intended for adults but it was attracting younger users so they launched the service for those under 18 about a year ago with stringent security safeguards.
In Milwaukee County, a 21-year-old Waukesha man, Daniel Schmidt, was charged on June 5 with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy that he met via Skout.com.
His attorney, Jonathan LaVoy, had no comment when reached by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.