13-Year-Old Secretly Taped in Bedroom by Father’s Best Friend

Man video taping little girl
Bradley McCollum

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When Oregon teen Madison Reed was just 13 years old, her father’s good friend and neighbor Bradley McCollum began videotaping her. This secret taping went on for four years.

McCollum, 48, hid a camera in Madison’s bedroom, pointed at her bed.

McCollum was good friends with Madison’s dad, Clark Reed. He visited their home often and even vacationed with them at the Reed family’s beach house on Cannon Beach. This adds a whole other element to this case that makes it even more upsetting. It’s a complete betrayal besides being criminal.

McCollum’s videotapes include footage of Madison at the beach house and in her bedroom over the course of four years. He was only found out because Madison’s mom saw him exit her daughter’s bedroom during a visit.

She searched the room later and discovered the video camera under papers on the desk. The family didn’t want to believe it was their friend

“We were looking for every excuse to think it was someone else until we found proof. Our world was upside down,” Reed said to KGW-TV regarding his former friend.

The hidden camera captured Madison, a minor, undressing and naked, and yet McCollum’s recordings do not constitute child pornography because of the laws in Oregon.

Madison is now 18 and she is having a hard time with this. She said, “I don’t like to think about it, but I think about it all the time — like all day. Every day. There’s no choice but to think about it”.

McCollum has been charged with felony burglary and invasion of privacy. He does not have to register as a sex offender and that just feels so wrong.

The state of Oregon is working to change their laws.

Madison is speaking out on the matter in hopes changes will be made. I also hope this family doesn’t blame themselves — something the parents may be struggling with since they believed this man was their friend.

This man needs help, serious help. And a couple of years in prison may not be enough. His sentencing is on March 4.

For now, and even after this sentencing, he is allowed to be Madison’s neighbor.

Baby pulls cocaine from woman’s shirt during traffic stop

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Deputies say an 11-month-old boy pulled a baggie full of cocaine from inside the shirt of a woman during a traffic stop near Daytona Beach

Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a car Sunday for traffic violations.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports a K-9 unit arrived to check the car and deputies asked the occupants to step outside with the baby. No drugs were found inside the car, but as the deputy handed a driver’s license to Candyce Harden, the baby reached inside her shirt and pulled out the baggie.

It’s unclear who the baby belongs to.

An arrest report says deputies found three more baggies and pills without a prescription.

Harden faces multiple charges including child abuse and possession of drugs. It’s not known whether she hired a lawyer

Boyfriend arrested in beating, rape of 16-year-old girl over 5 days

HANFORD, Calif. – Police in Central California have arrested a man accused of raping his 16-year-old girlfriend and beating her with a tire iron over the course of five days.

Hanford police say 19-year-old Eddie Perez was taken into custody on Saturday night.

Sgt. Justin Vallin says the girl’s family reported that she had run away about two weeks ago from Avenal. Investigators believe she was with Perez, but the relationship turned violent when he accused her of cheating on him several days ago.

Vallin says Perez held the girl in his car, and she was able to signal a passerby for help on Friday afternoon while he was away.

She was in stable condition at a hospital on Sunday. Vallin did not know whether Perez had an attorney.

Florida Child abuse hotline ignored 2 calls before 5-year-old Killed

Father killed Child
John Jonchuck

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Just 12 hours before a man fatally threw his 5-year-old daughter off a Tampa Bay bridge last month, his own attorney called the state’s child abuse hotline, warning that John Jonchuck was suffering from mental delusions.

But according to document released by Florida child welfare officials Monday, the operator didn’t refer the call to investigators because she didn’t think the child was in danger.

One week earlier, another friend alleged Jonchuck’s daughter Phoebe had been physically abused in the past. But that call also failed to get to investigators because the operator hung up before she got Jonchuck’s address.

The lapses have prompted the Department of Children and Families to change hotline protocol. Going forward, if a caregiver seems to be experiencing a psychotic episode, a child protective investigator will be required to visit within four hours.