10Benjamin Evan Nelson
The 27-year-old resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, placed an ad on Care.com offering childcare services. Care.com is considered to be a reputable company with 16.5 million members in 16 countries. They offer eldercare, childcare, pet care, and housekeeping services.
The parents who hired Nelson believed they could trust him with their children. They were wrong. Nelson was a sadistic child predator who was using the website to find his victims.
In May 2015, a grand jury indicted Nelson on five counts of first-degree sodomy, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of luring a child. According to court records, both victims were boys, one under the age of 12 and the other under age 14.
Another indictment was filed on August 7, 2015, regarding a third victim. This time, Nelson was charged with four counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and one count of encouraging child abuse.
Nelson pled guilty to two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse, and two counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Care.com released a statement: “This is a highly disturbing matter, and our thoughts are with the family. We have been working with law enforcement, and since there is still an open investigation related to this individual, we will not comment further.”