A FEMALE sex offender who is serving time after seducing two teenage boys has asked for penpals while behind bars in a series of TikTok videos.
Officials say there is nothing they can do to stop her.Miriah Vanlith, who is currently in an Idaho prison managed to post videos of herself appealing for penpals[/caption] Vanlith was jailed for 10 years in 2018 after raping two teenage boys[/caption]
Miriah Vanlith, 43, is currently serving a 10-year sentence at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, near Boise, after raping a 14 and 17-year old in 2018 as well as enticing kids over the internet, Idaho inmate public records show.
Despite the seriousness of her crimes, where she contacted victims via Snapchat and Facebook, she has asked for “male or female” penpals in a number of TikTok videos that first appeared on July 8.
Vanlith posted eight videos to her account and has picked up 33,000 followers.
Prisoners are able to use a system called JPay where they can send emails and videos to people outside of prison, but they cannot access social media sites directly.
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That implies that someone else has created the TikTok account for Vanlith and apparently uploaded the content.
Her profile has now been suspended, although other users of TikTok have recorded clips and then shared to their own accounts, often to express horror at Vanlith’s actions.
Vanlith is also suspected of molesting other boys, including a 15 year old, but under a plea deal, another charge was dropped.
Speaking to The Idaho Stateman from prison she claimed she had changed and that her “past doesn’t define me”.
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“I made big mistakes in the past,” she told the news outlet. “I’ve learned and grown a lot in the last five years. I take responsibility for what I’ve done… I’ve started a new chapter of my life.”
She declined to reveal how she had managed to get the video footage onto the social media platform, when questioned by the outlet.
While phones are considered contraband in prison, officials said they can’t stop her but added they don’t “endorse such communication”.
The prison said it was aware of the situation but couldn’t control third-party applications and those who pay, post the videos on prisoners’ behalves.
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Idaho DOC spokesperson Jeff Ray told The Spokesman-Review: “While many pen-pal-type relationships are well-intended, people who choose to engage in them – including those who are incarcerated – should be wary.”
Vanlith claimed she had made more than 500 new contacts through JPay since posting on TikTok, which has since been taken down, alongside her account.The TikTok account has since been disabled[/caption]