Gavin Guffey Wiki – Gavin Guffey Biography

Gavin Guffey, 17, had just graduated from high school and was getting ready for college with plans to become an art teacher.Brandon Guffey was typing on his phone at his Rock Hill, South Carolina home in the early morning hours of July 27, 2022, when he heard a loud noise coming from the bathroom down the hall.

“It sounded like a bowling ball falling and crashing into the shelves,” Brandon, 43, tells PEOPLE. He called out to his son, Gavin Guffey, who was in the bathroom with the door closed. When the 17-year-old didn’t respond, Brandon kicked in the door to find his eldest son lying on the floor, bleeding. “I think he fell and hit his head,” he says.

After yelling at his wife, Melissa, to call 911, he noticed a gun next to his son. “I could smell and taste the gunpowder,” he says. He sat on the bathroom floor with the lifeless body of his son cradled in his arms. His son had taken her own life. “I’ve never experienced anything like this, that amount of pain,” he says. “Still, to this day, he is still very painful.”


Gavin Guffey Age

The age of Gavin Guffey was 17 years.

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Gavin Guffey Sextortion Victim

Just as searing is when he and his family discovered that Gavin was being blackmailed by compromising photos he had sent to a woman he believed was a college student in North Carolina the night she died. Online scammers posing as the young woman sent the recent high school graduate nude photos and asked him to send them some in exchange for it.

When he hit send, the scammers threatened to show them to the world unless he forwarded money on online payment apps. “My son was a target,” says Brandon, who is working with local and federal authorities to stop scammers he believes are responsible for his son’s death. (The FBI declined to comment on the case.) Determined to prevent other children from being sextorted, Brandon has turned his grief and pain into action.


Brandon was the Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives when Gavin died, and last November he won the general election. In January, his first order of business as one of South Carolina’s newest legislators was to introduce a bill to the state House to make sextortion a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The bill is expected to reach the full House in early April. He hopes it will pass the House this year before lawmakers adjourn in late May. “This must pass today!” he says. “Bills move slowly, but we have a habit of moving some things quickly. What’s more important than saving the kids?”

The issue is so critical that in December, the FBI issued a public safety alert saying law enforcement had received more than 7,000 reports related to the online sextortion of minors. “This is a major crime,” he says. “But people don’t talk about it.” Victims “think they’re having this little relationship online only to find out it’s being recorded,” he says.


Knowing that the victims are embarrassed and embarrassed, they “use that information to extort money from them, or they will release it to everyone that person knows.” He is now trying to inform as many people as he can about the dangers of sextortion. “It’s about raising awareness so that parents understand that this is a real threat,” he says.

Another way Brandon is spreading the word about often-silenced crime is with the heart-shaped love symbol: Brandon has the symbol tattooed on his left arm, pinned to t-shirts and lapel pins made especially for each legislator signing his bill. He even had the conversation starter picture put on a tie he wears in the State House.

Recently, he says, “I got in the elevator with 10 other sophomores and juniors from the University of South Carolina and they said, ‘Hey, I really like your tie,'” he recalls. “I was also wearing my son’s tennis shoes, which were just old patterned Vans. [Students] were like, ‘You’re the coolest here.’


“I said, ‘Well, let me tell you what this all means.’ I ended up having everyone follow me back to my office and I gave them a 30-minute lecture on the dangers of sexting and sextortion. “All I do is try to raise awareness. I would shout it from the top of the mountain if I could.”

He’s also trying to do what he can to prevent teen suicide by telling kids how important and loved they are. “The slogan ‘Tomorrow needs you’ has become a rallying cry for us,” he says. He hopes other states will take a stronger stance against sextortion and that social networking sites will do more to prevent the sextortion of minors. “I want to make sure that these social media companies are held accountable,” he says.Read More………

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