Archive for ‘sex offenders’

April 13, 2009

Consensual teen sex-texting

First gay marriage, now this:

The Vermont Legislature is considering a bill that would legalize so-called “sexting” between teenagers.
Sexting refers to the exchange of explicit photos and videos via mobile phone. Under current laws, participants can be charged with child pornography, but lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize the consensual exchange of graphic images between two people 13 to 18 years old. Passing along such images to others would remain a crime.
Supporters told The Burlington Free Press they don’t want to condone the behavior but they don’t think teenagers should be prosecuted as sex offenders for consensual conduct.

(Via Hot Air Headlines.) You never know what you’ll encounter on your slow slide down the slippery slope, do you? From the Kinsey Report to the Pill to “no-fault” divorce to abortion to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” to pro-pedophile academia to women in combat to the 16-year-old sex-change — the general direction of the slide is clear, but the next milestone is always a surprise.

UPDATE: I linked this in my first post over at Hot Air’s Green Room, an interesting new group blog concept. BTW, while I was compiling the list of links below — recent milestones on the slippery slope — I was reminded of a preacher’s famous observation that maybe God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.

UPDATE II: Linked at Creative Minority Report. Obviously, the key to the Vermont legislature’s thinking involves the magic word “consensual,” which vanquishes all opposition.

UPDATE III: Two commenters at the Green Room are dug in like bulldogs, tenaciously defending Vermont’s what’s-a-little-porn-between-teens loophole. It’s weird. They’re on their side, I’m on my side, and nobody’s going to persuade anyone. So why do they persist? I’ve ceased trying to persuade them, and now they’re just attacking me. Sigh.

PREVIOUSLY:
4/3: Iowa gay ruling: Power to the elites!
3/31: Because insane is the new normal
3/16: 11-year-old girl self-porn
3/15: Ross Douthat, porn expert?
3/13: ‘Mamas, Don’t Let Your Daughters Grow Up to Be Downloads’
2/28: Hobo teen rape menace
2/11: The Hasidic pornography defense
2/10: Pre-teen transsexuals?
2/10: Sixteen-year-old sex change
1/20: Obama’s gay agenda
1/15: The ‘culture’ defense
1/13: Diversity is our strength!
1/11: ‘Science’ and teen sex
12/26: Perversity and popular culture
12/5: Planned Parenthood exposed
11/28: Her right to jailbait
11/14: Tolerance, social justice, kiddie porn
10/30: Planned Infanticide
10/14: Obama’s ‘sex rebel’ mentor
6/19: Incredible. Just incredible.
5/15: Jodie Foster’s gay divorce
5/14: Pre-teen pole dancers?
5/1: Pomocon does Miley Cyrus
4/19: ‘Underage sex cult’
3/20: Imported perverts

March 31, 2009

Because insane is the new normal

“Melissa Clouthier’s post about teen girls imitating computer porn reminded me of a suggestion by my friend Tito Perdue: Instead of registering sex offenders, law enforcement could save taxpayers money by just making a list of the normal people. It would be a much shorter list.”

March 16, 2009

11-Year-Old Girl Self-Porn

More proof that insanity is the new normal:

A Kentucky man is accused of persuading an 11-year-old Humble (Ky.) girl to send him nude photos of herself while the pair played video games online.
Anthony Scott O’Shea, 24, of Somerset, Ky., has been charged with promotion of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor and sexual performance of a child. He will soon be transferred to Houston, said Sgt. Gary Spurger of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. The girl sent the man photos over the course of several weeks as they played games online with their PlayStation 3 consoles in December, Spurger said.

Maybe the New York Times’ new porn expert needs to research this angle.

The news tip was sent to me by Frequent Commenter Smitty, just after I saw a Twitter from John Hawkins seeking evidence that “insanity is the new normal.” I told Hawkins to remember to quote Hunter S. Thompson: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” And then I noticed that Smitty had reminded me of a Saturday post, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Downloads,” which referenced Hawkins’ post on an 18-year-old girl who committed suicide after her ex-boyfriend made public the nude photos she had sent him.

So this is obviously the evidence Hawkins was looking for.

UPDATE: More evidence from Texas:

KELLER — A Keller man has been jailed on child pornography charges.
Federal agents say they found illegal material at Bryan Dickson’s home on Wednesday. The convicted sex offender told agents he had been viewing it online since 2006.
In 1988, Dickson was convicted in New Jersey of sexual assault of a child. But his name did not appear on any list of registered sex offenders.
Ever since he moved into his Keller home a year ago, neighbors say they had their suspicions about him. “We just kind of stayed away,” said one.
Their fears were confirmed on Wednesday when federal agents arrested the 46-year-old for child pornography. . . .
But what really angers parents is the 1988 child sex assault conviction in New Jersey. Yet the Keller man was not listed in the New Jersey or Texas sex offender registries.
That infuriates neighbors who had tried checking up on him. “When you talked to him, you got bad vibes,” one neighbor said. “We thought maybe it wouldn’t hurt to check; didn’t find anything; just thought we were being overly paranoid.”
In Texas, sex offenders who served their time before 1997 aren’t required to register, which may explain why Dickson lived next to a high school and was able to get jobs at family-friendly places like the Dallas Zoo and Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine.

Reassuring, isn’t it?

March 13, 2009

‘Mamas, Don’t Let Your Daughters Grow Up to Be Downloads’

Some very helpful advice for mothers and daughters from John Hawkins, telling the “sad, sad story” of Jesse Logan, who committed suicide at 18, after her high-school (ex-)boyfriend humiliated her by making public the nude photos of herself she had sent him.

Keep in mind that Hawkins is no prude. Every day, his Conservative Grapevine aggregrator features not only a selection of political news and commentary, but also a couple of links to cheesecake photos of lovely starlets in bikinis. This was the subject of a debate among conservative bloggers in which I framed the question, “Is Babe-Blogging a Sin?”

My conclusion was that it is not, and the joys of babe-blogging were enshrined as the popular Rule 5 of “How to Get a Million Hits on Your Blog.” However, if you disagree, please don’t click over to John’s site. (BTW, John, you’ve got a broken link on the Denise Richards bikini pics at CelebSlam.) Having been an artist since youth, my aesthetic enjoyment of beauty has at times been a snare and a stumbling block to me.

There is a line between flirty and trashy, between alluring and indecent. At times, I’m not very good at figuring out where that line is, but am deeply thankful that digital media didn’t exist in 1978, when I was 18 and — believe it or not — even less responsible than I am now.

(Thanks to Frequent Commenter Smitty, from whom I outrageously stole this one.)

February 25, 2009

Hobo crime menace news update

Another homeless man, another dead victim:

VANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Monday evening in connection with the stabbing death of a teenage girl.
Detectives arrested Darrin Eugene Sanford, 30, about 6:30 p.m. on suspicion he killed Alycia Nipp, 13, on her way home from Wal-Mart, said Sgt. Scott Schanaker, a Clark County sheriff’s spokesman.
Sanford is a registered sex offender convicted of approaching children in 1997 between the ages of 8 and 11 outside Harney Elementary in Vancouver and offering them money to come to his house for sex, according to public records. Sheriff’s deputies said he is a transient and has been seen at an abandoned house near where Nipp was slain. (Emphasis added.)

More from KOMO-TV:

A transient sex offender accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death told detectives he killed the teen after trying to sexually assault her, according to court documents released Tuesday.
Darrin Eugene Sanford, 30, faces an aggravated murder charge in the death of 13-year-old Alycia D. Nipp, a Thomas Jefferson Middle School student.
The girl was walking home with a friend Saturday when she decided to take a shortcut through an overgrown field alone and disappeared.
Her mother called 911 late that night, and her stepfather found her body in a wooded area of the field soon after.
Nipp had been stabbed multiple times and police believe her body was dragged to a wooded area and left there.

It’s more common than you think. As I exclusively reported in 2003, the homeless population — celebrated as “victims” by liberals — contains a disproportionate number of drug addicts, alcoholics, dangerous psychotics and violent criminals. What happened to Alycia Nipp has happened to many others. It’s time we wake up to who the real victims are.

UPDATE: Alycia’s school sent home a letter saying they were bringing in grief counselors. Hey, while you’re at it, how about teaching kids that the “homeless” aren’t harmless old rummies like the lovable vagabonds they see on TV, but are actually in many cases antisocial menaces? And how about some parents in Vancouver march on city hall to demand that police stop letting these dangerous criminals roam the streets at will?

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February 20, 2009

Hobo crime menace continues

Murderer, sexual predator, “victim of society”?

By age 15, he was living on his own. He began drinking. He dropped out of high school.
His early adulthood was characterized by a “sporadic employment history, transient lifestyle and accommodation patterns, substance abuse issues and failed short-term intimate relationships,” state the documents.
His first conviction resulted from a 1982 Edmonton break-in. During the next 16 years, he amassed more than two dozen other convictions across Canada . . .

And that was before the indecent exposure charge involving a nun . . . and it gets worse. Via notorious hobophobe, Kathy Shaidle.

February 18, 2009

Hobo teen rape menace

No one is safe from the “homeless” criminals:

Indianapolis – Police arrested a man wanted in connection with a robbery and attempted rape of a 17-year-old on January 4th. . . .
Police got a break when officers arrested [41-year-old hobo Louis] McCoin on a shoplifting charge. At that point they realized McCoin was wanted on the other charges.
McCoin faces charges of Criminal Deviate Conduct, A Felony, and Criminal Confinement, B Felony with a $100,000 bond. He was arrested on those charges and transported to the Arrestee Processing Center.

It’s more common than you think.

UPDATE: What did I tell you?

BERKELEY, CA — A homeless man who recently was released from state prison has been arrested on suspicion of peeping, prowling, burglary, sexual battery and a parole violation in connection with a prowling incident in Berkeley last Thursday night, police spokesman Andrew Frankel said today.
Frankel said 46-year-old James Beldin, who was released from state prison early this month, allegedly peered into a residence in the 2000 block of Parker Street on Thursday night.
Frankel said one of the alleged victims discovered a prowler who was using a ladder to peep into his girlfriend’s second floor apartment window.

Ever since the 1980s, when liberals seized on “homelessness” as a tactic to portray the Reagan administration as the second coming of Herbert Hoover, the media have been trying to brainwash Americans to believe that every bum and wino is an innocent victim of circumstance. It’s not true.

Many of those we call “homeless” are psychotics who have been set loose on the streets by the Carter-era policy of “deinstitutionalizing” the mentally ill. Others are recently-paroled criminals who are so anti-social — drug-addicted, violent or just plain obnoxious — that their own families won’t have anything to do with them.

Liberals who yammer on about the “root causes” of the problem completely miss the point that, whatever the cause of the problem in the past tense, the present-tense reality is that you’ve got crazies, dopeheads and felons wandering the streets, protected by the cloak of victimhood that liberals have draped around them. And when you call to their attention this reality — hobo sex offenders who threaten the safety of innocent citizens — you’re accused of “blaming the victim,” as if the dopehead criminal bum were more of a victim than his actual victims.

Homelessness is not a “poverty” problem. Poverty alone does not cause homelessness. If you want to understand why this is so, you should read Adam Shephard’s excellent new book, Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. Seeking to refute Barbara Ehrenreich’s thesis in Nickel and Dimed — that the poor were structurally prevented from escaping poverty by the inherent unfairness of capitalism — Shephard set out with $25 in his pocket, relocated to a town he’d never been to, moved into a homeless shelter, and took work as a day laborer. Within a matter of months, by hard work and thrift, he had saved up enough money to rent his own apartment, buy a used truck, and had thousands of dollars in the bank.

You should read that book, and also read Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, which explains exactly what’s wrong with the liberal mentality that conceives of drug-addicted sociopathic criminals as homeless “victims.”

UPDATE II: Linked by noted hobophobe Kathy Shaidle.

November 29, 2008

Her right to jailbait

How dare you deny her her rights?

A Queens teacher fired for bedding a 17-year-old male model is suing to win her job back, saying she had no idea her lover boy was enrolled in high school during their affair.
Gina Salamino, 37, contends her job as a tenured second-grade teacher at Public School 121 should have been spared because Joshua Walter was so busy catwalking he never attended a single class during the 2006-07 school year.
“They have no case,” Salamino angrily told the Daily News. “There is no improper relationship.”
Salamino maintains in Manhattan Supreme Court documents that it’s “complete fiction” and “ludicrous” for the Department of Education to insist the globetrotting runway star was a “student” when he hooked up with the teacher, who was then 34.

Exactly how is Ms. Salamino different from those idiots who end up caught on camera with Chris Hansen? I am unfamiliar with the New York Department of Education’s rules, but I’m reasonably sure that the taxpayers of New York would frown on any teacher dating a 17-year-old. The taxpayers be damned, of course, when it comes to a tenured teacher in the union-controlled public school system.

Be assured that if Ms. Salamino should win her suit, others will learn from her example. Hey, if all that’s preventing an affair between a teacher and a teenager is the teenager’s status as a student, then all the teenager needs to do is drop out of school, and it’s perfectly legal.

I am no prude, but this disturbing effort to blur the legal distinctions about underage sex — involving a professional educator, no less — is an entirely logical extension of the demand for unrestricted sexual freedom. Unless you’re willing to say “anything goes” without regard for the consequences, then at some point the line must be drawn, and the line ought to be clear enough that everyone knows where it is.

Two unrelated incidents earlier this year called to my attention how confused our society has become in this regard:

Fifteen-year-old Disney “Hannah Montana” franchise starlet Miley Cyrus poses in her panties, shows her bra, and now poses topless in Vanity Fair — and yet no legal action is threatened? Meanwhile, in Texas, the mere suspicion that teenagers are getting married causes a SWAT raid and state officials take 416 children away from their parents.
Maybe if the polygamous cult would make some Disney movies, they could get away with it. Otherwise, Texas officials might fear those fundamentalist kids are being deprived of an underwear-flashing, topless-posing normal adolescence like Miley’s.

Notice how the pop-culture sexualization of adolescents plays a role here, just as with the Miley Cyrus photos. Because this New York boy was modeling for Hugo Boss as a teenager, he is therefore legally “fair game,” according to Ms. Salamino and her lawyers. The popular culture is offering up teenagers as sex objects and, therefore, some people feel entitled to act on these cultural messages. And yet what is winked at when it involves a TV starlet or a fashion model is enough to land others in prison.

But who are we to judge? After all, didn’t the Supreme Court tell us that “individual decisions concerning the intimacies of physical relationships . . . are a form of ‘liberty’ protected by due process”? Ms. Salamino can ride her teenage lover like a pogo stick and that’s her constitutional right.

November 15, 2008

Tolerance, social justice, kiddie porn

Your basic progressive Democratic values:

A senior aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was fired from his post last week after he was charged with distributing and receiving child pornography.
Jeffrey P. Rosato, an aide to Boxer and a senior policy adviser on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, was arrested last Friday, the same day he was fired from Boxer’s office, and charged with one count each of receipt and distribution of child pornography. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance, but he is forbidden to have access to children or computers.
According to an FBI affidavit, an unnamed person “distributed more than 600 files containing graphic images and movies of child pornography to an undercover detective that [the person] believed was a 13-year-old boy” over the course of more than 15 online chats during a three-week period in January. In that person’s computer, the FBI found information suggesting the person had exchanged pornography with Rosato.
Investigators also found pornographic photos and movies of children on Rosato’s laptop computer during a Nov. 4 search of his Alexandria home, according to the affidavit. “Many of the images and videos depict prepubescent boys engaged in sexual acts,” it said.

The aide had previously worked for Sen. Bob Torricelli (D-N.J.). It’s nice that the FBI does sting operations to protect America’s kids from progressive Democrats. An aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell pleaded guilty on similar charges in February. Ace is inspired to a rant about why there is no media “trend” story about this.