Va. man nabbed in Craigslist sex sting; drawn in by fake ad:
Claude Philip Diehl Jr., of Hollywood, Virginia was arrested for allegedly trying to trade beer and cash for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Diehl allegedly responded to an ad on craigslist that read in part “Leftover Halloween candy? “Anyone have candy to donate to ‘girl’ so she’s not sad anymore?” The ad was in the casual encounters section. You know, one of the many un-moderated sections of craigslist.
Diehl allegedly worked for a beer distributor and promised the father who was pimping out his daughter $40 and 5 cases of beer. He showed up for the tryst with the beer and the cash, condoms and a Miley Cyrus CD. Luckily when the beer was placed in the father’s truck it turns out the father was part of the Leesburg, Virginia police force and promptly arrested Diehl.
Luckily this was all a sting operation and there was no 13-year-old girl however it shows a couple of things. First, while this ad was a fake it shows that there are people out there whoring out their kids on craigslist. The second thing is that if craigslist’s user policing works as well as they claim this ad should have never seen the light of day. And Lastly Jim Buckmaster can’t claim that this has happened in newspaper advertisements. I don’t think any self respecting newspaper would have ever run an ad like that.
I am dying of curiosity to know what kind of beer it was.
This is not a repeat…
Two jailed for YouTube song threat:
Two alleged rappers from the UK, Ishmael McLean, 22, and Rowan Simon, 18, were found guilty of trying to pervert the course of justice by posting a rap video on YouTube threatening the witnesses of a murder. In US terms they were found guilty of witness intimidation.
The rap entitled “Wrong Team” threatened bthe witnesses of the murder of 24-year-old Jason Johnson last year.
They claimed it was just a rap but thankfully the courts didn’t buy it.
McLean was jailed for five years on Friday, including a year for having three bullets hidden in a shoebox, while Simon was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years.
I’m pretty sure that in the UK it works the same as the US that threats are not a protected form of speech.
German father charged over son’s shooting spree:
The father of Albertville-Realschule gunman Tim Kretschmer, Joerg Kretschmer, has officially been charged with 15 counts of negligent manslaughter.
If you’ll recall Tim Kretschmer used his father’s legal gun to commit the massacre at the Winniden, Germany school before escaping the school and killing more before he took the coward’s way out.
German prosecutors say the Kretschmer the elder negligently stored his his guns and ammo.
And yet the negligent parents of the Columbine shooters are still free.
Recently it was revealed that Kretschmer Sr. took his son to buy ammo days before the massacre.
He’s looking at ten years if convicted.
Tea couple accused of sex trafficking involving underage girls:
Brandon Quincy Thompson, 26, and his girlfriend Megan Marie Hayes, 30, of Tea, South Dakota have been federally charged with pimping out underage girls on backpage. Thompson and Hayes are both looking at life sentences.
For once a media outlet is finally calling backpage to task and backpage is acting familiar…
We contacted the BackPage Web site by email as to why such ads were being allowed on the site since they appeared to violate the terms of agreement. We have received no answer from the company.
It sounds like Village Voice Media is taking a page out of the book of craigslist.
Man faces stalking charge after meeting woman through Craigslist:
Yet another cautionary tale of what lurks on craigslist.
Police in Austin, Texas say 24-year-old John Bateman was stalking a woman he met through craigslist. He did the usual stalking stuff of threatening e-mails and text messages but the he stepped it up a notch.
He allegedly called her and threatened to burn down her house and rape her teenage daughter.
In my opinion this is typical of the dregs of society that go through the personals and casual encounter sections of craigslist.
Man imprisoned in MySpace sex case:
You know, if he had stuck to an 18 year minimum he wouldn’t be in this kind of trouble.
Anyway I originally posted about Spencer Osler-White here. He’s the scumbag from Bellevue, Nebraska who had sexual contact with over a dozen underage girls some of which he met through MySpace.
He pleaded no contest to the charges against him and was sentenced to 36 to 66 years behind bars. Finally a decent sentence for sex offenders. However under Nebraska state law he can get out after 18 years. Then again 18 years for a child molester on the inside might be enough.
Parents Worry About Their Kids’ Safety on the Internet:
Check out this quote from US News and World Report about parenting and social networking sites…
More than four in five parents say their children use the Internet without adult supervision, but at the same time almost two-thirds are worried about online predators, a new survey has found.
Here’s an idea, if you’re that worried about your kids encountering online predators how about KEEPING A FREAKIN’ EYE ON THEM. Do not let them be without supervision while on the net. Do not let them keep a computer in their room. And for the love of all that is just and good do not let them have a webcam.
It’s not that hard people.
YouTube rappers charged with threatening police, New Bedford probation officer:
Police in New Bedford, Mass. arrested 24-year-old Matthew Rufino and 28-year-old Jason Foley for posting their rap on YouTube that threatened local police and a probation officer which I’m going to assume was one of theirs.
The four-minute video was posted to YouTube on Nov. 1 and has been watched about 2,000 times. Called “WATCH 4 ME,” it includes members of the rap group bragging about making America’s Most Wanted, images of smashed police cars, warnings of violence against police and derogatory statements made about police. Background noises include sirens and gunshots.
Cry free speech all you want but public threats aren’t a protected form of speech.
12 arrested in assault on girl over Web post:
12 woman and girls ranging in ages from 13 to 22 were all arrested for beating another girl on a Minneapolis bust for something that the victim posted on MySpace they obviously did not agree with.
And our society falls further and further into Jerry Springerdom.
Edmonton unlicensed escorts fined almost $134,000:
The city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada fined several unlicensed escorts and agencies a total of $134K Canadian. Not enough to make a serious dent if you ask me. However this article allows me to bring up two points.
The first is that the escorts were mostly found on craigslist and eBay owned Kijiji. Now craigslist is deserving for the scorn and criticism that is heaped upon them for their contribution to the prostitution problem but why has eBay and Village Voice Media, who own backpage, have largely come out of this unscathed?
My second point is this quote from Edmonton Detetctive Chuck Prince…
Prince explained that it’s important to regulate the industry, because if it gets out of control organized crime steps in. That, in turn, can result in turf wars and chaos, as happened years ago when the exotic dancing industry fell into criminal hands and a building was blown up.
Which would result in more unvictims.