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ND man facing 20 years for sex trafficking and Trench thinks that’s too much

Chad Lee Lindley

Human trafficking charge filed against Fargo man accused of hiring prostitutes on Craigslist:

40-year-old Chad Lee Lindley of Fargo, North Dakota is looking at a 20 year stretch in prison on human trafficking charges. Police say that he was an aspiring pimp advertising for new recruits on craigslist…

“I do have job openings that will provide the fun, provide the case, and provide the lifestyle that you’ll love,”

“Gorgeous young women between the ages of 18 to 40 years old ready to make up to $10,000 or more a week,”

“Must be experienced or know what this job is, professional, seductive, passionate and most of all sexy.”

Now you should know by now that I want to eliminate all forms of human trafficking especially those that are proliferating on craigslist and backpage however 20 years for this schmo is too extreme. Granted he’s a wanna be pimp assbag but as far as I could tell he never actually had any women working for him.

The problem is he’s being made an example. In 2009 North Dakota passed a law that specifically targeted human trafficking. This is the first time it’s being used in the Fargo area. While I most certainly agree that examples should me made out of traffickers this guy isn’t who you want as the poster boy for enforcing trafficking laws. You want the guy who has actually trafficked women and children and sold and traded them as sex slaves. You want the guy who has used violence and intimidation to keep their victims in line. This guy is just Henry Winkler in Night Shift.

Don’t get me wrong, the guy should be charged but any talk of 20 years when traffickers much more deadly than him get less than half of that is laughable.

UPDATE 9/3/2013: Lindley was sentenced to three years. I can live with that.

Sex toy wearing perv charged as Backpage child pimp

James Perdue

Sheriff: Palm Harbor man helped underage girls advertise sexual services on website:

Pinellas Sheriff: Man helped teen prostitutes offer ’2-for-1′:

In Pinellas County, Florida sheriffs have arrested 61-year-old James Perdue and charged him with allegedly prostituting underage girls on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. Perdue claims that he just helped the two runaway minors post their ad on backpage. The ad was for a 2 for one special for $150.

Police say that Perdue also drove the girls to their meetings with johns but derived no money from the girls. He said he only enjoyed their company.

I’m kind of afraid to know what he means by company considering Perdue’s previous arrests. In one instance he was caught with a 16-year-old girl in a motel room while in his boxers claiming the girl was his daughter. In 2007 he was caught with a 14 or 15-year-old girl in his car while, and here’s where it gets super creepy, he had strapped onto his body a simulated genitalia of a male that was very large. That’s right kids. He was allegedly wearing a strap-on while riding around with a teenage girl. I feel like need to bathe in Drano and scrub with a Brillo pad.

Police feel he may have many more victims.

If you have any information about this case call the Pinellas Crimes Against Children Unit at (727)582-6200. If you want to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

You know I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not actually a pimp. I mean he doesn’t show the typical pimp behavior. However I would lay odds that he’s a certified creeper since he seems to hang out with an awful lot of underage girls.

Surprisingly Village Voice Media had no comment. I wonder what Liz McDougall would have said if she was reached for comment on this story. Probably something to the effect of “When police are able to arrest a strap-on wearing pedophile, I think that is a really good thing.”

Who watches the watchmen?: MyYearbook edition

David Lowe

Gwinnett Police Officer Arrested:

Like I said recently about our nation’s military I have the utmost respect for the men and women in law enforcement in our country. They really do have a thankless task. However I will post about a dirty cop when the occasion sadly arises. Now one doesn’t have to be ‘on the take’ to be dirty, one can be a sexual predator as well.

For example take 26-year-old Gwinnett, Georgia rookie cop David Lowe. He was recently arrested by his own department for allegedly sharing sexually explicit videos with minors on MyYearbook. The impression that I got from the articles on Lowe he allegedly created a MyYearbook profile posing as a teen. Supposedly MyYearbook limits what age group you can communicate with. If you were to list your age on your profile as 26 then you wouldn’t be able to chat with minors through the site. However as I’ve documented many times in the past that doesn’t mean that predators can’t lie about their age in their profiles.

Surprisingly Lowe is set to be terminated by the Gwinnett Police Department if he hasn’t been already. That’s refreshing since I’ve posted too many stories of bad cops who get suspended with pay.

UPDATE 5/29/2012: Lowe is out on bail.

Dom Dad for boi

Richard Kaiser

Sachse Man Accused Of Seeking Underage Sex On Craigslist:

Police arrest man suspected of soliciting young boy on Craigslist:

Police in Austin, Texas arrested 39-year-old Richard Raymond Kaiser of Sachse, Texas for allegedly trying to solicit minors for sex on craigslist.

Police say that Kaiser placed an ad entitled “Dom Dad for boi” and that he was in the Austin area for a home school field trip. That makes me shudder to think that there might be children under his frequent supervision. Investigators posed as a 13-year-old boy in responding to his ad and arrested Kaiser when he showed up to the meeting place.

More than likely Kaiser’s ad was either in the personals or casual encounters section which once again I say are in desperate need of moderation. If a site like Facebook can moderate for content I don’t see why craigslist can’t.

Florida Marine recruiter charged with being a craigslist creeper

David Reinoso Rodriguez

Marine recruiter arrested in Craigslist sex sting:

It wasn’t my intention to post this story on Memorial Day but here we are. I have much respect for the men and women in the armed forces unless they turn out to be scumbags like this guy.

Anyway police in Mount Dora, Florida arrested 26-year-old David Reinoso Rodriguez of Kissimmee for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex through craigslist. Rodriguez is a Marine recruiter who did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Police had placed an ad on craigslist posing as a step-mother and her 14-year-old step-daughter looking for sex. They say that Rodriguez responded to the ad looking to have sex with the fictitious pair. Police were waiting for them at the meeting point instead.

I get the impression from the article that Rodriguez is claiming some kind of entrapment. The best part is what else he’s supposedly claiming in his defense. According to the article Rodriguez thought that it would be ok to have sex with the 14-year-old since there was parental consent. In my 12 years of blogging I can honestly say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that used as an excuse. I’ll give him points for creativity or stupidity, take your pick.

By the way he’s out on bail so sleep tight Orlando area parents.

And once again while mot media outlets continue to give craigslist a pass since they shut down the erotic services section it is far from being cleaned up as it is now the go to place for sexual predators.

From the mouth of Liz McDougall II

Liz McDougall

Officials pin sex busts on Backpage:

Basically this is an article from the Boston Herald about how various officials in Massachusetts are appalled by how so many women and children are being trafficked on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com. Your usual banter from politicians however what I want to talk about is what Village Voice Media legal weasel Liz McDougall had to say about this.

“Backpage is working diligently to rid its site of human trafficking,” McDougall said. “Although Backpage is a for-profit business, it does not want to make a single penny off of this abhorrent activity.”

She is either a liar or a blind fool. Not only does backpage make ‘pennies’ off of the sex trafficking by most reports they made two billion seven-hundred million pennies off of their prostitution ads in a year.

If Backpage and Village Voice Media really find human trafficking that abhorrent then they would shut down the adult section. It’s that simple.

Trench reviews Linux Mint 13 and Zorin OS 6 Core RC

Recently my two favorite Linux distros had major releases. Linux Mint released Linux Mint 13 and Zorin OS released a release candidate of Zorin OS Core 6. Both are based on Ubuntu 12.04. Again I refuse to use the stupid animal names that Ubuntu gives their releases.

If you were one of the people, like me, who gave up on Linux Mint 12 because of the controversial Gnome 3 desktop have no fear. Linux Mint 13 comes with the MATE desktop by default. For those of you who may not know MATE is a fork of Gnome 2. I wasn’t a big fan of MATE when it first came out but it has matured since the release of Mint 12 and now, in my opinion, it is a fully functioning desktop. Not only that but I think it also restores Mint to its former glory. Mint 13 also has a Cinnamon desktop version of 13 but Cinnamon is just Gnome 3 lite. Linux Mint 13 get’s the Trench Reynolds seal of approval. *bark bark*

Now to me Zorin OS 5 Core is the pinnacle of not only Linux distros but OSes in general. So I was more than a little hesitant when Zorin said this in the release statement of OS 6 Core RC…

Zorin Desktop embraces all of the latest and greatest of Open Source software and technologies such as Gtk3 and other software from the GNOME 3 software stack.

After installing OS 6 Core RC I was a little disappointed. This wasn’t the perfect distro I had come to know and love. Instead of the awesome desktop panel that Zorin used in 5 they had a dock instead. While customizable it wasn’t customizable to the degree I wish it would be. That’s not to say it’s a bad distro. Zorin’s main goal is to convert Windows 7 users by giving them a Windows 7 experience in Linux. I actually think with this new dock it succeeds more in that vein than it did in OS 5. However the dock and the Gnome 3 back-end just weren’t for me.

Zorin OS Core 5 still reigns supreme in my heart and on my main computer.

Feds bust major backpage human trafficking ring

Feds: Sex trafficking ring used Backpage.com ads:

Recently the feds handed down a 50 page indictment against one 27-year-old Johnelle L. Bell of New Jersey for allegedly running a nationwide prostitution and human trafficking ring on the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com.

The ring was based out of Little Rock, Arkansas but trafficked women and girls as young as 17 in at least a dozen states from November of 2009 to June of 2011.

Bell is said to have used the typical cowardly pimp tactics. The girls thought they were in a relationship with Bell before he turned them out on Backpage. He violently assaulted the girls including chokings, beatings and whippings with a belt. There was also the threats of violence against their families. He even had one girl tattooed with his street name of ‘Victorious P’.

Also charged in this ring was 21-year-old Brittany Lawson. While Bell and Lawson were advertising the girls on Backpage Lawson was checking out other women on Backpage that they thought they could ‘recruit’. So in essence Backpage is the new slave trade market.

Of course in such a headline grabbing bust Backpage’s head legal weasel Liz McDougall had something to say of little to no value…

Liz McDougall, general counsel at Village Voice Media, said she was still reading through the indictment Thursday. Generally, she said, “When the feds are able to indict a pimp or a trafficker, I think that is a really good thing.”

No shit? How about commenting on how Backpage facilitated in the trafficking and beatings of these girls? How about commenting on where the money goes from the ads that Bell took out goes? Anything? No. Instead you blather about how it’s a good thing that a pimp was indicted like a mindless drone who had been fed her lines. Tell me Ms. McDougall, is someone at Village Voice Media beating you and threatening your family? If not you’re sure acting like it.

UPDATE 6/7/2012: Johnelle Bell has had his bail denied.

UPDATE 10/14/2012: Lawson has pleaded guilty.

UPDATE 12/2/2012: Bell has been convicted.

UPDATE 7/22/2013: Bell was sentenced to 30 years.

Six Degrees of Dio: Flotsam and Jetsam

I remember when I bought my first Flotsam and Jetsam album. At the time I was a huge fan of Metallica. This was before they became insufferable douchenozzles. Jason Newsted was playing bass for Metallica at the time and prior to that I knew he was in a band called Flotsam and Jetsam.

I was on a lunch break from work and went into my local Jamesway department store looking for some new music to listen to. I saw a cassette tape of the Flotsam and Jetsam album Cuatro. I bought it and listened to it all the way through. Then listened to it again and again and again. Cuatro became one of those albums that I not only bought in multiple formats but it became one of those albums that I played so much I got sick of listening to it. That’s a compliment by the way. After listening to Cuatro I thought to myself if Queensryche and Metallica had a baby it would be Flotsam and Jetsam. Again this is a compliment as they were two of my favorite bands at the time. An even bigger compliment because while Queensryche and most certainly Metallica have lost a lot of luster since their heydays Flotsam and Jetsam has continued to improve their thrash metal craft. Without hyperbole I say they are the best and most underrated thrash band of all time.

As I mentioned before Jason Newsted played for Flotsam and Jetsam and also played in Ozzy Osbourne’s band which also once again takes to Black Sabbath and then to Dio.

I’m still a fan of Newsted. I think he’s an awesome bass player however I thought Flotsam and Jetsam was better without him.

Here is Flotsam and Jetsam with my favorite song off of Cuatro (Ain’t Nothing Gonna) Save This World…

But we’re not done yet. I have a challenge for you dear readers. I found a band that I couldn’t connect to Dio. Actually I just got bored doing the research. So I put it to you dear reader. Can you connect Ronnie James Dio to Faith No More? Don’t disappoint me folks.

Chardon gunman to be tried as an adult

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane to be tried as adult in Chardon High School shootings:

This past Thursday Chardon High School gunman T.J. Lane was ordered to be tried as an adult for the school shooting murders of Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr., and Daniel Parmertor. This means that if convicted the 17-year-old is looking at life behind bars without the possibility of parole. That was pretty much to be expected and I’m pleased as one could be in a situation like this that it happened. However I want to discuss a few other things that happened during the proceedings.

The first is the testimony of arresting officer Deputy Jon Bilicic.

Bilicic testified that he found Lane wearing a shirt with the word “Killer” on it. A gun and a knife were found nearby. He read Lane his rights and began speaking with him as he drove to the sheriff’s office.

The officer asked whether anyone had upset him or picked on him. Lane said neither of those was the case, either.

So when someone from the Kid Criminal Crowd tries to say that he shouldn’t be tried as an adult

And what would one of these hearings be without a criminal defense attorney making laughable claims…

DeVan argued that Lane should be released on a $500,000 bond, secured through the property of his family. He said Lane could begin to receive the treatment he needs and remain on house arrest and electronic monitoring.

Really? ‘Treatment’ and house arrest for a triple murderer? Does the defense want the court to fluff his pillows and bring him some lemonade too? The only treatment this loser needs is a bullet behind the ear. Since that’s not possible he can serve house arrest for the rest of his life in his new house of a 6′x 6′ prison cell.