Early in August 44-year-old Todd Kautz of Wichita, Kansas was sentenced to 176 months (close to 15 years) for online child solicitation. Kautz had placed an ad on craigslist soliciting teenage boys for sex. The ad was discovered by a civilian who took it upon himself to respond to the ad as a 13-year-old boy. After Kautz sent some lewd messages the man went to police with his discoveries. and the rest follows the natural progression of craigslist creepers including an arrest in a park. Kautz pleaded guilty to the charges.
What I’d really like to know is if the man who discovered the ad tried to flag it, you know, craigslist’s ‘community’ policing, before he went to the actual police.
As I’ve said before since the demise of MySpace, craigslist has become the go to site for child predators looking for victims.