At the end of this post is a re-post of a post on Lenore Skenazy’s blog; FreeRangeKids.com
Lenore was the keynote speaker at this year’s RSOL National Convention and I’ve been following her since. Not only are her posts entertaining, but I’m so appreciative that an outsider (someone NOT on the registry or with a family member who is) can observe what’s going on and provide an objective account of how ridiculous things have become.
Being active in FAC, I’ve received dozens of requests for assistance from people who have been charged in these “stings”.
I recall the first time I heard about this. The person told me he was on an adult chat room, was having an “adult” conversation with someone he believed was of age and then was arrested when the person pretending to be an adult interested in sex pretended to be a minor interested in sex but was actually an undercover police officer. Conversations from before the “switch” were used against him as if he’d been saying these things to someone he thought was a minor.
I vividly recall hearing this story and thinking, ‘yeah right! this guy is totally full of shit.’
When I heard someone else tell me something similar, I thought, ‘sure, that’s what they all say!’
But then I started hearing the same things over and over and I realized there must be something more to these claims than everyone being so delusional in thinking they are innocent.
The facts are consistent; either it’s a bait and switch, where people are seeking adult partners and, after sometimes weeks of conversation, the fictitious “adult” is switched for a fictitious “child” or fantasy roll play (ie: … I’m a dominatrix… I’m a French maid… I’m a naughty schoolgirl…), but in so many cases it’s someone with absolutely no interest in the conduct they are accused of, being entrapped and then forced to accept a plea under the threat of decades in prison. As a “registered sex offender” their stories have no credibility and they are often too ashamed to speak out.
One man, Trey Gennette, after being entrapped in one of these stings, made it his one man mission to expose these scams/stings and we are grateful that he has. Trey had the courage to stand up despite the humiliation and facing the threat of long-term incarceration. As a result he was acquitted. His advocacy did not stop there and he continues to fight to put an end to the Florida Scam-Stings and expose the perpetrators who sacrifice the lives of others in order to advance their careers. As a member of the Military, Mr. Gennette fought those trying to destroy our country from overseas. Today, he’s fighting those who are trying to destroy our country from within.
My hope is that now that this scam has come to light, more will step forward and those accountable will be brought to justice.
Here’s the story…
(I have removed the video because it automatically starts playing anytime you go to my blog.)
It details how men who go online to adult chat rooms and begin chats with people who say they are of legal age, then get entrapped as “sex offenders,” when the date bait “reveals” that she is actually underage. (I think that the date bait is, ironically, actually OF legal age, PRETENDING to be under age, “to catch a predator.”) The whole operation is so convoluted, creepy and calculated that it doesn’t seem to bear any relation to the stated intent of these stings, which is to protect the children who accidentally wander into these chat rooms and have no idea what they are stumbling into.
The “kids wandering into adult chat rooms and accidentally having sexual conversations with grownups” seems like it would be a very tiny group of people — if any. That’s a point this TV report addresses. After painstakingly crunching the numbers, it also reveals that the majority of men talking to these “teen girls” are young men themselves, who are naturally going to be interested in a partner they think is about their same age. Watch the piece and then try to remember some of the details when people tell you: “I can’t let my children play outside. There are PREDATORS in the area.”
Who are the real predators in this story? – L.
P.S. Here is a note I got from a mom earlier this week:
My son is currently facing charges for Internet luring he went into an adult website where the age was to be 18 he started talking back and forth with a profile seating she was 20 after a few texts back and forth he felt there was a connection and began conversations with her then at some point she stated that she was only about to turn 15 yes he should have stopped communication then, but a few more texts went and the charges came. He was not in any kind of chat room for kids gaming rooms or anything just trying to meet someone his own age which turned out to be a cop in and adult place.