Now that the bullets have stopped flying for now I can catch up on the usual spate of craigslist creepers.
Late last December Will County Sheriffs in Illinois arrested 48-year-old Eric B. Wolf of Matteson, Ill. on charges of child solicitation. Wolf allegedly placed an ad on craigslist seeking “a sweet attentive babygirl for some ongoing fun.” In craigslist-speak that means he was looking for an underage girl that he could repeatedly rape.
Wolf did receive a response from a 14-year-old girl and arranged to meet the girl at a fast food restaurant. Fast food places seem to be the go to meeting places for these scumbags. I may never look at my local golden arches the same way again. Anyway when Wolf arrived at the meeting instead of being met by a potential rape victim he was met by the Will County Sheriff’s Department and promptly arrested.
Police say that in his car they found condoms and a webcam. So not only was he looking to rape a child it seems like he was planning on either recording it or streaming it as well.
Still no legislator and no advocacy group is calling on craigslist to do anything about this. Ever since they closed down the erotic services section it seems like they’ve been given a free pass. I don’t mind being the lone man in the woods shouting to the wind because sometimes, especially in this case, the lone man is right.
Sheriffs in Will County, Illinois arrested 25-year-old Brandon J. Bergthold for allegedly seeking children for sex on craigslist. Investigators say that Bergthold posted an ad on craigslist looking for “fathers willing to share their daughters.” I would imagine that this would have been in the casual encounters section.
Luckily the person that responded to his ad was an undercover investigator with the Cook County Sheriff’s Child Exploitation Unit. If you’ll remember correctly the Cook County Sheriff’s Department is no fan of craigslist. Anyway the investigator set up a meeting with Bergthold posing as a father willing to give his 6-year-old daughter to Bergthold so he could have sex (child rape) with the girl. Investigators say that he pursued this meeting aggressively. He was also hoping to have sex with the imaginary girl’s imaginary 11-year-old cousin.
Bergthold allegedly told police he was also addicted to child porn so more charges may be coming.
As I’ve said before if one man is arrested for trying to get a parent to prostitute their child out to any pedophile then there are probably more people on craigslist who are getting away with it. But still craigslist refuses to monitor their site and still relies on ‘community policing’. When your community consists of pedophiles and predators don’t expect a lot of policing to occur.
UPDATE 6/19/2012:Bergthold was sentenced to only 10 years. Plenty of time for him, to reoffend when he gets out. He’ll just be a little behind on the pedos’ technological curve when he gets but like most predators it won’t take him long to learn.