Some details on the Backpage letter

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Backpage Says It’s Doing Enough, McKenna Still Pushing The Issue:

The other day I posted about the letter that Backpage’s attorney, Sam Fifer, sent to the Attorneys General. The contents of the letter were not immediately made public.

Now out of Washington state we’re beginning to hear about some of the contents of the letter. Here is what Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office said this was in the letter…

Backpage says “There is no gap between our mutual goal of eradicating the scourge of child trafficking as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Citing its use of “aggressive content moderation and programmatic content filtration” technology, the company reasserts its claim that there “there can be no question that Backpage.com does its best to provide a sage and legal environment for its customers and to be a responsible corporate citizen.”

That’s one of the biggest loads of horseshit I’ve ever read. There is a Grand Canyon sized gap between what the AGs want and what Village Voice Media is willing to do.

There is no sage and legal environment for prostitution and human trafficking and Village Voice Media and Backpage are far from being responsible corporate citizens.

The bottom line is and always has been that they are making money hand over fist on thinly veiled ads for prostitution. Some of the girls being prostituted are underage and I would hazard a guess that the overwhelming majority of them are being trafficked. It’s blood money pure and simple. Village Voice Media would have to be extremely stupid not to realize this but they’re not stupid, just greedy. And also lacking any basic human kindness.

We get letters: The 12-year-old wanted it

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. It’s all Facebook these days. No one wants to go to an actual website anymore, but I digress.

I received an e-mail in regards to one Ian Andrew Kugler of Norristown, Pennsylvania. He pleaded guilty to molesting a 12-year-old girl that he met on the goth social site VampireFreaks. The e-mail came from a female whose name I will withhold…

okay sir no disrespect intended but ur dumb… did you not read the story THEY BOTH AGREED TO SEE EACHOTHER he didnt creep on her, she wanted him… she could have said no but did she? NO! he doesn’t even deserve 10 years! iv known him my whole life..! the only reason he got arrested was probably because she came home late one night and would have gotten in trouble UNLESS she played the “i got raped” card… then she claims she has medical issues because of it? yeah uhmm like i said before SHE WANTED IT SHE AGREED TO IT…. he plays a big part in my life and id greatly appreciate you taking this story down!

You sound young or extremely naive. Since it’s a child molester we’re discussing I’m going to assume young.

Listen young lady, by every law across this country a 12-year-old girl can not legally consent to have sex. It doesn’t matter if she wanted it or not. What Kugler did was not only against the law but an affront to humanity. He was 27-years-old. No 27-year-old ever has the right to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. That is called child rape.

You have a lot of growing up to do and you’d be better off not surrounding yourself with sexual predators like Kugler.

This day in Trench history

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It was 14 years ago this very day that I vomited forth a mess of HTML that would become my very first website giving birth to the identity that was first called TheTrenchcoat. That online identity would eventually pave the way to the pseudonym I use today of Trench Reynolds.

While I may not have gotten rich from doing this I am still amazed at some of the experiences I’ve had doing this. From the Washington Post incorrectly attributing me to something I had nothing to do with, appearing on National TV, striking up an online friendship with a New York Times best-selling author, and getting to speak with a true victim of human trafficking who got out are just some of the highlights.

Most importantly is not only the friends I have made over the years through my writing but my incredible readers. I’ve moved and merged websites and changed URLs so many times I’ve lost count yet you guys are always here. If it wasn’t for the readers I would have stopped doing this a long time ago.

Here’s hoping we keep seeing each other for at least another 14 years.

Guy with melting face drugged and raped teen he met online

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Cathedral City man arrested in missing teen, sex assault case:

Two-Face up there is 44-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Sackman of Cathedral City, California. He’s accused of holding a 15-year-old captive in his home, keeping her drugged and repeatedly raping her.

Police say that two years ago Sackman posed as a 17-year-old named Giovanni Antonio Corsentino when he first met the victim on MySpace and Facebook. Recently the girl ran away from Buena Park, California and reached out to who she thought was her friend. That’s a 2 hour drive by the way and knowing Southern California traffic it’s probably more like 4.

Sackman bought her a bus ticket with the promise of helping her get to Arizona to see her brother. As an aside it’s always the bus with these scumbags. It seems that the bus is the transportation of choice for sexual predators.

Instead of going to Arizona Sackman allegedly kept her captive in his home, kept her doped up on meth and repeatedly raped the girl. The girl’s mom was able to track down her daughter to Cathedral City and police found the girl being hidden in Sackman’s home.

The scariest part is that Sackman is not a registered sex offender and has no criminal record. That makes me wonder if this is only the first time he’s been caught. Predator scum like this are usually working more than one victim at a time. And Sackman lived in a family friendly neighborhood which shows that these monsters can live anywhere.

Police do believe that there may be other victims.

Investigators asked anyone with information to call Detective Rick Sanchez at (760) 770-0381.

UPDATE 9/27/2011: First thanks to whoever posted the link to this story at the OC Register.

Check out the laundry list of charges that have been brought against Sackman…

He has been charged with 14 felony counts, including oral copulation with a minor under the age of 16, rape of a drugged victim, sexual intercourse with a person under 16, sexual penetration with a foreign object, rape and committing a lewd act with a child under 16, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside District Attorney’s Office.

He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography and one count of resisting a peace officer.

Police are saying that he also had another victim who he had dome something similar to you a few years ago.

Since he can’t get the death penalty, which he deserves, I hope he ends up getting one of those 100+ year sentences and not some slap on the wrist that sees him getting out in a few years.

Mass. craigslist rapist convicted

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Craigslist Rapist Found Guilty:

When it comes to violent criminals there is one list that’s longer than that of the ‘craigslist killers’. That would be craigslist rapists.

In 2009 Reinaldo Prado of Framingham, Mass. was arrested for raping and robbing prostitutes that advertised their services on craigslist. His crimes took place three months before anyone even knew who Philip Markoff was.

When arrested he was in possession of stolen cell phones, knives and zip ties. He raped and robbed these women in a matter of days.

Today he was convicted of rape and robbery and will be sentenced in October.

With the removal of the adult/erotic services section from craigslist the rapes that have occurred through their site have not ceased. Now they just occur through the casual encounters and personals sections.

As I’ve said many times before craigslist is far from having cleaned up its act.

UPDATE 10/13/11: Prado only got 9-12 years. Another joke sentence for a serial sexual predator.

Convicted SD sex offender indicted for craigslist solicitation

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What a creepy Blue Dog may look like.

Registered sex offender indicted for solicitation:

31-year old William Craig Bluedog of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a convicted sex offender. His previous crime was the aggravated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy. That didn’t keep him from allegedly soliciting a 15-year-old boy through craigslist.

Police say that Bluedog placed an ad on craigslist looking for a “young boy to come over and dance for a 29-year-old male”. Bluedog is said to have communicated with a 15-year-old boy for a month through e-mails. Obviously, pedophiles are very dedicated to getting what they need. When I was single if a girl bored me after 15 minutes I moved on but I digress. He even went as far to ask the boy to sneak out of his house.

The boy turned out to be a police detective and when they went to arrest Bluedog he crashed into a squad car before fleeing. Police did not pursue but caught up him later.

This past week Bluedog was indicted on charges of child solicitation and eluding authorities.

This story shows us a few things. The first is that child molesters can’t be rehabilitated and should be kept out of society. Secondly, it shows what kind of creeps are trolling the personals and casual encounters sections of craigslist. Lastly that craigslist obviously doesn’t give a damn what happens to the people who are victimized through these sections.

With the removal of the adult/erotic service section, these sections must be the main traffic driving source if their site. A classifieds site should tout itself on its safety not how many pedophiles and rapists it has.

Backpage's lawyer issues statement but not to everybody

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Attorneys general put Backpage front and center:

This time last week I had said that Backpage had yet to respond to the States’ Attorneys General deadline of September 14th to address their human trafficking and child exploitation issues. They finally responded this past Friday which was the 23rd. Only 9 days late. Kind of shows Backpage’s commitment, or lack thereof, to the issues.

Anyway this past Friday Backpage’s attorney, Sam Fifer of Chicago, sent a letter to the The National Association of Attorneys General and said that Backpage…

…”looks forward to working with the attorneys general and law enforcement at all levels to prevent misuse of the Backpage site.”

Right. The thing is we don’t know yet on how Backpage plans on doing that because Fifer’s letter was not made public.

Lack of transparency automatically throws up an air of suspicion. Hopefully the AGs will be more forthcoming with details than Village Voice Media is.

Did a plotter's mom destroy evidence

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Daylong hearing reveals details on Lakeshore High shooting plans:

It seems that the so-called Zero Day plot against Lakeshore High in Louisiana wasn’t that close to coming to fruition. The only weapons police seized were BB guns. The trio was allegedly going to steal a cache of weapons they say existed but it’s unknown how secure the weapons were. At this point I would lose interest in this story but something interesting occurred that grabbed my attention.

According to police the mother of Todd Singleton not only deleted the Zero Day Facebook page but also destroyed her son’s computer before police could seize it as evidence.

That’s worse than ‘Not My Kid Syndrome’. That’s being complicit in a crime. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if the Tammany Parish prosecutors have the stones to bring evidence tampering charges against her.

Bond reduced for Lakeshore plotters

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Judge lowers bond for Lakeshore High shooting plot suspects:

First the bad news. The bond for the teens who are accused of plotting an attack against Lakeshore High School in Louisiana has been lowered from $500K each to $100K each. That’s still a pretty big chunk of change so I don’t expect the alleged ‘Zero Day’ plotters to be out anytime soon.

The good news is that the acting judge presiding over the case ruled that the statements made to police by the suspects have been ruled admissible.

Not surprisingly the day they were arrested was not the first time school resource officers had to deal with them. Daniel Antoine Hopkins allegedly told them that the Facebook page for Zero Day was just about video games. It wasn’t until his text messages were read that police determined that it could be an actual plot.

I still haven’t heard if any weapons had been found.

Juggalos convicted in murder of former soldier

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Men Found Guilty of Monroe County Murder:

Jury convicts pair of 1st degree murder in deadly stabbing:

Two found guilty of murder in Monroe County:

21-year-old Michael Goucher of Stroudsburg, PA served in the military, volunteered in his community, and strived to become a police officer. In 2009 his life was cut short by a pair of worthless Juggalos.

This week 21-year-old Shawn Freemore, aka Skippy Critter, and 19-year-old Ian Seagraves, aka ThrOwT Stabba, were convicted in Goucher’s murder.

The pair had stabbed Goucher over 50 times with a knife and the standard Juggalo weapon of choice, a meat cleaver. Goucher was gay and Freemore lured him to his death by posing as someone romantically attracted to Goucher. Freemore tried to claim self-defense but since when do you need a buddy to help you stab someone over 50 times? Unless the guy was Jason Voorhees that defense is not going to fly. The pair even wrote a rap song about the murder.

Seagraves was 17 at the time of murder and was charged as an adult.

Both are looking at mandatory life sentences. No word on a sentencing date yet.

Do Juggalos actually contribute anything to society except helping to keep prisons filled and putting money into the pockets of their local weed dealers and ICP?