24-year-old Jonathen Howerton, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, was arrested late last month for allegedly trying to meet a minor for sex over the mobile messaging app Kik. Howerton was actually corresponding with an undercover investigator and was said to be carrying a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest where he thought he would be meeting the minor.
In response to these charges, Howerton’s father seems to be claiming that his son was a victim of police entrapment…
“Honest opinion, it’s partially entrapment,” he said. “I don’t see how they can legally do it. Yes, the intent was there. Was an actual crime committed? No.”
Despite many claims to the contrary, that is not correct. For example, what if a suspect solicited an undercover investigator to murder someone while thinking the investigator was a hitman? Under that logic, since the investigator wasn’t an actual hitman there was no crime committed. In reality, that’s why they have the charge of attempted murder.
As I’ve said in the past, not only is blood thicker than water, it’s also dumber.
UPDATE 12/17/2019: Howerton has pleaded guilty to enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.