For some reason I’ve become fascinated with what child predators give as an excuse when they’re busted. I guess it stems from the To Catch a Predator series when the alleged offenders all gave almost the same answer. Most of them send they were just there to hang out with their underage target while other s said they were there to teach their target the dangers of meeting strange men on the internet. Not surprisingly police didn’t believe any of them. Especially the ones that showed up with booze and/or sex toys.
Which brings us to the story of 21-year-old Gareth Oliver from Newcastle in the UK. Oliver was grooming some underage boys on Facebook then made the 300 mile trip by bus, of course it was by bus, to Kent where his victims resided. He was trying to get the boys to go camping with him but one of the parents became suspicious. At the time of his arrest Oliver had nine condoms on him. When asked why he made the 300 mile trek Oliver said that he was there to go BMX riding with the boys. That’s the first time I’ve heard that one. It’s a little more specific than just hanging out but still not even remotely believable.
Oliver was sentenced to six years in prison and a lifetime on the registry.