Sex offender glad he was stopped

Sex offender glad he was stopped

There are 31 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 1, 2008, titled Sex offender glad he was stopped. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Steven J. Devlin gave a tearful thank you Tuesday to police who arrested him last year on charges he tried to arrange a sexual tryst with young girls over the Internet.

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Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#23 Oct 1, 2008
mac wrote:
Screw PC. These animals shouldn't have any rights. If anybody went after my 5 year old granddaughter, well, castration might only be a start......
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Oh, I agree with you - only it's hard for me to convey my sarcasm at things that are PC in a post, hee hee! Yes, anyone who wold go after a 5 year old, that would be only the beginning. Actually, I would favor a certain portion of the pervs' anatomy, a can of gasoline, and a lit match.
BloodRedSky

Philadelphia, PA

#24 Oct 1, 2008
Hellertown Mom wrote:
"Sex Offender Glad He Was Caught"
Yeah, so are we.
Another case of someone getting caught doing something illegal, blaming it on some disorder, receiving treatment, and making a miraculous recovery.
Your comments are dead on! What I found interesting is that not a single neighbor wants this piece of sh!t around in 3 years! I wonder what they thought of him before they found out what he did! Everyone has an opinion of their immediate neighbors, I wonder what their opinions are!
gretty_d

Easton, PA

#25 Oct 1, 2008
And listen to the wife cry -- our income was cut in half. Well, when you live in a $650K home that means you what -- make a half a mil instead of a mil a year? Please.
Windowmaker

Bath, PA

#26 Oct 1, 2008
I'm glad the guy is caught, and getting real jail time in addition to 'treatment', but at the same time, I have to laugh at most of these comments from self-righteous types who talk about what they'd do if 'he went after my kid' and such.

Did any of you pay attention to anything? He didn't go after anyone's kids. There never were kids. It was a sting where he THOUGHT he was going to meet a woman bringing her kids.

The guy was not exactly hanging around a kindergarten playground.

To my way of thinking, there is always some element of entrapment (sometimes lots, sometimes minor) in these 'online stings.' If someone had come up to him on the street, unprovoked and said, "Hey, wanna bone my 7 year old?" chances are he'd have been horrified and looking for the nearest police officer, just like any of us.
Erin

Bethlehem, PA

#27 Oct 1, 2008
Her children are victims of having a perverted father and a stupid mother. She's not a victim. She's CHOOSING to stay with him. Who does that?
Sally wrote:
They did. She was not involved and she and her family are victims too.
You should be thankful they don't lock people up for being stupid...
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Yippee

Lansdale, PA

#28 Oct 1, 2008
Windowmaker wrote:
I'm glad the guy is caught, and getting real jail time in addition to 'treatment', but at the same time, I have to laugh at most of these comments from self-righteous types who talk about what they'd do if 'he went after my kid' and such.
Did any of you pay attention to anything? He didn't go after anyone's kids. There never were kids. It was a sting where he THOUGHT he was going to meet a woman bringing her kids.
The guy was not exactly hanging around a kindergarten playground.
To my way of thinking, there is always some element of entrapment (sometimes lots, sometimes minor) in these 'online stings.' If someone had come up to him on the street, unprovoked and said, "Hey, wanna bone my 7 year old?" chances are he'd have been horrified and looking for the nearest police officer, just like any of us.
But he didn't do that, did he? Let's say they sought him out online, wouldn't the normal person be horrified and report the solicitation to law enforcement? Would a normal person try to set up a date with the woman and her children? How is it entrapment? He still has free will. If he didn't want to take the step of informing the authorities, he still could have made the choice to ignore the emails/IM's/postings etc. HE made the choice to continue the relationship and try to take it a step further.
Windowmaker

Bath, PA

#29 Oct 1, 2008
I don't disagree, Yippee. I said there's always some element of entrapment -- not that this case, nor any other, IS entrapment.

My position is that the internet's inherent anonyminity (sp) causes people to travel down roads of thought to actions they probably wouldn't consider otherwise.

My position is NOT saying that's OK, or that it's entrapment in the legal sense meaning it can't be prosecuted.

I'm just pointing out that it exists.
Jay

Easton, PA

#30 Oct 1, 2008
Tired of the bad news wrote:
Morning Call...this does not deserve front page news.
There are so many POSITIVE things in this world that will never make the front page.
Go to any college in PA....and report on all the great research that happening....or go to a soup kitchen and do a spotlight on the volunteers...and put that on the FRont page.
If it was your daughter /son involved or if you were his neighbor, Wouldn't you want to be notified or relieved that this sicko is off the streets ? If it didn't make the papers due to "soup kitchens "and a member of your family was involved, you would be complaining that you were not notified !Be glad that this sicko is off the streets and hopefully justice will be served.
too fn bad

United States

#31 Oct 2, 2008
Well too bad their income was cut in half and they have $125,00.00 in debt. Sell your $645,000 house and your lexus and pay your bills.
too fn bad

United States

#32 Oct 2, 2008
Kelly wrote:
This guy in my opinion is so well educated that I think he bucked the system. This SOB wanted to have sex with children and I think he convinced the shrinks that he is cured! He gets such a short sentence and guess what folks...he's gonna prey again on little girls...these are the kind of people that should be locked up and never released from the big house! Once again the court system failed! GOOD LUCK AMERICA!
I agree with you. I knew him as Philly guy 15 years ago... and he is trained as a psychologist. Rot in jail

“all american”

Since: Jan 07

steamboat springs colo.

#33 Oct 2, 2008
hi
even though this is old now and 1,000,s of oddballs without money or degrees have done this since this dudes lucky it was,nt in this county.
Would love to have bar talk about how if this was MY KID and ,and, but I would do more time than this for assault than he did.
But you never know?case2...sister assaulted by boyfriend..oops my father R.I.P.. a.k.a hard working guy who never talked trash without backing it up. brought up on charges of "supposedly" leaving said "boyfriend" in long term recovery from a bad "accident" ????
somehow a lot of paperwork needed for conviction got "LOST" by so many men and women in police depts and courts that no charges were there ???
case2...other sister. 17 working at drive in her boss aka perv. tried to put hand in sisters pants oops . father same hardworking guy R.I.P. decided he needed to go to a beer joint mister perv. came also dear dad did about 750$ in damage to mens room with perv,s body . but somehow nobody in the place saw or heard a thing ???lol.
Sister was filing a report at same time on mr perv. and arrested him in the hosp. for it and were sorry he "slipped" in the mens room but then called him a liar because no one in the beer joint ever saw him ?
this was in the 70.s in a med, midwest town not in the sticks somewhere. guy divorced, sold business,moved.was this right,wrong,??? I don,t know but am showing that all b.s. aside yes a few are willing to back up what they say.
Now case at hand a big pc. of this is missing on this guy because we can,t hear those tapes? if this guy specif ally asked women a women for favors from children games up bye bye .life
even with a short sentence I hope BUBBA in jail needs some favors from this guy. Rick


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