Maui Democrat says online sting creates sex crime - News

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WAILUKU>> State Rep. Joe Bertram has argued a friend caught in an Internet predator sting should not be sent to prison for an "imaginary crime." Bertram spoke yesterday in support of Mark Marcantonio, 52, of Maui, who had pleaded no contest to second-degree electronic enticement of a child.
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Stop electing idiots

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Joe, YAAFM.

You do not deserve this office to which you were elected.
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I agree that this representative should not be in office. He is not representing the best interests of those who elected him. There are a lot of predators out there. I wonder if this rep. would feel the same if his daughter or niece, etc., were to show up and the predator managed to sexually assault or molest her. This is prevention. I wish we could prevent all the disgusting actions of pedophiles. This is one tool that can get some off of the street.

Time to get rid of this self-serving so-called representative. Vote him out, Mauians!
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Imaginary or not... Marcantonio's intent was to have sex with a CHILD. He even admitted that he had sex with a 15-year old. He's a pedophile, period. Hope he hasn't violated his own children.
Yes, Bertram, you've known him for over 30 years...so what? That doesn't mean you know everything about Marcantonio... looky-looky at what you just found out!!! Would you allow YOUR teenaged daughter/granddaughter to be alone with this pedophile? I doubt it.
Lock up the digusting pedophile and get this guy out of office!
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Imaginary or not... Marcantonio's intent was to have sex with a CHILD. He even admitted that he had sex with a 15-year old. He's a pedophile, period. Hope he hasn't violated his own children.
Yes, Bertram, you've known him for over 30 years...so what? That doesn't mean you know everything about Marcantonio... looky-looky at what you just found out!!! Would you allow YOUR teenaged daughter/granddaughter to be alone with this pedophile? I doubt it.
Lock up the digusting pedophile and get this guy out of office!
I totally agree!
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Joe Bertram has just demonstrated that he lacks the judgement required to serve as a state lawmaker. Hopefully the voters of his district will remember this at election time. This guy is responsible for voting on laws, some of which are designed to protect children. His voting record and public statements says it all.
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I live on Maui. We tried to unsuccessfully to unseat him in the last election. Any wizards out there know how to take an incumbent out in this state? We tried running a really sharp, clean guy but he got thumped. Those of us who read the paper know about Bertram. He's a nice guy but his neurons don't fire like the rest of ours... Or maybe they fire like the majority and that's why he got re-elected.
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Joe Bertram knew this man for 30 years?
You know that saying, "birds of a feather flock together", has anyone ever checked into Rep. Joe Bertrams past?
He would make some county a great polititian, oh wait, he is a politician.
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Maui,
Wake up and vote this closet pedifile out of office. Bertram sounds like the classic "CHESTER THE MOLESTER" Get this child sex predator out of office.
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aye sos, joe......u put your foot in your mouth once too much and i guess u no like be one state rep anymo. das wat going happen.....fo shuah.
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Bertram is an idiot. With "Father figures" like this friend of his around who knows what could happen. Wonder if Bertram has a young teenaged daughter who uses the internet. What is he thinking. The reason stings exist is to protect potential victims BEFORE something happens. Bertram's friend was preying on this young girl period!

Since: Aug 08

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Open mouth, rotate foot.
LOL LOL LOL
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manini wrote:
Joe Bertram has just demonstrated that he lacks the judgement required to serve as a state lawmaker. Hopefully the voters of his district will remember this at election time. This guy is responsible for voting on laws, some of which are designed to protect children. His voting record and public statements says it all.
true..this moron is just another politico that has sold hawaii down the river.
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I'm going to wait to see what the Party does to punish him.

For if they do not they are just as guilty as Joe for defending the undefendible.

If Maui does not vote the slime ball out next time we are truly done as a State.
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You're kidding, right?
Get rid of this joker. Does Bertram have a daughter? WTF! Put 'em in JAIL!!!!
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Tell that representative to let his teenage daughter to secretly meet up with an online 54 year old man then ask him how "imaginary" this offense becomes. I bet he'd be upset if his teenage daughter met up secretly with a teenage boy!
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Poster child for political suicide.
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Wake up and Vote Bertram out!
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Another shining example of democrats offer to the public...
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Bertram is a disgrace.
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Wow the laugh of the day. How stupid is it to try to meet an underaged kid in a chat room for sex, don't these idiots read the papers or listen to the news? Police agencies all over the WORLD are running sting operations just like this to catch perversst just like him.

Joe, does this guy own you or what? What the heck are you defending him for, you two swap kiddie porn on the weekends?

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