Trooper charged over sexually explici...

Trooper charged over sexually explicit video

There are 35 comments on the Public Opinion story from Feb 17, 2011, titled Trooper charged over sexually explicit video. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has arrested a state trooper for allegedly sending a sexually explicit video to an agent posing as a 13-year-old girl.

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Matt

Chambersburg, PA

#1 Feb 17, 2011
Shows how crooked law enforcement officials are!
Ken

Lewisburg, PA

#2 Feb 17, 2011
Typical for the area, that's the same town where all the prisoners keep mysteriously dying in the Federal Pen there.
Jim

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Feb 17, 2011
Send him to the big house. They will like him.
justme

York, PA

#4 Feb 17, 2011
Stupid, stupid, stupid - it's the state police who usually set up these stings to catch these peds and this guy is stupid enough to video himself and send it over the internet to a 13 yo girl. WHAT an idiot. We are better off without this asshat on the highways.
Dave

Shippensburg, PA

#5 Feb 17, 2011
What crime did he commit?

The person was of legal age.

So we arrest now for "thought" crimes?

Look, I think child pornography is disgusting & those who participate prosecuted.

Internet chat rooms are full of real underage boys & girls who lie about the age to get on.

But the recipient of this video was of legal age.

Use these ruses to investigate these people further but to arrest them for a thought crime? Doesn't sound right.
Say What

Reading, PA

#6 Feb 17, 2011
Dave wrote:
What crime did he commit?
The person was of legal age.
So we arrest now for "thought" crimes?
Look, I think child pornography is disgusting & those who participate prosecuted.
Internet chat rooms are full of real underage boys & girls who lie about the age to get on.
But the recipient of this video was of legal age.
Use these ruses to investigate these people further but to arrest them for a thought crime? Doesn't sound right.
So you don't think he should have been arrested for sending a video to someone that presented themself as a 13 year old???

And it's not appropriate that law enforcement conducts these operations to catch these individuals BEFORE they actually make contact with a minor??????
Dave

Shippensburg, PA

#7 Feb 17, 2011
Say What wrote:
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So you don't think he should have been arrested for sending a video to someone that presented themself as a 13 year old???
And it's not appropriate that law enforcement conducts these operations to catch these individuals BEFORE they actually make contact with a minor??????
If this guy did this with this undercover cop, then most likely, he has done this with a real underage person.

Use this to fully track his internet use & chat room activities.

But no, he should not be arrested for sending an inappropriate video to the minor because he didn't.

The law enforcement people should look for these people in this manner but use it to find potential violators.

If I roll a "joint"using tobacco & offer it someone, Did they break the law by taking a toke?

looked it up

Waynesboro, PA

#10 Feb 17, 2011
Dave wrote:
What crime did he commit?
The person was of legal age.
So we arrest now for "thought" crimes?
Look, I think child pornography is disgusting & those who participate prosecuted.
Internet chat rooms are full of real underage boys & girls who lie about the age to get on.
But the recipient of this video was of legal age.
Use these ruses to investigate these people further but to arrest them for a thought crime? Doesn't sound right.
I just checked it out online and he can be charged. This is from the website. The new Pa.statue 18 Pa. C.S 6318 specifically prohibits this activity even if the child is a police officer who has assumed the identity of a minor.
Dave

Shippensburg, PA

#12 Feb 17, 2011
Julia wrote:
<quoted text>Looks like BIG DUMBO Dave doesn't know everything.....he just thinks he does!
Look Dumbo, I never said he couldn't be arrested, I question whether he should.

Maybe, Dumbo, you should learn to freakin read.
Jim

Harrisburg, PA

#14 Feb 17, 2011
Like I said locked the perv up. He will be in P C with the rest of the freaks, He would not have enough balls to be in population.
spunk myster

Lebanon, PA

#15 Feb 17, 2011
A cop and pedophile in prison... He wouldn't survive in GP.
my gosh

Chambersburg, PA

#16 Feb 17, 2011
spunk myster wrote:
A cop and pedophile in prison... He wouldn't survive in GP.
wanna bet he would! He would fit right in.. Next....
Really

Orrtanna, PA

#17 Feb 17, 2011
how would one explain such an act and subsequent arrest to their family?!
looked it up

Waynesboro, PA

#18 Feb 17, 2011
Dave wrote:
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Look Dumbo, I never said he couldn't be arrested, I question whether he should.
Maybe, Dumbo, you should learn to freakin read.
I feel that yes he should be arrested. He is the type of person that he is supposed to be protecting the public from. He could have abused a child and then used his position to scare the child into never telling a soul. I have a 13yr. old daughter and I am glad there is one less unknown pervert out there.
Marie L

Carlisle, PA

#19 Feb 17, 2011
Matt wrote:
Shows how crooked law enforcement officials are!
corruption in many forms can infect even those who take an oath to serve and protect. unfortunately some think that they are invisible to accountability and it soils the reputation of the ones who take their oath seriously.
Ganja Farmer

Zionhill, PA

#20 Feb 18, 2011
Ken wrote:
Typical for the area, that's the same town where all the prisoners keep mysteriously dying in the Federal Pen there.
They probably were nucked to death by those who incarcerated them.
He was wrong

Gettysburg, PA

#21 Feb 18, 2011
The guy was talking with someone he had every reason to believe was a 13 year old girl. This is not only wrong but sick.

Now had he been talking to a 13 year old who represented herself as a 30 year old woman a different it would be a different story.

In the different forms you have no idea exactly who you are talking with. You may think you are talking with a 50 year old man, but in fact be communicating with a 12 year old girl. Or just the opposite, but when he was lead to believe he was communicating with a 13 year old girl, it doesn’t matter the actual age of that other person. He was doing something that was inappropriate for a man of his age and a 13 year old girl.

Since: Oct 08

York, PA

#23 Feb 18, 2011
My only concern with this type of operation is the fact that it's entrapment and at last check entrapment used to be illegal. But as with all laws and constitutional rights if they violate them enough it's ok. It's the same thing they pull with drug dealers and sex trade workers.

There use to be a law or at least I think there was that said that if you asked a police officer if they were an officer of the law that they were not allowed to misrepresent themselves as something else because in doing so you might give them information that would be self-incriminating. But apparently that dosen't matter either.
pencil shavings

Lewistown, PA

#24 Feb 19, 2011
Dave wrote:
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If I roll a "joint"using tobacco & offer it someone, Did they break the law by taking a toke?
In Pennsylvania, the answer is YES...
IF you SELL it.

IF it is baking soda, pencil shavings, or other fake substitutes,
it is legal to make it and smoke it.

BUT, if you sell this to anyone, as if it were real,
you are charged with
"Delivery of a Non-Controlled Substance."

This is the catchall to arrest drug dealers and fakes alike,
who often take the money from undercover officers,
and give a worthless fake.
entrapment vs sting

Lewistown, PA

#25 Feb 19, 2011
Many people confuse
ENTRAPMENT
with
STING OPERATION.

A Sting Operation catches those with INTENT.
An Entrapment lures a person with NO INTENT,
into doing something with intent.

Predators online looking to show and tell,
or peek and see, all have the intent.

BELOW is a paste from Wikipedia....
which should clarify this for many of you.

(paste)

In criminal law, entrapment is constituted by a law enforcement agent inducing a person to commit an offense that the person would otherwise have been UNLIKELY to commit.

In many jurisdictions, entrapment is a possible defense against criminal liability. However, there is NO entrapment where a person is READY AND WILLING to break the law and the government agents merely provide what appears to be a favorable opportunity for the person to commit the crime.

For example, it is not entrapment for a government agent to pretend to be someone else and to offer, either directly or through an informant or other decoy, to engage in an unlawful transaction with the person (see sting operation). So, a person would not be a victim of entrapment if the person was ready, willing and able to commit the crime charged in the indictment whenever opportunity was afforded, and that Government officers or their agents did no more than offer an opportunity.

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