Police, fire and courts: Man charged with seeking sex with girl...

There are 30 comments on the Press of Atlantic City story from Jul 29, 2008, titled Police, fire and courts: Man charged with seeking sex with girl.... In it, Press of Atlantic City reports that:

A Pennsylvania man who thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for another sexual encounter found the police instead, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said Monday.

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Waiting as Well

Medina, OH

#22 Aug 20, 2011
Based on the NJ justice system, Carole is exactly right. When trying to speak with them about this case I was told that they couldn't discuss it because of his privacy rights. Thank your father for saving you from this predator. I personally wish that the thirteen year old's father had been in Atlantic City when he assaulted her.
Margate Resident

United States

#23 Sep 22, 2011
Just wanted to add that I researched this case and was shocked to find out that Mike did not meet this girl over the internet... He met her at the wawa a few months before he was arrested around 11:30 at night and was only 18 when he first met her... So what was this girl doing out that late anyways? The media doesn't always tell the whole truth, just what they know! People should try to find the whole truth before they judge this guy! He is a man now but only a teen when he was arrested!
LeighAnn

United States

#24 Sep 24, 2011
Margate Resident wrote:
Just wanted to add that I researched this case and was shocked to find out that Mike did not meet this girl over the internet... He met her at the wawa a few months before he was arrested around 11:30 at night and was only 18 when he first met her... So what was this girl doing out that late anyways? The media doesn't always tell the whole truth, just what they know! People should try to find the whole truth before they judge this guy! He is a man now but only a teen when he was arrested!
Most of us who commented on this thread do in fact know him. He is a sick individual and sexually motivated. Needs to be castrated and hung til dead. We are not judging him, nor being unfair. He is a predator.
Waiting as Well

Litchfield, OH

#25 Oct 1, 2011
Margate Resident wrote:
Just wanted to add that I researched this case and was shocked to find out that Mike did not meet this girl over the internet... He met her at the wawa a few months before he was arrested around 11:30 at night and was only 18 when he first met her... So what was this girl doing out that late anyways? The media doesn't always tell the whole truth, just what they know! People should try to find the whole truth before they judge this guy! He is a man now but only a teen when he was arrested!
You sound like you are accusing the victim for being raped. I was hoping this world was past that. This predator was guilty and was convicted because at 18 one is an adultin this country. The law is there to protect people from predators like him, regardless of whether they are in a mall at noon or in a WaWa at 11 PM!
Margate Resident

Lititz, PA

#26 Oct 12, 2011
Ok well he did not rape her... He never even was charged with rape so you don't know what your talking about... And believe me I know the laws are here to protect us n I myself hate predators that is why I looked in to this case... N no I don't think it is the girls fault neither but the mother of the girl should watch her kids better
Waiting as Well

Oberlin, OH

#27 Oct 13, 2011
Resident,

The charge was that a legal adult, who should know better, had sexual relations with a minor (known as statutory rape). In this case, a thirteen year old girl. In addition, he was soliciting her over the internet and came into town seeking more contact and was caught in a police sting, and was subsequently found guilty. Is this the behavior you are trying to blame on the thirteen year old and/or her mother. I repeat, the laws are here to protect against predators like him, in spite of where somebody happens to be. I'd hate to be your kid.
Margate Resident

Bowmansville, PA

#28 Oct 16, 2011
See but that is the whole problem... You just said it yourself!!! That he was "seeking a 13 year old" but he wasn't!!! Take some time to do some research and you will find that the whole time he thought she was 17!!! These are the things that the media leaves out... N leaves a question to be asked... Is he really a predator or was this all a misunderstanding?
Waiting as Well

Oberlin, OH

#29 Oct 16, 2011
No, you are missing the point. I know the case as well. Whether he thought she was 13 or 17, has nothing to do with the case. He was incapable of telling the difference between a 13 year old and a 17 year old girl, and there were plenty of obvious physical signs. Do you want the inability of an adult to tell the difference between a 13 year old and a 17 year old to put all thirteen year old girls at risk? Remember, that it common for predators to not see an age difference. That is why this is a mental illness. Did the 13 year old girl lie about her age? It doesn't matter. The law in most states, including New Jersey, says a 13 year boy and/or girl cannot give consent in any situation. It is strictly illegal. It is his responsibility as an adult to be sure or keep it in his pants. He also told the police that he liked his girls young. Don't look for excuses or explanations for his behavior. We are all responsible for our own actions. If this was your daughter, would you want her running into this guy?
Margate Resident

Bowmansville, PA

#30 Oct 16, 2011
Well I most certainly would not let her rome the streets at 11:30PM
Waiting as Well

Cleveland, OH

#31 Aug 16, 2013
LeighAnn,
Two years later and I see that we now have a registered Level 1 offender in Pennsylvania. I wonder how many times it took before this happened. Apparently still not locked up. I wonder if Margate Resident is still ready to jump to the defense. I don't know if you are still following this but details would be welcome. I hope this shows some justice is left in our system.

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