Man Arrested for Soliciting a Minor O...

Man Arrested for Soliciting a Minor Online

There are 59 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from May 13, 2008, titled Man Arrested for Soliciting a Minor Online. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Spartanburg County deputies arrested a Lexington man after they say he solicited what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl online.

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Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#41 May 16, 2008
I can understand how there may be instances where false allegations are given. But I am the survivor, and I was treated like a criminal. The white room with only a table and three chairs, freezing cold. All that was missing was a light to shine in my eyes. Intimidation was used as a scare tactic, records were not included that needed to be sent to the solicitor. These investigators came highly recommended, however, it is almost impossible for them to understand or have the ability to prosecute a "fellow" officer. They just don't want to do it. Every attempt was made by several different divisions of law enforcement to "cover" for the perpetrator. I did not give up and utilized several avenues before someone finally would even listen. So excuse me if I don't feel any compassion for someone who is accused of this heinous crime because we don't know all of the surrounding evidence and the amount of intimidation by law enforcement to cause women to be scared and back out of prosecuting. It happens frequently. They are trained to indimidate, create fear as they are carrying a weapon, may use force, will form a brotherhood against a victim, have knowledge of the system and know how to use it and would you please tell me who the police are going to believe if you call 9-1-1 and tell them you are being assaulted by another officer. Police reports reflect the abuser's side of the story, incorrect information about the perpetrator may be inaccurate. Who is going to believe her word against the word of a police officer. They are above the law. Additionally, his profession confers credibility, no matter how much he has lied, committed crimes, or assaults. Just a little insight into what happens when interviewed about your assault. However, you should still come forward and BREAK THE SILENCE. It is part of your recovery.
Bobby Smith

Okatie, SC

#43 May 24, 2008
The reason it took more than a year for them to make the arrest was because they could not convince this individual to actually come to a meeting location for an actual encounter with the girl.

So lets see, he is a terrible danger and threat to children: yet even trained police engaging in a sexually oriented chat with him pretending to be a willing child can't actually get him out of his house. Makes a lot of sense to me.

I wish to police would work on real crimes with real victimes.
Big Bad John 47

United States

#44 May 25, 2008
Bobby Smith wrote:
The reason it took more than a year for them to make the arrest was because they could not convince this individual to actually come to a meeting location for an actual encounter with the girl.
So lets see, he is a terrible danger and threat to children: yet even trained police engaging in a sexually oriented chat with him pretending to be a willing child can't actually get him out of his house. Makes a lot of sense to me.
I wish to police would work on real crimes with real victimes.
So what are you saying? Child molestation is not a real crime and does not have real victims? Don't want to rush to judgement Mr. Smith until you explain what you meant. To head you off on how I feel about this REAL crime, the mammals that commit these crimes are pond scum and needs to be treated as such. This is not a crime where it was done involuntarily. This was not a drunk driver that accidentally killed someone on the road. Whenever you are referring to a pedophile, there is never anything "accidental" about the things this mammal does to victimize innocent children. GOT THAT?!

BWG

“Cogito ergo sum”

Since: May 07

Irmo

#45 May 25, 2008
I will never under stand what drives these nutjobs but I sure as heck know they need to be locked away. I don't understand either how some guy who calls himself Justice can get on here and write about watching an RJ Kelly kiddie p orn flick for an hour and a half. Short Eyes is a better name for him.
Happy Hour

United States

#46 May 25, 2008
WOuldn't it be sick if the story read;

Cops sit naked behind computer pretending to be children looking for adults to have sex with with a big bottle of lotion beside the computer and one hel of a sticky key board.
No Rush

Augusta, GA

#47 May 25, 2008
In Aiken County it took over two years to serve an arrest warrant against Thomas Briard in April 2008 for criminal sexual conduct with a minor and lewd act x 2 after a magistrate signed the warrants in September 2006 for allegations received about an incident that happened on December 12, 2005. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office didn't even serve the warrant, it was served by the SC Highway Patrol during a stop where he was also charged for DUI.
Bobby Smith

Okatie, SC

#48 May 26, 2008
Child molestation is a serious offense, and no one said that in this case it was accidental.

However, what we have here is law enforcement posing as a child willing to engage in a sexually oriented discussion with an adult. Then, much much later, an arrest is made after they realize that the adult is not going to be willing to actually meet "the child" in person. You know that is the case here based on the charges filed.

Is it possible that the police, may be somewhat encouraging this individual to engage in inappropriate discussions with children by tricking him into thinking that he is in fact doing just that?

There is no proof that there has ever been a single child in South Carolina who was willing to engage in a sexually oriented discussion with an adult and then been victimized by an actual molestor. The real molestors, and he ones who should keep us all up at night, are not engaging in sexual chats. They are grooming the children, slowly, for a private, willing encounter. Their chats don't break any laws. That is *not* what police are actually looking for in real life though.
Big Bad John 47 wrote:
<quoted text>So what are you saying? Child molestation is not a real crime and does not have real victims? Don't want to rush to judgement Mr. Smith until you explain what you meant. To head you off on how I feel about this REAL crime, the mammals that commit these crimes are pond scum and needs to be treated as such. This is not a crime where it was done involuntarily. This was not a drunk driver that accidentally killed someone on the road. Whenever you are referring to a pedophile, there is never anything "accidental" about the things this mammal does to victimize innocent children. GOT THAT?!
Corrupt Magistrate

Augusta, GA

#49 May 26, 2008
Police State wrote:
http://www.wltx.com/news/story .aspx?storyid=61544
#1 Make sure a person is guilty before you affect his reputation, his freedom or his pocketbook.#2 Make sure that during your investigation you always assure yourself that you are the fairest juior a suspect will ever have. And #3 Remember - you do not make facts; you discover and report them.
Is it legal for Judge Tracy Carroll to be married to Lt Billy Flurry who works for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office? LT Flurry has a number of officers who present there case in her courtroom for warrants, arrests, hearings, trials, etc. It's hard to believe that she is able to conduct impartial and independent hearings given that she's sleeping with law enforcement. This just doesn't seem right from an ethical point of view???
WANT TO REPORT

Sharpsburg, GA

#50 Jul 7, 2008
I know of someone who is a child molester, but I don't have any proof, and haven't seen them do anything, but I know.
Who is the person to talk to for an Augusta case?

“Cracker A ss Cracka !”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#51 Jul 7, 2008
Contact your local Law Enforement agency or DSS office CPS
not a JW

Chesterfield, MO

#52 Jul 7, 2008
Bobby Smith wrote:
Child molestation is a serious offense, and no one said that in this case it was accidental.
However, what we have here is law enforcement posing as a child willing to engage in a sexually oriented discussion with an adult. Then, much much later, an arrest is made after they realize that the adult is not going to be willing to actually meet "the child" in person. You know that is the case here based on the charges filed.
Is it possible that the police, may be somewhat encouraging this individual to engage in inappropriate discussions with children by tricking him into thinking that he is in fact doing just that?
There is no proof that there has ever been a single child in South Carolina who was willing to engage in a sexually oriented discussion with an adult and then been victimized by an actual molestor. The real molestors, and he ones who should keep us all up at night, are not engaging in sexual chats. They are grooming the children, slowly, for a private, willing encounter. Their chats don't break any laws. That is *not* what police are actually looking for in real life though.
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What you deed to realize is that these men who are "tricked" as you call it THINK THEY ARE CHATTING WITH MINORS!!!! thew willingly engage in sexual conversations with people they believe are minors. These are SO CALLED MEN who should end the conversation as soon as they think they are talking to minor. you may say they were "seduced". that is a stupid reason because it comes back to the adult being the one with the responibility and the liability
Bobby Smith

Manning, SC

#53 Jul 8, 2008
Lets leave bags of money out in the street and arrest people for theft when the pick them up.
not a JW wrote:
<quoted text>What you deed to realize is that these men who are "tricked" as you call it THINK THEY ARE CHATTING WITH MINORS!!!! thew willingly engage in sexual conversations with people they believe are minors. These are SO CALLED MEN who should end the conversation as soon as they think they are talking to minor. you may say they were "seduced". that is a stupid reason because it comes back to the adult being the one with the responibility and the liability
American

Chesterfield, MO

#54 Jul 10, 2008
Bobby Smith wrote:
Lets leave bags of money out in the street and arrest people for theft when the pick them up.
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What does that have to do with a man soliciting sex from someone he believes to be a minor????? How can you compare being temped by money to a pervert wanting to sex up a minor???? I i saw a $100 bill on the sidewalk i would pick it up. If i saw a 13 year old girl in a chatroom trying to get older men i would ignore her. YOu must be ONE OF THEM if you dont get the point. you sound like ONE OF THEM the way defend them. the pervery says "i was tricked and seduced by that child" what a srock of $hit
justice

Oakland, CA

#55 Jul 11, 2008
Bobby Smith wrote:
Lets leave bags of money out in the street and arrest people for theft when the pick them up.
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you are right that is entrapment , and all of us allow this to go on. they set you up to commit a crime. and if we let them keep on doing this other laws will be made to do the same thing . boy is america in trouble we will have no rights soon . you better believe it . and as time go by our rights for anything we be taken away from us . Watch .
Bobby Smith

Okatie, SC

#56 Jul 11, 2008
Like it or not a substantial number of men in all civilizations throughout history have been sexually interested in children and even a higher number (majority?) have been interested sexually in girls from 12 or thirteen years and up. The same is true of our society now, and it will be true still in 50,100 or 1000 years from now. You may wish this wasn't true, but it is.

The problem with these cases is that the police have what amounts to a never ending supply of easy arrests for serious offenses. Many of the men would never actually be sexually atracted to a child in real life. Many of them also have families, jobs and community obligations that all get let down when they are charged with these offenses. Even if you don't believe that the men themselves are in anyway victimized by the system, you have to admit that their families and children are.

As a society we have to decide do we want police pro-actively searching out people with criminal tendancies and then charging them accordingly. Many of us would not be tempted by crack cocaine; but if it was left for the taking in a public place you know that there would be a never ending supply of people picking it up. Should they be charged with drug possession accordingly?
American wrote:
<quoted text>What does that have to do with a man soliciting sex from someone he believes to be a minor????? How can you compare being temped by money to a pervert wanting to sex up a minor???? I i saw a $100 bill on the sidewalk i would pick it up. If i saw a 13 year old girl in a chatroom trying to get older men i would ignore her. YOu must be ONE OF THEM if you dont get the point. you sound like ONE OF THEM the way defend them. the pervery says "i was tricked and seduced by that child" what a srock of $hit
RJenkins

Lincoln, NE

#57 Mar 13, 2009
This hits close to home. My 19yr son was approached my a man on Tagged.com , Luckily my son is a computer whiz and knows the ins and outs of people like this. He had me sit and read the post to his page and I took it from there. IN our situation things turned out the guy no loner approaches him. I would love to get involved and take a lead position on dealing with crap like this. If anyone that reads this wants to reach me my email is [email protected] I am lookin for a place where i can help by talking to these people and knowing where they are at and getting them taken care of.
Smiles a concerned parent.
Justice

United States

#58 Mar 13, 2009
Lucy wrote:
I have known this guy since I was little. He has never come across as creepy or a child molester. He comes from a very nice family and was raised well. I don't know what happened, but he should definately be punished if found guilty.
The art of being a child molester is in the ability to appear nice and wonderfuland well raised. That way he doesnt set off anyones built in alarm bells.
Itswrong

San Francisco, CA

#59 Dec 8, 2010
These are manufactured sex offenders. To get votes. these men are lured continually until they finally commit the crime they are contacted constantly. They are lured into committing crimes they wouldn't normally do . They have no past or present charges of this kind. Its all for the votes . This ruins these mens lives forever . These are not sexual predators at all. I definitely do not feel sexual predators should get away with their crimes but there is a big difference and until you people know the difference you shouldn't cause out your asurations on these unfairly convicted. These so called sexual offenders are killing themselves because they have to deal with all this. What you all don't know is you know those men you are so happy they have caught 3/4 of them arent sexual predators but the few that are now live on the streets of your cities with no jobs and no where to live lets even include the ones who were manufactured sex offenders they now live on your streets with no jobs or homes . How can the policve monitor them if they cant find them. What do you think these men will eventually do to survive commit crimes. So do you feel safer now. you shouldn't. So before you applaud those politicians who have not done this for your safety but to get elected next term remember they are creating new criminals whose only need is to survive on your streets.Men who have been left to no life because of one mistake. Men ending their lives because of one mistake. Mens lives ruined because someone wanted to get elected
Itswrong

San Francisco, CA

#60 Dec 8, 2010
Substanstial amount of men. please don't say anything until you know what you are talking about that is wrong. Aiken County South Carolina . they started there stings 7 years ago they have arrested 199 men in 7 years. I guarantee more then half ARE NOT SEXUAL PREDATORS. ARE NOT. There has been extensive studies on this and girls 14 and under have rarely RARELY had to deal with an online predator. But there again I'm sorry but what kind of girls 14 or under would even talk to men they don't know especially in a sexual way . I feel if they engage in this conduct their parents have failed at raising their children properly. i would never talk to anyone in that manner as a child or an 18 year old. their parents arent monitoring their children period.what kind of a child does that especially in an adult chat room. Or at any time

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