Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dummmmmmb, dumb, dumb, dumb

When Jay Leno does his "Headlines" on Monday nights, he likes to poke fun at dumb criminals. He could have a field day with the people who are getting snatched up by the various police efforts to catch child predators. The latest story was published in today's O-R about Joseph Johnson, who coaches (well, used to coach) boys basketball at Avella High School and served as a substitute teacher in several area school districts. As in most of the other cases, police allege that Johnson was engaging in dirty talk and sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl. In fact, he allegedly was carrying on with a Monroe County police officer who was posing as a teen. The stupidity of these people (including a former O-R sports editor) is mind-boggling. "To Catch a Predator" was one of the most popular shows on television. Just about weekly, we see a story on TV or in the newspaper about some guy who gets caught in one of these stings by local police or the attorney general's child predator task force. Are these folks living in caves? Do they think they're too smart to get caught? If what police are saying is factual, Johnson might be the biggest dope of them all. Authorities say he identified himself as "Coachjoe32." Let's see. He's a coach. His name is Joe. He's 32 years old. Jeez. Why didn't he just include his mailing address and phone number?



Blogger PRIguy said...

He probably figured that the Internet is a big, wide open space and there just HAD to be another coachjoe32. In fact, he might just as well have put avellaBBcoachjoe32 along with the team's won/loss record. Idiot.

October 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is a podunk township from northeastern PA initiating these internet investigations? Shouldn't that be left to the state police. I mean, is Monroe Country really that much safer now that this guy is off the mean streets of Hickory?

October 22, 2008 at 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Andy & Barney are in Mayberry running sting operations?

October 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

I've always had my suspicions about Floyd the Barber.

October 23, 2008 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger miss bess said...

My question is, if these guys are so damn lonely and also happen to be avid Internet users, why aren't they signing themselves up for the abundant e-date sites out there? Is it because you have to be 18 to post on those sites? Perhaps I just answered my own question...

October 23, 2008 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brant, This guy is engaged to a wonderful and beautiful woman. He has no need to do something like this and my heart goes out to her. I just can't understand why the guy would think a 14 year old girl would want to get with a 30 something coach. I am dumbfounded that a guy that really had it all going for him would be so gullible.
Has anyone tried to use the entrapment defense?


October 23, 2008 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, good point. is she says she's 14, she's really tom corbett or a state trooper

October 23, 2008 at 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous said... Is he really engaged? If he's engaged why would put everything at risk to do something like this?

November 3, 2008 at 11:13 AM  

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