Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Girl’ being solicited for sex on Web was officer

November 21, 2007

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A Carbondale man, calling himself KsTaz2000 on an Internet chat site earlier this month, offered to pay a 13-year-old girl and her friend for sex.

The girl, who said her name was "Amanda," actually was an undercover Baldwin City policewoman, according to testimony Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

"You looking for sexual fun? Are you sexually active?"

"LOL. No," was "Amanda's" response, using the Internet language acronym for "laughing out loud." She placed a "smiley face" next to her message.

Those were some of the messages Officer Kimberly Springer said she exchanged with KsTaz2000 on Nov. 1. Springer described her Internet chat encounters before Judge Robert Fairchild during the 38-year-old Carbondale man's preliminary hearing. He is charged with attempted rape and attempted aggravated sodomy of a girl under 14, as well as electronic solicitation. Fairchild must decide if there is probable cause to try the man on the charges.

The man Springer communicated with eventually told her he lived "20 miles west" of Baldwin City and gave his first name. He allegedly offered to pay "Amanda" and a 12-year-old girlfriend $100 each for sex.

Computer screen photos of the conversations and messages were turned in to the judge.

Springer communicated with KsTaz2000 early the following day, Nov. 2, and arrangements were made for the man to meet Amanda and her friend that morning at Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center along U.S. Highway 56. There was no school that day.

Officers were waiting out of sight off school grounds when the suspect showed up in a yellow Hummer. The Hummer was stopped and the man was arrested. He was found with two $100 bills in his possession, Officer J.D. Hawkins said.

The Journal-World generally does not publish the names of sex crime suspects until they have been convicted.

According to Hawkins, the suspect said he had arrived to meet someone he'd met on the Internet to have sex. He said he thought the girl was of high school or junior high school age.

During questioning by Sally Pokorny, the suspect's attorney, Hawkins said the man told officers that he was disabled Marine veteran of the first Persian Gulf war and that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was bipolar.

Pokorny questioned whether all of the legal conditions for attempting to have sex with two girls were evident in the incident. She argued that there was no overt or direct attempt to complete the act and that officers stopped him as he was driving through the school parking lot. She cited Kansas Supreme Court cases to back up her argument.

"We don't have a real person (for him) to meet," she said.

Assistant District Attorney Angela Wilson argued that the man drove from Carbondale to meet the girls and that the victims not being real is not a defense.

Fairchild took the case under advisement and said he would make a decision to bind the man over for trial when the case reconvened this morning.

Comments

jonas 7 years, 5 months ago

Not to mention, with all the stories, well, like this on the internet, why the hell would you try and use faceless chatrooms to score an illegal conquest anyway? Sick and stupid.

gkwhdw 7 years, 5 months ago

+I know this sounds corny, but why do older men have to try to meet highschool girls anyway? I think a red flag should sound off and the guy should be in trouble. Can't people get dates the original way like the old days? I always liked to see who was meeting before I chose my ways. The world is so messed up this guy is a real SICKO! He knew what age the girl was supposed to be, even the highschool girls are too young for him, If I were in my teens I wouldn't want to touch an old man, AND, when you're in your teens 38 is a REAL long ways from 16 or 17. Go home and cool off,man.

Sigmund 7 years, 5 months ago

"A Carbondale man, calling himself KsTaz2000 on an Internet chat site earlier this month, offered to pay a 13-year-old girl and her friend for sex....Officers were waiting out of sight off school grounds when the suspect showed up in a yellow Hummer....The Journal-World generally does not publish the names of sex crime suspects until they have been convicted."

Just how many yellow Hummers does the LJW and Mike Belt think there are in Carbondale? I mean how hard could it be to put two and two together?

doc1 7 years, 5 months ago

Reality_Check. I'm sure you'll feel the same after your daughter, niece or any other person you love gets raped by some guy like this.

monkeyspunk 7 years, 5 months ago

Reality Check:

The officer is responsible for the capture of someone who intended to have sex with a 12 and 13 year old....and you are COMPLAINING about Baldwin's PD staffing...This person is a predator. Had he not been caught by the Fuzz, he may have found a REAL little girl.

Do you have sympathy for the guy? Is that what this is?

lexi 7 years, 5 months ago

Reality: At least one of Baldwin's "too many cops" caught this sicko from doing this again. Just proves that this sort of thing can happen anywhere.

dirkleisure 7 years, 5 months ago

Reality_Check, will you still feel that way when your probation is up?

Just be grateful you are allowed to post here, even though you are banned from chat rooms.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 5 months ago

I think this happens so much, police catching these guys, that you would think they would be smart enough by now.

So that only means that more times then not, they are successful in getting the girls, or guys.

thomgreen 7 years, 5 months ago

I applaud the officers for doing this, and I'm glad to see people like this off the street, but two thoughts strike me regarding this new adventure into policing. 1. When cities are budgeting for police manpower, aren't they doing it based on the number of patrol hours on the actual road? I'm sure I'm not using the right vernacular there. But I was thinking they determined how many officers they needed based on having a certain number on the streets doing actual real time work. Does having an officer on the web take away from the number of officers on patrol? Or are departments starting to budget for positions like this? Just a question, that's all. 2. On a not so serious note, doesn't this smack of the movie Minority Report. Charging people with something they were going to do? Should we have a pre-crime division?

I am glad to see this going on though, I'd rather see police departments being proactive in their attempt to curb crimes rather than always being reactive.

gr 7 years, 5 months ago

"The girl, who said her name was "Amanda," actually was an undercover Baldwin City policewoman,"

You mean.... like a fake profile? Oh no! Let the wackos at her.

jonas 7 years, 5 months ago

"You mean:. like a fake profile? Oh no! Let the wackos at her."

You're not Actually suggesting that making a fake profile to catch a pedophile and making a fake profile to entrap and harass an already fragile teenage girl are comparable, are you?

Confrontation 7 years, 5 months ago

I don't care what they charge him with, but I'd prefer it be something that puts him about 6 feet under. Perverts like this should be eliminated. Yes, eliminated.

hockmano 7 years, 5 months ago

Alot of people are diagnosed as bipolar.But most don't go around soliciting young girls for sex! Is he a sick pervert yes.The problem lies with the law.It's up to us to make things like this a crime whether or not the act is carried out.I personally hope he gets locked up but the question is did he commit a crime under the current laws.

pace 7 years, 5 months ago

I am glad they caught him. Well worth the time. Better than going around and checking garage sale signs.

gr 7 years, 5 months ago

"It's up to us to make things like this a crime whether or not the act is carried out."

Do you suggest maybe we should make our laws based upon the Bible?

Matt 5:28: But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 5 months ago

hope that with his initial admission of being bipolar and ptsd that he's not hoping for an insanity defense. don't think he comes anywhere near close to qualifying.

I'm perfectly happy with charging attempted: rape/sodomy. because, in his mind, there were victims and that's all that matters. glad he's caught.

GretchenJP 7 years, 5 months ago

Watch for this one on Dateline NBC To Catch A Predator.

sdinges 7 years, 5 months ago

The best way to protect your children from online predators is to monitor and educate the child about the internet. If To Catch a Predator is any indication, there is an endless supply of men looking for underage girls and boys on the internet. The work of a single officer from Baldwin City is a drop in the bucket. You can't rely on law enforcement to protect your family from this.

Keep your computer in a well-trafficked area of your home, educate yourself about its use, and most of all speak to your children regularly about the possible dangers of the internet.

Your are your child's best protector - get the computer out of their bedroom, ask them who they are speaking to online and be proactive in monitoring them.

Amy Heeter 7 years, 5 months ago

gr (Anonymous) says:

"The girl, who said her name was "Amanda," actually was an undercover Baldwin City policewoman,"

You mean:. like a fake profile? Oh no! Let the wackos at her

Yes a fake profile and you know parent's can do this kind of thing too as they monitor their kid's internet contacts.

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