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UPDATE: craigslist Drops ‘Erotic Services’ Ads that led to BI Arrests

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Here’s a story hot off the presses. Craigslist has dropped its “erotic services” ads following pressure from state attorneys general in several states. The lawyers contend such ads are advertisements for illegal sexual activities, according to an AP story.

You might remember that in February, police here used that category on craigslist to set up a sex sting at a Bainbridge Island hotel. Four women were ultimately arrested and charged. And today, a Kent man pleaded innocent in a craiglist murder for hire case.

Then came word this morning from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who said craigslist will create a new adult category that its Web site employees will review. She added that in seven days, “erotic services” ads will be gone.

“This change should significantly reduce the blatant misuse of Craigslist’s online classified ad service to promote prostitution,” our own state attorney general, Rob McKenna, said in a statement Wednesday. “It will only be successful if Craigslist follows through on its promise to actively monitor its site for illicit images and messages. If Craigslist does follow through, it will help state attorneys general and our law enforcement partners as we fight sexual exploitation to make our communities safer.”

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster said Wednesday they’re creating a new, more closely monitored “adult services” category, according to the New York Times.

Nationally, craigslist has been pressured get rid of the ads following the killing of a masseuse by a medical student he met on the site.


Roundup: Illegal TV Loggers, a Local ‘America’s Most Wanted’ Arrest and More

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Here’s a quick roundup of justice-related stories around the northwest that caught my eye.

Featured fugitive captured: An Oklahoma man that was recently featured on “America’s Most Wanted” — the long running show that keeps criminals on the run — has been caught in Grays Harbor County, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Troopers stopped James Joseph Reimer, 41, about 3 p.m. Saturday for “routine traffic violations.” He was apparently driving a Mercury XR7 and had a 14-year-old in the front seat.

Oklahoma authorities had charged Reimer with luring the girl with sexually-explicit text messages. He’ll eventually be extradited back to the state to face the felony charges. No word yet on what brought him to the Evergreen State.

Local ‘Ax Men’ Under Investigation: On a recent episode of the History Channel’s “Ax Men,” loggers from Cle Elum-based company S&S Aqua Logging are seen pulling wood from the Hoquiam River. That’s a no-no according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The company should have pursued permits to do so, officials said. In the quote of the day, Larry Raedel, the DNR’s chief of law enforcement services, said: “We get our cases from TV now,” the Seattle Times reported.

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A Sinister Case of Cyber-bullying

Friday, May 16th, 2008

This just in from Los Angeles: a Missouri woman has been indicted on charges that she cyber-bullied a teen to the point she committed suicide, the Los Angeles Times reports today.

The woman, Lori Drew, 49, is accused by federal prosecutors of creating a fake MySpace profile, then leading a 13-year-old girl into a relationship. Their conversations became increasingly “sexual,” the Times reported, until one day when the 49-year-old reportedly turned on the young girl, cut off all ties with her, and also announced: “the world would be a better place without her.”

The charges are the first of their kind in the nation, U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien told the Times.

Cyber-bullying is a topic Kitsap Sun readers may recall. We once told the story of a Central Kitsap teen who’d become scared to go to school because of electronic bullying. And just a couple of years ago the north end of the county was rocked by tragic suicides of two boys, reportedly motivated by bullying that had happened at school and online.


‘National Security’ A Factor

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Prosecutors weighed Edward E. Scott’s access to matters of national security in charging him with attempted child rape and communicating with a minor immorally on the internet, Russ Hauge told me on the phone Tuesday.

The Kitsap County Prosecutor — and a former military man himself — Hauge said that his post allowed him access to sensitive information.

If he was willing to use a work computer to chat with who he believed to be a mother and twins to solicit sex, prosecutors worried what else he might be capable of, Hauge told me.

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The Evidence Mounts

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Court documents allege that Edward E. Scott was headed to a Bremerton motel Friday to begin a deviant sexual relationship.

It would turn out to be the end of a month-long investigation by undercover detectives.

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A Marquee Arrest … and a Coincidence

Friday, March 16th, 2007

With the help of some federal agencies, detectives in Kitsap County are becoming more savvy to the ways of the web.

And on Friday, Bremerton’s detectives landed perhaps the most notable arrest thus far in the new world of luring sex predators online.

Edward E. Scott remains in Kitsap County jail on $500,000 bail. The command master chief of Navy Base Kitsap, he is said by police to have attempted to carry out a far more elaborate tale than most people law enforcement lure online.

He thought he was chatting over the internet with a mother who had a 12-year old twin boy and girl — whom he suggested he wanted to commit some kind of sex acts with, according to police — but turned out to be an undercover agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

So when Scott showed up at a Bremerton area motel, he was “absolutely shocked” to find detectives there to arrest him, and made a confession, said Detective Sgt. Kevin Crane.

Coincidentally, we had just wrapped a Sunday story about luring sex predators online before they could lure potential victims. (You can read that story here.)

It was a coincidence and nothing more. But our story, and Bremerton’s arrest, shows that those who try and lure minors for sex over the internet — no matter how prominent in the community — are taking a huge risk.


Creepy Chats

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

For this Sunday’s edition, I am at work on a story about the new world of internet sex crimes — and how law enforcement is working undercover to lure predators before they strike online.

I thought I’d give those of you who read the blog a preview of what’s coming. This so-called “new frontier” of internet crimes is a scary one. To give you an example, I’ve posted below an actual chat log between a Kitsap County man in his 20s and a 12-year-old girl.

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