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More News of Our Moral Betters

I haven’t seen much on the blogs (Oops. Wonkette beat me to it) about the Washington Times’ employee caught soliciting a minor online, and what I’ve seen in the news is pretty brief.

Local police today charged the director of human resources at The Washington Times with one count of attempting to entice a minor on the Internet, the newspaper reported.

Randall Casseday, 53, was arrested late yesterday in Northeast Washignton, D.C., where police said he had arranged to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

He had actually exchanged Internet messages and photographs with a male police officer posing as a girl, the newspaper related, adding, “The conversation included discussion of an explicit sexual nature.”

Brian Bauman, a spokesman for The Times, said Casseday had been suspended without pay. The paper added: “It is not clear from the affidavit whether the online conversation took place on company property or on a company-owned computer.”

That reminded me of a couple of stories I blogged about a while back.

My posts got lost in the server switch, back when I was having database/hosting issues and lost several weeks worth of posts. But I did blog about Brian Doyle, the deputy press secretary for Homeland Security who got caught doing the same thing as Casseday, and who pleaded “no contest” to those charges.

A former deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grabbed a plea deal Tuesday and could now face up to five years in prison for charges of trying to solicit sex from a Polk County sheriff’s detective who was posing on the Internet as a 14-year-old girl.

During a brief Tuesday morning hearing, Brian J. Doyle, 56, pleaded no contest to seven counts of using a computer to seduce a child and 16 counts of transmitting harmful material to a minor.

Doyle, a Maryland resident, remains free on $230,000 bail pending the outcome of his Nov. 17 sentencing hearing.

My post about Frank Figueroa got eaten too, but his story was another that came to mind.

The other Homeland Security official charged with a sexual offense involving a girl is veteran administrator Frank Figueroa, 49, the ICE special agent in charge of the agency’s operations in central and northern Florida. Figueroa, who also ran the agency’s El Paso, Texas, office, has pleaded not guilty to charges he exposed and fondled himself to a teenage girl last year at a mall in Tampa.

And there’s Lou Beres, the Christian Coalition Leader in Oregon who confessed to molesting his own children.

In a just released police report (pdf), Lou Beres, former head of the Oregon Christian Coalition, finally confessed to the charges that he so vehemently denied last October. Sources from within the family tell us that Lou Beres told the truth because he thought the police report would stay sealed and the statute of limitations were over.

He got that part right… but not in civil court. Now we’ve got the report and Mr. Beres is being sued by Liz Jonas, one of the victims he admitted to molesting. You may recall his victims included his own biological daughters, their friends and his sister-in-law. Because of Oregon’s 6 year statute of limitations – he didn’t have to go to jail.

And there’s probably more where that came from. But there’s something interesting that these cases have in common; something that runs counter to popular “studies” of pedophiles that have already been sufficiently debunked.

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