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LATimes: "Most pedophiles are Trekkies"

Old 04-29-05, 09:47 AM
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LATimes: "Most pedophiles are Trekkies"

This is just amazing that the Times would print this unchecked.... (the article is really long, I'm just posting a few paragraphs)

She is perhaps 12 now, her hair still light blond, but she doesn't smile anymore. Over the last three years, she has appeared in 200 explicit photos that have become highly coveted collectibles for pedophiles trolling the Internet. They have watched her grow up online the hair getting longer, the look in her eyes growing more distant.

"She's a collector's item," says Det. Sgt. Paul Gillespie of the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit. "I know somebody out there could lead us to her. But right now, the only ones who can see her face are the wrong ones."

Their work is a daily sojourn to the underworld. Gillespie has a team of 10 men and six women who spend hours in front of their computers, extracting leads, writing warrants and sifting photos for clues. The payoff is the day they get to kick down a door and take the "bad guy" away. The mood is light and the humor often off-color to ease the horror.

On one wall is a "Star Trek" poster with investigators' faces substituted for the Starship Enterprise crew. But even that alludes to a dark fact of their work: All but one of the offenders they have arrested in the last four years was a hard-core Trekkie.

Det. Constable Warren Bulmer slips on a Klingon sash and shield they confiscated in a recent raid. "It has something to do with a fantasy world where mutants and monsters have power and where the usual rules don't apply," Bulmer reflects. "But beyond that, I can't really explain it."


That is one of the biggest challenges of the Child Exploitation Section's work. They need to get inside the minds of the victims and the perpetrators to find them, but there is only so far they can or want to go.

Sitting in front of two computers in a blue suit and gold tie, Det. Constable Paul Krawczyk starts the day as a 13-year-old girl. Within minutes of his entering a chat room on education, and without asking for them, men are e-mailing nude pictures. "It's always the same," he says. "After two minutes, here come the body parts."
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A blog follow up:

This has very little to do with the normal topics of this blog, but yesterday the LA Times published an article regarding the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit that focused on their fight against child pornography (Sifting Clues to an Unsmiling Girl). They are the law enforcement organization that photoshopped the victims out of child porn photos in order to get the public's assistance in identifying the backgrounds (it worked). In any case, the article had this amazing claim:

"On one wall is a "Star Trek" poster with investigators' faces substituted for the Starship Enterprise crew. But even that alludes to a dark fact of their work: All but one of the offenders they have arrested in the last four years was a hard-core Trekkie."

Wow. All but one in four years. Seemed rather unlikely to me.

So, I called the Child Exploitation Section of the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit and spoke to Det. Ian Lamond, who was familiar with the LA Times article.

He claims they were misquoted, or if that figure was given it was done so jokingly. Of course, even if the figure was given jokingly, shouldn't the Times' reporter have clarified something that seems rather odd? Shouldn't her editors have questioned her sources?

Nevertheless, Detective Lamond does claim that a majority of those arrested show "at least a passing interest in Star Trek, if not a strong interest."

They've arrested well over one hundred people over the past four years and Det. Lamond claims they can gauge this interest in Star Trek by the arrestees' "paraphenalia, books, videotapes and DVDs." I asked if this wasn't simply a general interest in science fiction and fantasy, such as Star Wars or Harry Potter or similar. Paraphrasing his answer, he said, while there was sometimes other science fiction and fantasy paraphenalia, Star Trek was the most consistent and when he referred to a majority of the arrestees being Star Trek fans, it was Star Trek specific.

A weird factoid. Nevertheless, it is not correct that "all but one ... in the last four years" was a hard core Star Trek fan.
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Old 04-29-05, 09:58 AM
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They could also just say that almost all pedophiles are just pathetic nerds who can never get any...
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Old 04-29-05, 09:58 AM
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That's absurd. Most pedophiles are Trekkers.
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This doesn't surprise me. I've been to a Trek convention and a lot of those people are screwy in one way or anther.
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So what? They didn't say "most Trekkies are pedophiles." They said "most pedophiles are trekkies." Big difference.
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KVRDave will not be happy about this.
Or maybe he will. You never know.
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I'm not a Trekkie.
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Old 04-29-05, 11:06 AM
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I allways knew you trekies were off. Now, excuse me as I go line up to see star wars in my Chewbaca costume.
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Dammit Jim! I'm a pedophile, not a loser!
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At least this proves once and for all that Trekkies can, indeed, get chicks!
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Damn. They're on to us!

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So what? They didn't say "most Trekkies are pedophiles." They said "most pedophiles are trekkies." Big difference.
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That is utter bullshit. I suspect Romulan spies attempting to undermine us.
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Does anyone know how to say "I am not a pedophile" in Klingon?
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So let me guess....Chew = Trekkie?

You should probably sue someone over this.
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Whatever, I'm getting the kids away from you, you sick bastard.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
Does anyone know how to say "I am not a pedophile" in Klingon?

jIH 'oH ghobe' wamwI' vo' puqpu'!

Literally - I am not a hunter of children!
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A Trekkie Pedophile's dream:
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
jIH 'oH ghobe' wamwI' vo' puqpu'!

Literally - I am not a hunter of children!

i wouldn't have answered that question like that
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
jIH 'oH ghobe' wamwI' vo' puqpu'!

Literally - I am not a hunter of children!

Hey guys, I flushed one out! Pedophile!!!!!!!!
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For the first time since I was a kid, I'm happy to claim that I'm a Star Wars geek.
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A Trekkie Pedophile's dream:
Oh come on now, if he didn't want it, he wouldn't be wearing that rainbow around his shoulders.
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