For once, I don’t have to wander south of the border for a couple of dumb criminal stories. We have a couple right here in New Hampshire.
I don’t have much use for “historical re-enactors.” Recreating battles and other significant events in history strikes me as a colossal waste of time, but for the most part it’s harmless and it doesn’t bother me much.
But there are some things that really shouldn’t be revisited. Say, for example, the Watergate break-in. But that didn’t stop some enterprising idiots over in Concord, who busted into the state Democratic Party headquarters…
But let’s leave the past alone. Let’s move into a more contemporary problem — sexual predators on the ‘net. We also have another story of someone turning to the internet to find a teenaged boy for sex.
Gee, what a surprise. The “victim” turned out to be, of all things, a cop. I never would have seen that one coming. Why, it’s ingenious and novel. I’m surprised that no one had ever heard of this sort of thing happening before.
But this story has a bit of a twist. It turns out the would-be predator was also lying about their identity. It seems that he isn’t a 14-year-old boy, but 17.
He’s still being charged as an adult.
It’s not quite as odd as the story of a couple of Florida teenagers who took pictures of themselves doing naughty things with each other. (In that incredibly bizarre case, they’re being tried as adults who took the pictures — but children as the subjects of them. While it’s been said that “the camera adds ten pounds,” apparently being behind the lens adds a couple of years.) So we have a ways to go to catch up with the rest of the country.
We’re working on it, though. Give us time.