You have an emergency and dial 911. You instantly trust the person on the other end. In this true crime, the person on the other end of that lifeline is far from trustworthy.
Before I get into the case and the outcome, I want to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for law enforcement and the tireless pursuit of people who prey on children and to Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Mostly during his off-hours, a former 911 dispatcher frequented a social media messaging web service that is known for preserving their user’s anonymity. Less often, he used the messaging service from county computers.
Also, using the messaging web service, are FBI Task Force members acting in an undercover capacity looking for people like the 911 dispatcher.
The former 911 dispatcher began communicating with the undercover task force member in graphic detail about him molesting young children, also providing photographs. The undercover task force member asked how he kept the children quiet. He replied they were young and don’t talk.
When the task force member who’d had conversations with the former 911 dispatcher confronted him about being on the web service, he denied that he’d been on the service. Later, he waived his right to speak with an attorney and admitted he had used the service and he administered a chat room where people specifically talked about ‘little kid things.’
After his arrest, rather than go to trial, the 48-year-old former 911 dispatcher pleaded guilty to producing and distributing photos and a video depicting himself as he sexually abused two children. A federal judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison without early release. The judge also ordered that he serve a lifetime of supervised release and register as a sex offender. #childpredator #sexoffender
An FBI Special Agent associated with this case said,
“All predators, especially those in positions of community service, should know that we will stop at nothing to find and stop you, and seek justice for innocent victims.”
The information shared in this true crime case and the job the perpetrator held is not intended to paint a bad picture of the amazing men and women who set aside their emotions to help us during emergencies.
Source: U.S. District Court, U.S. Department of Justice, Wikipedia