When the Ped is a Brother

Of all the crimes that raise fear, dread and disgust, none is worse than pedophilia, the sexual abuse of a child by an adult.  And this explains why police have taken such an incredibly aggressive stance in trying to root out this disgusting crime, particularly on the internet, which has proven to be a boon to pedophiles seeking to find unsuspecting teens in chatrooms, ripe for their wiles.

And so an undercover Worcester, Massachusetts officer hanging out, pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, just waiting for something juicy, happens upon this chat :

Latenightcop171 — So you want to learn things

Undercover — What can you teach me

Latenightcop171 — Lot of things

Latenightcop171 — We’d have sex

Undercover — Of course silly, but anything special or weird.

Latenightcop171 (does that mean there are 170 latenightcops before him?) turns out to be Worcester Police Officer Neil Shea. Oh crap. Crap, crap, crap.  One of us, the undercover gasps.

How can you explain the abrupt termination of the online conversation in which Mr. Shea appeared to have been deeply engrossed in a highly improper chat-room encounter with an undercover officer, whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl?

Easy, according to Police Chief Gary Gemme.  Shea didn’t commit any crime, according to the Chief. It’s not like anything actually happened, right?  Maybe he was just conducting his own undercover investigation, ferreting out 14-year-old girls who were trying to get cops into trouble?

Well, no. It’s not like the Worcester police department was going to welcome Shea back with open arms. There is a limit to how much sickness even a police department is willing to tolerate.  And so Chief Gemme determined that Shea

committed several violations, including incompetence, neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Where exactly the line is for conduct unbecoming an officer may not be clear, but apparently, sex with 14-year-olds is beyond it.  And so they strapped Shea to a detention chair and tased him? Well, not quite.

Mr. Shea resigned before the investigation, in which all allegations were sustained, was completed. He is free to receive all retirement benefits.

After all, there is nothing a police officer can do, not even roaming the interwebz to find teenage girls in his community with whom to chat about sexual liaisons, that warrants stripping a cop of his pension.  For anyone who doesn’t appreciate the importance of the pension, this should make it abundantly clear, as not even his pedophile conduct was sufficient to push him over the line of denying him a pension.

While the mere inquiry, without further action toward making contact happen, may not have pushed this conduct from “unbecoming” to criminal, the termination of the sting before Shea took the next step of setting up a meeting with his new 14-year-old friend precluded his prosecution and, upon conviction, the end of his ability to entice little girls to have sex with him.

Anybody want to bet that all the parents of teenage girls in Worcester are cool with the fact that they are not only paying Shea’s pension, but that he’s still got unfettered internet access to chat up their babies?

Next time some tough on crime pundit blows hot about the horrors of pedophilia, ask whether their daughter has ever chatted up Latenightcop171.  Ask whether these sick, disgusting pedophiles can’t be tolerated, except when they wear blue during the day. Ask about Neil Shea. He’s still out there, collecting his pension.

H/T Fritzmuffknuckle

2 thoughts on “When the Ped is a Brother

  1. Greg

    Is what he did a crime? Assuming that you don’t actually meet or intend to meet her, is it a crime to talk dirty on the internet to someone you think is 14 years old? What if you think she’s not really a 14-year-old and is only pretending to be one as part of her own horny fantasy, just as, perhaps, you are only pretending to be a cop? I’m not being facetious or argumentative. I don’t know the answer and wonder if you do.

    And just in case any undercover cops are reading this blog: no, I myself do not chat with children online.

  2. SHG

    It may fall under the “attempt” to commit the crime, but I would doubt it. The difference here is that if the person on the other side of the computer had been anyone but another cop (and they knew who it was from his telephone number), they would have let the scenario play out until he either acted or not. Here, they terminated the investigation as soon as they realized he was a cop. That wouldn’t happen for anyone else.

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