Great Britain is currently in the throes of hysteria over pedophiles, as they seem to see them under every bed. This is a subject I have written about before.
An incredibly clever and sick individual has tried to use this to his advantage. A man obsessed with a coworker tried to frame her husband for child pr0n. He did this by repeatedly breaking into the victim’s house while the family was asleep, copying the family computer on a portable hard drive, and then going back to his own home to prepare and insert the doctored evidence.
What doctored evidence is that? It seems that he also broke in to the family’s house while they were away so he could take photos of the place. He probably Photoshopped some pics of kids being abused into the images of the home.
Months later he broke in again to steal the family’s hard drive from their computer, which he mailed to the police. Lucky thing suspicion fell upon the perp, and that he wasn’t half so clever in covering his own tracks. When the police investigated the criminal, they easily found all the evidence needed for the scheme to be revealed.
There are many elements of this story that I find shocking in the extreme.
Please note how the accused husband suffered greatly simply through the accusation. Considering the witch hunt culture in Great Britain today concerning pedophiles, I doubt he will ever be able to resume a completely normal life. Although the names of the victims have been withheld, I will bet real money that the local news agencies reported the name of the husband when he was arrested after the police received the doctored hard drive.
Although I can’t speak about the law in Great Britain, the criminal repeatedly performed crimes that would be considered to be extremely serious here in the United States. If charged in an American court there would be fraud, possession of child pr0n, felony theft, burglary, and multiple counts of breaking and entering. Even giving a false report to the police is considered a felony over here, with a very serious punishment. Considering his misdeeds I would say that he’d be looking at a few decades behind bars at least.
And yet, even after all that, the perp received a sentence of a mere four and a half years! Doesn’t seem like enough to me.
Lastly, speaking as a professional, I was appalled at the state of home security the victim maintained. What, this guy would just waltz into the house whenever he felt like it? Seems so. What were their locks made out of, silly string and wishful thinking?
They need to get a dog in the worst way.
(Hat tip to Glenn. If he wasn’t around, we all would be less informed.)
It occurred to me after posting the essay above that the criminal in this case sounded an awful lot like a Dr. Evil-type of supervillain. He has an elaborate scheme to destroy someone’s life, he goes about it with skill and fearless daring, only to be found out through gross incompetence.
When will they ever learn that complicated death traps are never the way to go?