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Sailor suspected of e-mailing nude photos
The Free Lance-Star ^ | 02JUL05 | KEITH EPPS

Posted on 07/02/2005 6:51:19 AM PDT by QwertyKPH

Sailor suspected of e-mailing nude photos

July 2, 2005 1:06 am

By KEITH EPPS

A 25-year-old sailor is accused of inadvertently sending nude photos of himself to local police.

He thought he was sending them to a 13-year-old girl--who turned out to be Spotsylvania Detective Barry Stocks, said sheriff's Maj. Michael Timm.

Robert Whalen, who was stationed aboard the USS Eisenhower in Norfolk, is charged with five counts of sending pornography over the Internet to children and five counts of using a computer to transmit pornographic pictures to children. He was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

Whalen is the 15th man this year to be snared in the Spotsylvania online trap for suspected sexual predators, Timm said.

Stocks and other officers go online pretending to be a 13-year-old girl. Invariably, Timm said, someone makes contact over the Internet and begins sexual dialogue.

The online chat Whalen is accused of participating in took place the afternoon of June 24, Timm said. Stocks had been online about 10 minutes when he was contacted.

Timm said Stocks made it clear that he was a 13-year-old girl. He said Whalen sent naked pictures of himself to the e-mail address Stocks gave him.

Stocks contacted Naval Criminal Investigative Service and drove to Norfolk Thursday to interview Whalen.

After Navy officials got Whalen off the ship, Stocks showed him the pictures and took him into custody.

Whalen is at least the third military man caught in the Spotsylvania sting this year. Others showed up for an arranged meeting with the "girl," according to police records.

Timm said detectives have told him that every time they go online posing as a child, someone takes the bait.

To reach KEITH EPPS:540/374-5404kepps@freelancestar.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: hotleololitas; oops; porn; sting
Score another one for the good guys.
1 posted on 07/02/2005 6:51:20 AM PDT by QwertyKPH
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To: QwertyKPH
I wonder who is so stupid to send a nude photo of themselves to someone they haven't even met? And I can tell you women would consider it gross and beneath a guy's class to get - ahem - buff pictures of him in e-mail before there's a relationship. It suggests the fellow has a screw loose somewhere. So the cops caught a loser in the Navy? Go figure.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
2 posted on 07/02/2005 6:55:42 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: QwertyKPH
A 25-year-old sailor is accused of inadvertently sending nude photos of himself to local police.

Now thats self-incrimination! HAHA! Some sleazy lawyer will probably use it to get him acquitted.

3 posted on 07/02/2005 6:55:59 AM PDT by canalabamian (Durka durka...Allah FUBAR!)
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To: QwertyKPH

Since he was sending his photos not to children, but to an adult detective [despite thinking otherwise at the time] - wouldn't they have to re-formulate the charges? Say, "attempted sending pornography over the Internet to children"?


4 posted on 07/02/2005 6:58:02 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: QwertyKPH
He thought he was sending them to a 13-year-old girl--who turned out to be Spotsylvania Detective Barry Stocks, said sheriff's Maj. Michael Timm.

Repeat after me - "it's a not a 13-year-old girl...it's probably a cop...it's not a a 13-year-old girl...it's probably a cop..."

The scary part is that there is probably a non-zero success rate otherwise people wouldn't keep trying.

5 posted on 07/02/2005 7:01:07 AM PDT by garbanzo (Free people will set the course of history)
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To: GSlob
Well... its not kiddie porn but a 25 year old seeking a relationship with 13 year old girl is definitely statutory rape. There's your first sex offense right there. What is it with men seeking out teen-age Lolitas I'll never understand.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
6 posted on 07/02/2005 7:02:48 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: garbanzo
Some people's stupidity just has to be marveled at. You would think they would know better than to ruin their own lives. I guess some get a thrill out of seeing whether they can cheat fate.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
7 posted on 07/02/2005 7:04:44 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: QwertyKPH

wheres the picture of the naked fat guy at his computer?


8 posted on 07/02/2005 7:06:22 AM PDT by Khurkris (Sunshine on my shoulder...sweat on my...uhh...brow..yeah...thats the ticket.)
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To: goldstategop; canalabamian; GSlob; garbanzo
Unfortunately this stupid creepy character got into the Navy. Port towns have enough trouble with "normal" carousing and public drunkeness. They don't pedophiles and sexual predators to boot.
9 posted on 07/02/2005 7:07:18 AM PDT by QwertyKPH (Non-profane tagline)
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To: goldstategop
"There's your first sex offense right there. "
Well, it is not my sex offense, but his. And statutory rape would occur if he did get into a relationship with 13 yrs old girl, which he did not, although he tried. That's why I suggested charging him with an attempt versus actual crime. Besides, one could throw a book at him for an attempt, too.
10 posted on 07/02/2005 7:10:40 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: QwertyKPH

I'm glad they caught him, what a creep!

This happens quite often. I know someone who's dad did this type of work(police officer). I'm glad they are out there protecting our children. Just coincidental this perp happened to be in the Navy.


11 posted on 07/02/2005 7:13:03 AM PDT by ozarkgirl (God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts)
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To: GSlob
Since he was sending his photos not to children, but to an adult detective [despite thinking otherwise at the time] - wouldn't they have to re-formulate the charges? Say, "attempted sending pornography over the Internet to children"?

Good thing all the home burglaries in Spotsylvania have been solved, so this Detective Barry Stocks is keeping busy creating new crimes for him to solve.

Thank good Barry Stocks was not an arson investigator.

For Barry the choice was simple solve real crimes that take hard work, or be a hero.

12 posted on 07/02/2005 7:17:17 AM PDT by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: QwertyKPH

Don't you ever kind of wonder about the cops who are pretending to be 13 year old girls?


13 posted on 07/02/2005 7:26:04 AM PDT by jimboster (Vitajex, whatcha doin' to me)
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To: Mrs Mark

good = God


14 posted on 07/02/2005 7:37:21 AM PDT by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: jimboster
Don't you ever kind of wonder about the cops who are pretending to be 13 year old girls?

I don't. It's just another assignment in the sex crimes division. That would be like saying, don't you wonder about the cops that investigate rape? I understand what you're saying but someone has to do it. I suspect they would only pick very stable and trustworthy individuals to do this job.

15 posted on 07/02/2005 7:37:23 AM PDT by ozarkgirl (God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts)
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To: canalabamian
A 25-year-old sailor is accused of inadvertently sending nude photos of himself to local police.

Wrong tack. The argument should be that any reasonable man would realise this person claiming to be a "13 year old Gitl" was a really a cop. But my client is suffering from a psychological compulsion to send nude photos to cops (psychiatrist will testify to same)

16 posted on 07/02/2005 7:43:37 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (If Rachel Corrie had listened to a military recruiter, she might be alive today)
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To: jimboster
The guy they caught is without doubt a sorry piece of sh--. However, I have reservations about the methods used to entrap him. There is enough real crime on the Internet in relationship to sexual predators. I think their time could be much better spent going after guys that "have done something." When law enforcement uses entrapment, where does it stop?

Remember the Justice Department under Janet Reno? Imagine all law enforcement with a similar mind set.

17 posted on 07/02/2005 7:44:01 AM PDT by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash, Rough Neck, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast (Oil Field Trash was FUN))
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To: Mrs Mark
For Barry the choice was simple solve real crimes that take hard work, or be a hero.

I find your reaction quirky to say the least ... almost what one might expect from the mother of the little pedophile in the sailor suit.

I can think of no crime where prevention is more blessed than after the fact solution.

18 posted on 07/02/2005 8:33:22 AM PDT by iconoclast (Conservative, not partisan..)
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To: goldstategop
What is it with men seeking out teen-age Lolitas I'll never understand.

Actually, men have sought after teen-age Lolitas throughout recorded history. It has only been in recent years that the practice has become illegal.

19 posted on 07/02/2005 8:38:11 AM PDT by Drew68 (IYAOYAS! Semper Gumby!)
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To: goldstategop

What he did was so stupid that one wonders if he learned anything.......


20 posted on 07/02/2005 8:39:03 AM PDT by Loud Mime (We want educated people voting, not indoctrinated)
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To: QwertyKPH
Robert Whalen, who was stationed aboard the USS Eisenhower in Norfolk, is charged with five counts of sending pornography over the Internet to children

Yeah, that'll put a damper on your navy career. I wonder what his rate was. I spent some time aboard the Ike on det a month ago.

21 posted on 07/02/2005 8:41:01 AM PDT by Drew68 (IYAOYAS! Semper Gumby!)
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To: QwertyKPH

All he need do is claim that he thought he was communicating with a thirteen year old boy and he is home scott free. The liberals will come out of the woodwork to defend him.


22 posted on 07/02/2005 8:42:55 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: goldstategop
What is it with men seeking out teen-age Lolitas I'll never understand.

Pure speculation, but young girls tend to look up to older men, especially if they haven't had a decent one in their lives. Then you get men who crave that admiration because they haven't done anything to earn it otherwise. That's my guess anyway.

23 posted on 07/02/2005 9:03:25 AM PDT by kezekiel
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To: QwertyKPH

Part of the Ritter clan?


24 posted on 07/02/2005 9:18:07 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: GSlob
Say, "attempted sending pornography over the Internet to children"?

How about conspiracy to meet a 13 year old girl by sending nude photos of himself to her pimp?

25 posted on 07/02/2005 10:18:38 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Well, since the object of the intended crime - 13yrs old girl - is fictitious and does not even exist except as a figment of his imagination, actual crime charges would be difficult [how does one commit a crime against a figment?], but attempted crime or a conspiracy charges might be possible.


26 posted on 07/02/2005 10:46:19 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: GSlob

Figment abuse?


27 posted on 07/02/2005 11:08:12 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
"Figment abuse?"
You took a VERY slippery legal road: you have just charged everyone who ever had a wet dream...
28 posted on 07/02/2005 11:56:37 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: goldstategop

29 posted on 07/02/2005 11:59:07 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: QwertyKPH
Spotsylvania Detective Barry Stocks

I wonder whether Spotsylvania detectives are allowed to moonlight in Transylvania?

30 posted on 07/02/2005 12:04:47 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: canalabamian
Some sleazy lawyer will probably use it to get him acquitted.

I can see it now... He is dyslexic and thought she was 31 years old!

31 posted on 07/02/2005 12:10:39 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup (The cheese stands alone.)
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To: iconoclast
I find your reaction quirky to say the least ... almost what one might expect from the mother of the little pedophile in the sailor suit.

I can think of no crime where prevention is more blessed than after the fact solution.

I find your reaction quirky to say the least ... almost what one might expect from the mother of the little slut who cant stay out of the bed of anyone in a sailor suit.

Get a hold of your emotions and realize there never actually was a girl in this case.

You may like to jail people for their thoughts, I am glad to say I'm different, I think people should be jailed after they commit a crime. It is a matter of protecting liberty, not to be twisted into a matter of protecting child molesters. Get real.

32 posted on 07/02/2005 2:27:12 PM PDT by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: GSlob
You took a VERY slippery legal road: you have just charged everyone who ever had a wet dream...

That's what they get for falling asleep in the bath tub.

33 posted on 07/02/2005 2:48:14 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Mrs Mark
Get a hold of your emotions and realize there never actually was a girl in this case.

Our "enlightened" nation is already far too liberal in its treatment of these offspring of the devil.

One of this chap's fellow perverts (in Idaho) is at this moment withholding information about the little Groene boy. To protect his sorry ass, presumably.

A more comforting presumption would be that the world has been spared any progeny from the warm hearted Mrs. Mark.

34 posted on 07/03/2005 6:04:07 AM PDT by iconoclast (Conservative, not partisan..)
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To: iconoclast
So if you don't agree with a Witch hunt, you must be the Devil, eh? How enlightened you are.

I asked not to twist a defense of liberty into some sort of support for child molesters, but you seem to be unwilling to do so. Maybe because doing so boosts your self-esteme.

How clear can I be? I am all for punishing those who violate the rights of others. Child molesters do not change their stripes and throwing away the key is fine with me.

If everyone was locked up in jail tomorrow, no banks would be robbed, if I were to say everyone should not be locked up, you would accuse me of supporting bank robbers.

35 posted on 07/03/2005 7:01:05 AM PDT by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: iconoclast
He grabbed girl's arm -- now he's a sex offender

Fitzroy Barnaby said he had to swerve to avoid hitting the 14-year-old Des Plaines girl who walked in front of his car.

She said he yelled, "Come here, little girl," before getting out of his car and grabbing her by the arm.

He said he simply lectured her.

She said she broke free and ran, fearful of what he'd do next.

In a Thursday ruling, the Appellate Court of Illinois said the 28-year-old Evanston man must register as a sex offender.

--snip--

In the criminal case against him, Cook County Judge Patrick Morse said that "it's more likely than not" Barnaby planned only "to chastise the girl" when he grabbed her, but "I can't read his mind."

"I don't really see the purpose of registration in this case. I really don't," Morse said. "But I feel that I am constrained by the statute."

Recognizing the stigma that comes with being labeled as a sex offender, the appellate court said "it is [Barnaby's] actions which have caused him to be stigmatized, not the courts."

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Well iconoclast, Do you think this guy really is a child molester?

36 posted on 07/03/2005 7:40:47 AM PDT by Mark was here (My tag line was about to be censored.)
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To: Mrs Mark
He sounds like another road rage fool, but certainly not a pervert.

I see no relevance to the sailor story.

37 posted on 07/03/2005 10:16:45 AM PDT by iconoclast (Conservative, not partisan..)
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