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Posted on 03/19/2012 11:07:03 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
An Illinois father of three faces a potential $750 fine and possible criminal charges after he pulled over to ask two teenage girls if they needed a ride during a snow storm on March 2, 2012. Rodney Peterson says he was simply trying to be a good Samaritan by trying to help the girls, not harm them. Peterson says he saw two young girls, ages 13, leave a Shell gas station in the Barrington, Illinois area on cold wintery day without coats, umbrellas or hoods. He said he pulled over and asked them how far they were walking and they just waved him on and he obliged. He told CBS Chicago that his actions were a case of, a good deed gone wrong.
Petersons wife of 12 years, who is also pregnant with their fourth child said that the act was misinterpreted.
The Petersons fully understand why the girls called police. The girls claimed the offer made them uncomfortable, but what the Petersons dont understand, is why the Barrington police are charging him.
The Barrington police defend their actions however. They say he should have called police to offer the girls a ride if he felt they were in danger. They say both girls were alarmed and disturbed by Petersons actions. Peterson is due in court some time today.
The Barrington Pigs are the villains in this story. Both evil and stupid.
How do I know? Simple logic condemns them. They charged him with disorderly conduct. That's logically absurd. Either he's totally innocent (obvious), or they needed to throw the book at him.
I would like to see Barrington's tax rate go up to pay a judgement to this man. That would teach the sheeple of Barrington a nice lesson!
I had a music store back in the eighties from where I gave music instructions on a certain night.There was a room for that purpose only.There were 9 girls and 3 boys.The amount of knowledge they could absorb was stunning.
But,I had one student that DID NOT WANT to learn.Dad pressured her[even though he played]to have her take lessons from me.For the student,it was a traumatic experience.Her mother tried to make me give her lessons so I tried to allow her mom to sit in.No go.If the child made a mistake, the first thing she did was look at her mom.It became very sad as all the child did was cry.I finally told her mom,no more.I can and will not force anyone to play if the desire was not there.After her mother screaming at me and more or less threaten me,it was over.Poor child.At any time,[which i never gave much thought to]any student could have made an ugly made up story about me[he touched me!]and my world would never have been the same.In this day and age would I ever do it again??NO WAY
Same with Scouting.I feel after all the extensive Military training I have under my belt I could teach the skills of first aid, compass,all the basics a scout needs.No Way It only takes one incident to derail your life.Or one spoiled little child who is mad for whatever reason or another.[No playstation,T.V.,etc.]
If the girls were not where they were supposed to be, or were to get in trouble for breaking curfew for something, there'd be no limit to the lies they would tell to save their own butts.
should be “or something.”
With a bulky jacket and all I couldn't tell gender - but I stopped and asked if they wanted a ride.
A woman turned with a white face of fear and terror and said “NO!!!!!”.
“OK then.” And I drove off. I was a bit taken aback by her fear. I mean - I might be tempted to cut her up and leave her dead in a ditch - but then I would have been late for class and messed up my >3.7 GPA!!!/s
trying to do the police job?
Taking food out of the cops family mouth and all that....
Throw the book at him and make an example of him.
Going off only what I've read here on this thread.....
Either there's a lot more to this story than what we're reading regarding the male subject (possible, less likely).
Or, these two girls are looking for attention (good possibility)....
Or their parents are hyperventillating liberals who overreact at the slightest provocation (I'd bet on this one - "Yeah Mom, this old guy tried to give us a ride home...." and they're off to the races.)
It will be interesting to see what a judge/jury does with this...if in fact the DA is dumb enough to pursue it!
It’s risky...Our society has been brainwashed into thinking that all men are sexual predators, when in fact it is aberrant behavior.
And you shouldn't. Look after yourself first and foremost. There is no way in hell that I would get involved with anyone "on the street" notwithstanding my state's Good Samaritan Law. I will take my chances with prosecution under that law.
Given the society in which we now live, one should look after himself and himself only. Call me callous but that's the way I feel.
My Mom used to take the blood pressure of an elderly gentleman who lived locally. He'd never come during the day, only weekends when my Dad was home, because he didn't think it was proper for him - "An unattached Man", as he put it - to call upon a married lady when she was by herself. :-) People might talk, I suppose.
As an aside, he bathed only on alternate months, I think, and made a few extra bucks by hunting and running a trap line to boot. The dog LOVED it when he came by, she'd sniff him up one side and down the other.
I am a music teacher.
Your story touched my heart.
They explained that the girls, their parents and a local school were very concerned because of this situation.
What do you bet it was the school that created this?
About 30 years ago, I coached a girls' softball team (my daughter played on the team). The ages were 10-13. Parents used games and practices for baby-sitting, and many evenings I would sit until ALL were picked up by their parents, or, on occasion, would provide shuttle service as requested, driving them home when parents "couldn't make it".
Now, when I think of how the country has changed, I would NEVER think of doing that today, as ambulance-chasers and Liberal mothers would jump on the opportunity to make a buck by making FALSE accusations, and you would ALWAYS be branded a pervert, while doing NOTHING but good deeds.
For many years, my wife traveled on her job and often was not home when Halloween rolled around, I was home alone, so I would turn off all outside lights and refuse to answer the door. This article is why.
Hmmmm. Interesting point. Wonder if the girls were someplace that they shouldn't have been and this makes for a good misdirection on everyone's behalf?
Reason I say that is because I've got plenty of experience in cutting class and walking down to the local gas station for a soda and (more often than not) a pack of smokes.
The powers that be did away with smoking at the school when I was a junior (I think) so we'd just cut class, buy them at the local quickie stop (their motto: "Not old enough? Whatever.), and have a smoke on the way back to school.
“Have a nice day, officers. You can come back with a warrant.”
Absolutely correct! If the wife wasn’t there, go get a witness. Never say anything to the police without a witness and a lawyer.
The summons to court serves the same function as an indictment. No DA needed. The police officers provide the "charging" function in this case. The defendant can either plead guilty and pay the fine, or plead innocent in front of the judge.
And folks wonder why people don't help their neighbors, let alone strangers.
It is because an all powerful government doesn't want you interferring with peoples dependence on government. The police said he should have called the police if he was concerned about the girls safety............. what a statement about both society and what some police view as our ability to help one another.
Only if it were a line item on the tax bill for something like "police litigation settlement tax" Otherwise they'll just blame it on prices of everything going up.
I think this approach should be used for other town taxes as well. I think there should be a line item for "Road Crew Idleness tax" and a School Union Perpetuation Tax"
“The summons to court serves the same function as an indictment. No DA needed. The police officers provide the “charging” function in this case. The defendant can either plead guilty and pay the fine, or plead innocent in front of the judge. “
What are you pleading to? What would go on his record?
Even the fact that he was charged/ticketed goes on his record. The ticket is for disorderly conduct.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The story below was based on several news stories based entirely on the word of Rodney Peterson, who claimed he simply offered to give two underdressed teenagers a ride home in a snowstorm. Peterson on Monday pled guilty to a Disorderly Conduct charge. Why? Because his story was mostly bogus. We received this note from the Office of the Chief of Police in Barrington:The Truth About Our Stranger-Danger Society - Slade Sohmer (hypervocal.com)
He was sentenced by Judge Anthony Iosco to two years supervision, a $400 fine and prohibited from having contact with the two students or their families. Mr. Peterson was represented by an attorney in the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows, IL. The students and their families were present in court.Police provided evidence to the Village Prosecutor that, contrary to news reports and Mr. Peterson's statements to police and the press, there was no snowstorm yet nor was it snowing at the time of the incident. Further, investigation leading up to the charges showed that the students were dressed properly for the weather in coats and one wearing boots. That evidence came from area business security camera video and squad car camera video of unrelated police traffic stops at the time the incident first occurred.
After first spotting the students at a gas station Mr. Peterson lost sight of them. A couple minutes later after paying for his gas, he drove down the alley into the neighborhood to look for them. They were not in any distress or in need of any assistance whatsoever. It wasn't dark out and they were in a residential neighborhood. Mr. Peterson tried to engage the students, asking them how far they had to walk home and if they needed a ride. The students said they did not have far to walk and waived him on.
I have been Old Uncle to several generations of kids in my parish, have taught confirmation class without another adult in attendance; I give rides home to stranded kids, and sit with them and with grandmothers after events when their rides are late. I have taken kids to piano lessons and home. I am conscious of the possibilities that would normally pertain but this is a Vietnamese parish and they are not so Americanized yet that I fear those possibilities. I do NOT offer aid or protection to anyone outside this community or my family.
This ordinance only applies to White people in ObamHolder world.
That is so sad, but I understand exactly where you are coming from.
On the other hand I see another phenomena occurring, and partly because of that attitude, there are far more parents at games and practices than there were in the past. That I think is a good thing. Occasionally we share off with the parents of some of my daughter's friends, but generally we're all there.
If you hear of the final disposition, please ping me to it.
“Or their parents are hyperventillating liberals who overreact at the slightest provocation (I’d bet on this one - “Yeah Mom, this old guy tried to give us a ride home....” and they’re off to the races.)”
I have seen the crazies libs do just about everything, at one time or another.
I once saw two women pushing a baby carriage in icy weather along a road that was between two towns. It didn’t appear to me that there were any nearby residences, so I was concerned they, especially the baby, might freeze on what was bound to be long walk. So, knowing that my efforts to be a good Samaritan would probably be misinterpreted, I offered them a ride which they turned down. Still think I did the right thing.
Motorist Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct After Offering Lift To Teen Girls
No good deed goes unpunished.
I read the article about his guilty plea, and the facts alleged by the police, if true, make it more likely that they guy had more than interest in their safety in mind, and merits some investigation of him. HOWEVER, until they make it a crime for an adult to offer a ride to a juvenile, what this guy did is still not a crime, and he should not have been charged. It would have been ok for the parents to get a restraining order against him, but there was no criminal act as far as I can see.
Looks like child protective services could now grab his kids. I will never offer a stranger a ride again!
Why has no one posted a photo of the guy so that the women of FR could determine his guilt or innocence?
see post 87
The bad news, if you haven’t heard it yet, is that the national pedofile hysteria virus has infected this very forum as well.
And the girls certainly did the right thing by not getting in the car with a stranger. Back in the 60s, we, both boys and girls were taught never to get in a car with a stranger.
It is a sad commentary on our times when assuming the worst is the prudent course.
The real villains of the situation are not the police but predatory minority who cast suspicions on an innocent majority.
Sad but all too true. You also see many men leery of volunteering for anything that has to do with children, be it Little League coach, Scout leader or even just having friends of your children over your house or in your car. The potential liability is just too great. Just one false accusation of anything improper will utterly destroy your life - and some of the kids are savvy enough to know it too.
Glad my kids were of a different generation and are grown up now.
There does seem to be a shift from the prudent caution of the old days to a PC blanket suspicion of males as potential predators. Another fruit of the hyper-secular society beloved of the left.
It’s not yet a crime to act creepy. That seems to be what the guy did, if the police are to be believed.
>>>The real lesson is, if you are a man, never help a woman or child.<<<
Soon to be: Never be alone with a woman or child who is not of your immediate family. And even then be prepared to record the proceedings.
What a way to live......