It astounds me to continue to read stories about people who are arrested for soliciting sex from minors over the Internet.
Some of our papers recently published a report of Patrick J. Newton, a 28-year-old Western Springs resident who was arrested Jan. 2 in Elmhurst for allegedly using the Internet to solicit sex with a 15-year-old girl. Elmhurst police officials said Newton thought he was communicating with the teenage girl but was actually having an online dialogue with law enforcement agents.
What I find to difficult to believe is that these guys continue to get caught, despite the fact that at least one of these Internet stings seems to make it into the newspapers every month. I have to believe that most of these conversations are with police officers, not juveniles — when are these mopes going to learn?
It’s a good thing these people are as dumb as they are, otherwise it would be more difficult to catch them. The law enforcement agents dedicated to putting sex offenders in prison deserve our ongoing appreciation.