There is some strange stuff happening in Texas. I opened thethis morning and learned that a Kaufman district attorney killed himself.
The former Kaufman County District Attorney committed suicide Sunday when police tried to arrest him at his Terrell home on a warrant tied to a child-predator sting.
Murphy police Sgt. Snow Robertson said Louis “Bill” Conradt Jr. solicited sex from a decoy posing online as a 13-year-old boy.
Apparently Dateline and Perverted Justice set up shop down the street from me, in Murphy, and lured men to the small city with promises of sex with children. Mr. Conradt had not actually gone to the Murphy address to meet Dateline and police, but a warrant was issued anyway.
In the same sting, awas arrested.
Records, however, show that Mr. Kendall teaches at Spence Middle School. That would put him in daily contact with children about the same age as the 13- to 14-year-old whom authorities say the suspects thought they were soliciting over the Internet.
Mr. Kendall remained in the Collin County Jail late Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail and couldn’t be reached.
In similar, the death of Leander Middle School’s-vice principal has been ruled a suicide.
On Oct. 5, Joe Ramirez was found in his burned-down home. The medical examiner says he died of smoke inhalation and burns.
It happened at his house in the Williamson County town of Andice just hours after Ramirez learned he was under investigation for a complaint of inappropriate conduct with a student.
It is really interesting to me that people who work in schools and law enforcement seem to be the first caught with dirty thoughts. (see here ,here, and here.) Homeland Stupidity made the point a while back that using decoys pretending to be children in these online hunts actually busts people for thought crimes.,
As much as it bothers me that someone this high up in the federal government likes having sex with children, it bothers me even more that anyone can go to prison for nothing more than the thoughts inside his head. For that’s all Doyle has done. He only thought about sex with children. There were no actual children involved.
I actually felt the same way at the time, but in Texas, an Internet IM session is enough for arrest. I think that the stings actually hurt more than they help and I certainly don’t like them happening down the street. I amwho feels that way.
The Murphy City Council is considering firing the city manager and police chief because they approved an Internet sex sting that brought pedophiles into a neighborhood filled with children.
“Everybody’s mad,” said Michael Romero, who lives nearby and has two daughters, 4 and 5. “Why are they drawing these people into our little, quiet neighborhood?”
Sounds like a valid concern to me. The mayor called Perverted Justice a “vigilante group” and said that Murphy is off limits.
Mr. Baldwin, the mayor, said he considers Perverted Justice a “vigilante group” that is belittling the community. The group and Dateline should not plan another sting in Murphy, he said.
“I’d just hate to see Murphy drug through the mud and see us become the poster child for the Perverted Justice debate.”
This is going to be very interesting. Collin County has concerned citizens and I do not see the parents in Murphy letting this one go.
Update: I was contacted by a person who acts as a decoy in these types of cases. (Not Peverted Justice) I must admit that I learned a lot about the nature of these busts and how the decoys work. The decoys are not law enforcement, so there is no entrapment. The group I talked to operates without donations or funding. They do not do the job to harass individuals- they do it to get true predators off the Internet and in prison. They have a 100% conviction rate and do not bother with questionable offenses like a 19 year old chatting up a 14 year old. They do not initiate contact, and if the overage profile attempts to back out of the chat, they allow it to happen. The profiles used are real children, though children are never involved in the chat. The group does not accept awards or payment of any kind and prefers to remain anonymous. I expressed the NIMBY concern that I had. It was reported that a fleeing suspect threw a bag of cocaine in the Murphy neighborhood. The source acknowledged that problem, but overall seemed above reproach in motive and effort. It certainly seemed to me, after hearing examples, that the group succeeded in truly assisting in the justice process. I appreciate that I was able to learn more about some of the programs out there.