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Crime and Punishment

Alleged Pedophile On the Lam Caught in Nepal With Facial Recognition Software

Gotcha. (fbi.gov)

Nearly a decade and a half after fleeing New Mexico, an accused kidnapper and child sex offender was tracked down in Nepal using facial recognition technology.

Juggler and magic shop owner Neil Stammer jumped bail fourteen years ago, after being accused in 1999 of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree, kidnapping, criminal sexual contact of a minor, bribery of a witness, and battery, the BBC reports. Read More

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Sexting Teen Escapes Having Penis Photographed by Police, Gets One Year Probation

Mr. Sims. (Screengrab: NBC)

Last month, we brought you the disturbing story of that Virginia teen sexting case — you know, the one that somehow escalated to the point of police wanting to photograph a boy’s erect penis so they could convict him on child pornography charges.

Now, following a trial that lasted over two hours, 17-year-old Trey Sims has been put on one-year probation, NBC Washington reports. The judge deemed Mr. Sims neither guilty nor not-guilty. Read More

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Cops Want to Photograph a Boy’s Penis to Charge Him With Child Pornography

Besties. (Photo: Getty)

Authorities in Virginia are planning to take a bizarre — and utterly despicable — route to convict a teen on child pornography charges: forcing him to get a boner and taking photos of his erect penis.

A 17-year-old Manassas City teen was charged with two child pornography-related felonies after his 15-year-old girlfriend’s mother reported him for sexting, the Washington Post reports. Now, the teen, whose name was withheld by the Post, is facing a search warrant that would allow law enforcement officials to take him to a hospital, give him an erection-inducing needle, and photograph his penis. Read More

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Man Arrested For Sexting Cop With Lingerie Selfies

Mr. Kirleis. (Collier County Sheriff's Office)

A 30-year-old Florida man was arrested on Sunday morning after sending a slew of lewd selfies to an unsuspecting cop.

The man, Paul Kirleis, first called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious vehicle, Wink News reports. A police officer returned the call on his department-issued cell phone. Mr. Kirleis allegedly followed up by texting the cop six times, and then sending him naked and lingerie-clad selfies. Read More

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Police Warn Not to Hunt and Attack Thieves Using ‘Find My iPhone’

This is what we imagine phone thieves look like. Do not approach! (photo via *Sax, CC-BY-2.0)

Apps that track your mobile devices are great for that Sunday morning when you can’t figure out if your phone is at the club, in a cab, or just in your damn pocket. But be careful where your phone-finding quest takes you — you could wind up meeting the person who stole it, and they might not be excited to see you.

Police are more and more concerned that apps like “Find My iPhone” are encouraging people to chase down and confront thieves, according to the New York Times. Theft victims have done everything from setting elaborate traps for thieves to teaming up with friends for a vigilante joy-ride — apparently hammers are popular on the list of scary weapons with which to intimidate phone-snatchers. Read More