I apologize for missing a blog entry last week. It’s been a very odd time for me – busy, stressful, uncertain. I have had quite a few new people find me who are also victims, or loved ones of victims, in the ‘entrapment for money’ Ponzi scheme concocted by LE across the country.
When last I left you I had written to all 61 ICAC offices across the U.S. I heard back from 2. And I really do appreciate that those 2 replied, and held a conversation with me. They are Louisiana and Fresno (California has multiple ICAC offices).
The ICAC commander from Louisiana stated “I can assure you that the Louisiana ICAC along with all other states does abide by the guidelines set forth by the DOJ. “
I responded that in truth I have not heard of someone from Louisiana so it is perhaps true that they follow the guidelines in Louisiana. I informed him that we know for a FACT many states do not. He replied with “I can assure you that all of our undercover operatives across the state of Louisiana apply by all ICAC operational standards.” Which I felt was heartfelt. I am very glad to hear that the officers in Louisiana take the rules seriously.
The other respondent, Fresno, was a lot less friendly. I am not surprised really cause I had just spoken to a man out of Fresno. He and his wife are crazy with worry about their son caught in one of these. Their son has a history of depression and emotional anxiety, he had just turned 20, and went on an adult dating app looking for friends. Sound familiar?!?!?
After hearing the girl was a minor sexual contact was off the table but the boy said they could be friends and hang out. No doubt he was foolish to continue but definitely NOT a child predator and DOESN’T deserve punishment. But of course the Fresno ICAC couldn’t care less. They have proudly announced catching another group of predators and are keeping those streets safe! Lets hear it for ICAC Fresno!
Lt. Brandon Pursell, ICAC task force commander in Fresno CA, stated they “do not target law abiding citizens.” My response:
“Clearly you do target law abiding citizens, and then lie about it, when you post ads that say nothing about children and then switch to ‘I’m a minor’ down the road. That would be targeting law abiding citizens. You have no reason to believe, even remotely, until that point that they are in any way interested in a child. Yet on press releases that piece isn’t mentioned. Instead you speak of “stranger danger’ with your quotes about luring in children, when it’s been proven well over 90% of victims are abused by someone they know.
“ICAC detectives say online predators often pretend to be someone else to lure children in and take advantage of them. “
So again, I ask you – why does ICAC target innocent men instead of just following tips, leds, and actual reports of sexual abuse and rape. Are all those cases closed? Where the victim is waiting for justice? Why go looking to make new criminals?
Respectfully, Kathleen Hambrick”
“We follow all rules and we target those people trying to hurt children. We are good people doing the right thing for the right reasons. You are blind to it due to your sons problem.”
Followed by the real Lt. Pursell who then wrote me:
“Good luck in your journey to stop people from helping children.”