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A Pedophile, Unabashed, Hovers at the Edge of the Law


Society & Culture  (tags: pedophiles, child molester, children, child, sexual abuse, humans, abuse, crime, world )


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Jack McClellan admits he is attracted to little girls -- yet he has not committed a crime. Just the thoughts in his blog are scaring parents. LOS ANGELES - The search for the self-described pedophile in the large-brimmed black hat commences nearly every



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Saturday July 28, 2007, 6:46 pm
Jack McClellan admits he is attracted to little girls -- yet he has not committed a crime. Just the thoughts in his blog are scaring parents.
LOS ANGELES - The search for the self-described pedophile in the large-brimmed black hat commences nearly every day, with findings posted on chat rooms frequented by mothers.

He was spotted at a fair in Santa Clarita. He recently emerged from the Social Security office on Olympic Boulevard. He tapped away on a computer at the library in Mar Vista. Warnings have gone out. Signs have been posted.

And yet unlike convicted sex offenders, who are required to stay away from places that cater to children, in this case the police can do next to nothing, because this man, Jack McClellan, who has had websites detailing how and where he likes to troll for children, appears to be doing nothing illegal.

But his mere presence in Los Angeles -- coupled with McClellan's commitment to exhibitionistic blogging about his thoughts on little girls -- has set parents on edge. One group of mothers, whose members by and large have never met one another before, will soon band together in a coffee shop to hammer out plans to push lawmakers in Sacramento to legislate McClellan out of business.

"Just the idea that this person could get away with what he was doing and no one could press charges has made me angry," said Jane Thompson, a stay-at-home mother in East Los Angeles who recently read McClellan's comments about a festival in her neighborhood in which he appeared to be describing her child.

Embracing pedophilia

Two months ago, McClellan said, he was more or less run out of Washington state, where he lived off and on with his parents, after the news media there and various websites drew attention to his activities, making him worry about his safety and that of his family. He had been posting nonsexual pictures of children on a website intended to promote the acceptance of pedophiles, and to direct other pedophiles to events and places where children tended to gather.

So he moved to Los Angeles, where he was born, to try to live a Southern California version of his former life. The climate was one draw, said McClellan in an interview last week. But also, "There are so many world-class children's attractions here, Disneyland, festivals and what not."

McClellan's website was shut down by its host several weeks ago but he intends to start again, he said, with a Dutch host. On the site, he has described fairs, festivals and other places he hits at least three days a week, all to the disgust and fury of parents.

It is both his actions and inactions that vex law enforcement officials here, who, while suggesting that they keep an eye on McClellan when they can, say they have no legal recourse against him.

"If you look at things he has posted, clearly he is a pedophile," said Lt. Thomas Sirkel, who works in the Special Victim's Unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Has he acted on it? I can't say," Sirkel said. "But I've been in this business for 20 years, and I have never seen one who has not."

McClellan, who is 45, refers to himself as a pedophile but says he has never actually sexually touched a child, simply "embraced them in a nonsexual way, mostly in Latin American countries."

He says he has never been convicted of a sex crime, and law enforcement officials in Los Angeles say they know of no convictions.

Sirkel would not say whether his department had McClellan under surveillance.

"Why should I tell him about our tactics?" Sirkel said. But he added: "I'd like to know where he is at, what he is doing and watch him awhile. I think he is possibly a dangerous man. In my opinion, he is a threat to children in this community, and people in the community are real concerned about him."

'Jack' sightings

Two Web-based groups, Peachhead (peachheadfamilies.com), which caters largely to mothers on the West Side of Los Angeles, and Booby Brigade, its counterpart across town, have been abuzz with chatter about "Jack" sightings, and some parents have taken to posting photos of him in parks, downloaded from the Web.

"This one really angered people," said Linda Perry, who runs Peachhead, referring to McClellan.

McClellan has been somewhat elusive. He lives largely in his car, he said, although he says he occasionally rents rooms. Asked how he makes a living, he would say only that he lives off of "public assistance, the kind where you're not allowed to work."

Mothers from Pasadena to Marina Del Ray will soon gather to discuss possible legislative options, Thompson said.

Theirs will likely be a difficult road. While posting pictures of children in sexual situations is a felony, posting them fully clothed in everyday situations is not, even in the context of sexualizing them by proxy, so to speak, First Amendment scholars said. Further, while inciting others to commit crimes can be illegal, it is unclear whether giving people links to children's book fairs is criminal.

"It is an interesting case," said Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Volokh cited a federal statute that bars the posting of bombmaking information on the Web, and suggested that a similar statute banning information that helps people find children to molest could be enacted, perhaps. But simply providing information about where children gather was not likely to constitute such a crime, he said.

So for now, then, many Angelenos will continue to track and record McClellan's every move. Perry, of Peachhead, noted that the city was full of convicted child molesters.

Said Perry: "At least we know who he is and what he looks like."
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday July 28, 2007, 7:33 pm
by and large, jack is an admitted pedophile. it's a damn shame that he has to ACT on this perversion, before law enforcement can act on it. how rehensible is this case. i don't find it an 'interesting case' as mr. volokh states, i find it alarming, horrific and morally disgusting. that's what he should of said. well...i said it. any man/woman who harbors sexual emotions towards a child needs help. he needs to get it before these mothers in LA get a hold of him....glad they are keeping an eye on him too. good post, thanx!
 

Pamela R. (159)
Saturday July 28, 2007, 7:36 pm
Scary!
 

Charles C. (160)
Saturday July 28, 2007, 10:04 pm
This man does not want help, he wants a little girl, and if he is not stopped soon, his desires will come to fruition!!!
Someone is going to end up taking the law into their own hands if they do not stop this sicko soon!
I know if I lived there and had a young daughter, it would be a consideration for me!!!
Noted and forwarded, thanks Drew....
 

Donna B. (13)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 3:36 am
Noted. Thanks Drew for posting. This was very , very disgusting news. I am aghast that the L.A. law officials are " ...keeping an eye on McClellan WHEN THEY CAN..." When they CAN? ??? Huh? This pervert needs full-time survelliance!!!! It's obvious he's eluding the law by living in his car and moving around the greater L.A. area.( a HUGE, hundreds of miles radius area!). Maybe the LAPD can stop the pedophile for any little traffic infraction he makes, ( or 'suspect' he might have made)--or, better yet, seek out to this known braggart pedophile FIRST any time a child in L.A. & vicinity is reported missing , molested, or abducted., and cart his sorry a** into jail for extremely long questioning sessions. ( this will happen very often since L.A. has so many kids molested, missing, or abducted each month). His computer needs to be confiscated at each of the "questionings", "for evidence". Make his life HELL. All the L.A. area libraries need to post his picture as a "known pedophile" , and ban him so he cannot access any computers there or hang around the children's section. Maybe these measures are already being done , since the article alludes to the fact that the authorities don't wish to divulge abything about their tactics. I just hope everything that can possibly be done, is truly being done. It's great that mother's groups in the area have photos of this sicko but as Charles C. notes, it's only a matter of time before his "desires" will come to fruition. As another commenter posts, this poor excuse for a human being had better hope that someone other than the police doesn't get to him first...or maybe that IS the solution! Ugh.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 4:17 am
In this case domestic monitoring might nbe justified
 

Carolyn T. (234)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 4:58 am
Sadly, this is an unusual situation in that he has not sexually molested, and you cannot be arrested for your thoughts and predelictons. However, I pose this question. I thought "pimping" could get you arested and that is what he is with his posts to others about places, events to go to watch children--he is a pedophilia pimp! Whatever person acts against any child and whose emails can be searched to see if he helped in any way should make him an accessory to the crime, wouldn't you think? I wonder if, on the basis of participating in pedophilia-related postings can't get him picked up, then remanded for treatment? That would get him off the streets and off the Internet for a little while. There are laws that can so broadly construed by judges--particularly sympathetic judges--that they can hold him for observation, recommend psychiatir evaluation, etc. in a bid for time. This is a great example of "flexing" the law for the highest possible public good. Even the appeals process would buy time. Just a thought on how approaching getting him off the street might be do-able.
 

Ron Tebo (0)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 8:14 am
Hello,

My name is Ron Tebo and I am the creator of the anti Jack McClellan web site http://www.jackmcclellan.com. You can find updated information that site and download a photo of Jack to post in your community.

Jack has not been charged with a crime (nor does he have a record); however his comments and actions warrant observation. If you see ANYONE taking photos of your children act SWIFTLY and without hesitation.

Safety of our children should always be priority and maybe in a strange way we can thank Jack for being so open a careless. Because of Jack, lawmakers are moving at warp speed to change our ridiculous laws.

In addition to Jack, watch out for the Pedo King himself Lindsay Ashford. He is disgusting (and extremely ugly) and his actions are unforgiving. Read about Lindsay on my anti Jack site too.

Our next project...www.pedoscum.com.

Thank you all for your support.

Ron Tebo
Anti Jack www.jackmcclellan.com
 

Jaclin S. (230)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 1:31 pm
Noted. It is really frightening the lengths some will go to in making their bestial immaginings come to fruition and this person is no different from all those other pedophiles out there - they are a disgusting apology for a human being - My heart goes out to all the parents who must watch out every minute of their day for animals like this who prey on little girls!!
Love & Light
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 4:01 pm
This man is conducting and showing other child molesters how OFFEND. Excuse me, but isn't this in fact a crime by assocciation? WASHINGTON STATE HAS VERY RIDGED LAWS, and I can't see why the authorities haven't done their jobs. I'll bet you that there are many unsolved child molestation cases in the area that this whackjob lived in Washington state. I'll bet you that if they were to check in their own data base, check their DNA with this whackjob..that they will have a a winner to match with this nutjob.
Brillant job Washinton state. This state allowed the unlawful prosecution of innocent parents in Wenatchee Washington in the the 1980-1990's. Wrongful prosecution while this sick SOB walks free. Typical ....******
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 4:06 pm
http://www.skeptictank.org/hs/fmemcase.htm

Implanting False Memories of Child Abuse into Children


While child molestation is a detestable crime, in entirely too many cases it is alleged without any sort of proof whatsoever and is the result of mass-hysteria and/or the implantation of false memories by "therapists"...

THIS is the true child abuse.

I wouldn't be surprised to discover that nothing happened here or if it did, it would have been limited to a perpetrator or two, not dozens.

I trace the problem to people whose lives are bland middle-class vacuums and who don't have the courage to seek real excitement by joining the French Foreign Legion or a mountain rescue team or something. Instead they live bland little lives and become enamored of TV and the fantasy life it offers. They truly WANT to be victims of the crime-of-the-week so that they gain status in their own eyes and others.

Suddenly they are special and their life has excitement. But no one actually wants to be raped so they do the next best thing: imagine it happened to their kid.

I live right next door to Fall River MA and there are a couple of hopelessly innocent grandparents doing time for molesting their grand kids. In the local coverage of the story it was revealed that that the therapist asked repetitive leading questions of these 5 or 6 year olds regarding events that supposedly happened when they were 3 or so. The "therapist" is a "true believer" who thinks that kids don't lie or fantasize; that 30-50% of all kids are fucked regularly by their caretakers; that you can't implant memories; and the assertion by a child that nothing happened is proof of sexual abuse.

Talk about your fucking witch hunt.

If the kid says they were abused, they were abused. If the kid says they weren't abused they were abused.

The insanity of true believers is not limited to the religiously inclined although a good case could be made that the so-called talking therapies (which do not work any better than no therapy at all) are but superstitions themselves. As I understand it '"real scientists" such as Sagan laugh(ed) at the pretensions of the talking therapists when they consider their practice a science. It is an art; perhaps useful for some folks, but the talking therapies are an art more akin to novel writing, not science.

Sincerely,
Caroline



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4 Exonerated in Sex Case Now Suing

By PEGGY ANDERSEN
.c The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) - Horror stories began spilling out of Wenatchee four years ago, when dozens of parents were accused of having orgies with children - their own and others'. Another mass child-molestation case from a little-known town had found its way onto the map.

Ultimately, 19 people were convicted or pleaded guilty. But at least four others were exonerated, and now they are back in court, suing their accusers for $100 million.

Pentecostal pastor Robert ``Roby'' Roberson, his wife, Connie, Sunday school teacher Honnah Sims and parishioner Connie Rodriguez say they were victimized by investigators who bullied children into giving false testimony and adults into confessing to crimes they didn't commit.

The case, they say, was the twisted obsession of the chief investigator, Wenatchee police Officer Robert Perez, whose two foster daughters were among the dozens of child accusers.

The four are suing the city and its police force, Douglas County and its sheriff's department, the state and its Department of Social and Health Services, and one social worker. The civil trial has been going on for nine weeks.

Authorities from Wenatchee, an apple-growing community of 35,000 on the eastern slopes of the Cascades 150 miles east of Seattle, stand by their handling of the investigation.

Twenty-eight people were charged in the case. Of those who pleaded guilty or were convicted, 12 remain in prison, their children scattered in foster care or adoptive homes. One conviction was overturned on appeal, five appeals failed and three are pending.

The Robersons, who were accused of being leaders of the sex ring, and Sims were acquitted in 1995. Charges against Rodriguez were dropped when four of five young accusers recanted.

Attorney Robert Van Siclen, who won the acquittals and is representing the four in the civil trial, told the jury that the investigation was a locomotive that ``slipped its brakes and is careening down a hill.''

Perez's name has come up often in testimony.

A former social worker who said he was fired for criticizing the investigation testified that Perez was abrasive and threatening when he questioned people.

Once in 1994, the former social worker said, Perez placed his gun on the table as he repeatedly told a third-grader that she wouldn't be allowed to go back to school until she told him about abuse. ``She was very scared and she started to cry,'' the witness said.

The biological parents of the two foster children in Perez's home confessed to sex abuse during the scandal, but their mother - who is illiterate, with an IQ of 68 - told the civil jury she confessed only because ``I was scared and I didn't know what to do.''

She said Perez told her ``if I would tell him something, he would let me go - he wouldn't put me in jail.''

In the years since the case first made headlines, fears of child molestation have given way to concerns that the accused - mostly ignorant, poor people with limited resources and few allies - were trampled by a criminal justice system out of control, driven by community hysteria.

It wouldn't be the first time.

Among other lurid mass child-abuse cases of the 1980s to fall apart in the courts under similar circumstances are the McMartin preschool case in California, the Little Rascals case in North Carolina, the Margaret Kelly Michaels case in New Jersey and the Fells Acres case in Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who has sided with defendants in other sex cases, testified that authorities in Wenatchee should have been more skeptical.

``The sheer number of rapes and sodomy going on for so many years while nobody noticed, you'd think, would have raised a red flag in someone's mind,'' she said.

Roberson said he was targeted for prosecution after he stood up for the parents of the two girls who lived with Perez. Similarly, Ms. Sims testified that she was charged after she tried to raise money to help the Robersons fight.

``It was nothing I thought would happen in America,'' Ms. Sims said. She and her husband were ``scared to death. We felt we were being swept up in something bigger than we could handle.'' And the acquittal didn't help. ``They're still calling me a child molester to this day,'' Ms. Sims said.

One of the girls who lived in Perez's home, now 14 and in foster care elsewhere, testified that her sex allegations were true. She said dozens of adults assaulted dozens of children in the basement of Roberson's church and in homes several times a week.

The other of Perez's former foster daughters is hospitalized for emotional problems and didn't testify.

Perez said in an interview that he did his job properly.

``I'll never apologize for the work I did,'' he said. ``Obviously no investigation is perfect, but it was as perfect as I could make it within the constraints I was bound by.''

AP-NY-06-04-98 1528EDT




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Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 4:13 pm
This makes me angry do to the fact that so many offenders walk from one state to another just to injure and destroy children in another state. And yet innocent people are tried unjustly for just being poor, and not liked by a police officer who had his own agenda.
 

Melanie T. (82)
Sunday July 29, 2007, 4:55 pm
Noted/ Thanx Drew and Charles, I agree with you Charles scary!
 

Heather Owen (0)
Monday July 30, 2007, 12:22 pm
And this is the kind of sick crap that my hard-earned tax dollars are funding. I hope he rots!!
 

Kari D. (192)
Tuesday July 31, 2007, 6:17 pm
SCUM Noted
 

Noyb Noyb (0)
Friday August 3, 2007, 10:22 pm
Just another excuse to roll our civil liberties back even further. However, no one cares about "trivial" things such as that anymore...
 

Holly Marquis (0)
Sunday August 26, 2007, 11:53 am
This guy should be put in a psych ward, he needs help. I am by no means promoting suicide but if a person threatens to kill themselves, where do they end up? Keep in mind they are causing no physical harm to anyone else. If a person threatens to bomb a government building, what happens to them? It is scary that we can not protect our children from people who want to harm them! This is takinf "freedom of speach" too far. This is a terroristic threat and should be addressed as so! I would like to see this issue addressed in the elections.
 

Trudy C. (6)
Monday May 16, 2011, 4:52 pm
He is a ticking time bomb. Wonder how many pre-verbal victims he has left behind him? Wouldn't surprise me if he has gotten away with it already, if 'only' non-violent touching incidents where the victim was too innocent to even be scared.
 
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