Any crime against children bothers me, but this one more than most.
I'd like to start by saying that my brother-in-law is a police officer and I respect his job and love him dearly so this blog is not meant to bash cops in any way.
A Wisconsin Rapids Police Lieutenant was arrested Wednesday for child enticement. He is accused of pretending he was a teenage girl online and asking young boys to send naked pictures of themselves. At no time did the officer have physical contact with a child. Read the whole story here.
This is certainly not the worst story in the news right now, but it gets under my skin more because of the man's profession. We teach our children to trust police officers. We tell them that they can go to a cop if they are lost, scared, hurt, or in danger, but then something like this happens and it makes parents think twice about encouraging their kids to trust anyone. Most officers really are there for you and really are the right people to trust. A few bad apples shouldn't make you cut down the whole orchard.
In the article, the agent says that at one point the Lieutenant said that he "needs help." This tells me that he could not control his urges. If that's the case I can't help but think what might have happened if he hadn't gotten caught.