Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Two California teens tipped police off to a cache of child pornography allegedly owned by 54-year-old Kraig Stockard. Nothing too novel about that, except that the teens learned of the illicit material after burgling Stockard’s barn. Breaking into the Dehli, California property was easy enough and the pair thought they were taking 50 blank CDs as part of the loot. When they got home to divvy up the booty, they noticed about 30 of the CDs had pornographic images, many of them of children. The two thieves, age 19 and 15, contacted Merced County Sheriff”s deputies and fessed up.
Stockard was arrested after the deputies saw the images. A later search found six computers that are now being checked for more child exploitation. Stockard may have been downloading this filth since 2004.
The tip was not the only bizarre feature to this crime. Stockard, it seems, was outraged over the theft and reported the CDs as stolen to the Sheriff’s Office. “I’m kind of surprised that he wanted to draw attention to himself, knowing what was taken,” said deputy Tom McKenzie.
The two burglars have not been charged but the case has been referred to the Merced County DA. Not much expected to come out of it though.
“We did not actually go out and arrest the suspects for the burglary. They were obviously the lesser of two evils,” McKenzie added.
Anyone think these kids should get anything more than a stern warning?
Source: New York Post
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger