(Story broke 4/22/2017)
43-year-old David Wayne Phelps of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the commonwealth of Kentucky to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities. In non-Kentucky law-speak, Phelps placed a craigslist ad that not only said “looking for young white girl younger the better”, but it also mentioned he wanted a “daughter that needed spoiling”. Phelps is on the sex offender registry for a 2008 conviction that involved two minors. Phelps was not supposed to use any kind of electronic communication, including the email address he used for the ad which was firstname.lastname@example.org. Subtle. Instead of finding a ‘daughter’, he was found by the Attorney General Office’s Cyber Crimes Unit who posed as a 15-year-old girl.
We always hear or read the stories of these predators being caught, but for every one we hear of there’s probably more that we don’t hear about where the predator was successful in finding a victim, and craigslist is their playground. It’s well past time that craigslist started to monitor their site to rid it of the predatory filth that dwell there.