I know I talk about “To Catch A Predator” a lot. I became fascinated with the show just to hear the excuses the alleged predators would use after Chris Hansen would ask them to take a seat. The excuses used were usually something lame like “We were just going to hang out”, or absurd like “I came here to teach this little lady about the dangers of the internet.” So when I see one of these implausible excuses in print, they usually find their way to one of my websites.
This time the subject is 39-year-old Jeremy McClusky of Monroe City, Missouri. McClusky was arrested recently for allegedly exchanging sexual messages with a 14-year-old female student on the mobile messaging app Kik. I know, I’m as surprised as you are it wasn’t Snapchat, but I digress. The girl’s father found the messages between McClusky and the girl and contacted police. According to reports the discussions included such subjects as the girl “losing her virginity and her performing a sex act on McClusky.”
Before we get to the excuse, we have some victim blaming to add to the story. McClusky allegedly claimed the girl came on to him. In no way does that excuse anything. You are a middle-aged man in a position of authority over this girl. If you’re not immediately turning her down and informing her parents and probably the school board, you’re not worth your teaching diploma. Instead, McClusky claims he was counseling the student over self harm and was using the sexual messages “to help maintain her trust towards him.” And there it is, the ludicrous excuse that is supposed to justify deviant behavior. That’s also the technical definition of sexually grooming a child, so there you go.