Saturday, August 16, 2008

P-rn Viewer Molests Child in St Paul Public Library

Another library. Another p-rn viewer. Another molested child in another library bathroom. Like Philadelphia. Like Des Moines. Like on and on and on. This time in the Saint Paul Public Library. The trail of molested/raped children never ends, does it.

Safe Libraries reports on this again and again and again and the American Library Association [ALA] only cares that such stories may start getting people to think--the ALA's anything-goes policies are wrong and people should see if the ALA has effective control over their own local public library. The ALA goes out of its way to downplay these stories, effectively removing them from the library community radar screen, but that's something I may take the time to prove in the future.

That said, the Saint Paul Public Library does filter the Internet in accordance with CIPA, although that is a conclusion I reached merely by reading the news, watching a news video, and reviewing the linked policy. So if the p-rn viewer asked for the filters to be removed, there might be other issues at play that are not yet presented by the media reports. For example, was the library aware that his granted request was being used to view p-rn, and what resulted.

Here is one story on the issue (and here are more), and it contains a video for you to watch, so please click on the link then find and watch the video:

St. Paul PD Release Sketch of Riverview Library S[-]xual Assault Suspect
8-year-old girl s[-]xaully assaulted at library in St. Paul

ST. PAUL -- St. Paul police released a sketch Thursday of a man suspected of the s[-]xual assault of an 8-year-old girl Wednesday at Riverview Library.

Witnesses tell police the man was using the computers at the library on 1 E. George St., and may have been looking at p[-]rnography.

After approaching two other girls, police say the man followed the alleged victim to a basement restroom where he touched her in a s[-]xual manner.

VIDEO: Library Safety Concerns Addressed

Police say the man left without being noticed.

Scouring computers

For now, the six computer stations are out of order while investigators look at the usage history with hopes of tracing the suspect.

It’s unknown exactly what the man was looking at on the computer, but access is logged through library cards and available websites are filtered.

Library security

While there are no surveillance cameras at the library, there were already plans in place to have them installed.

19 s[-]x offenders in area

Police are checking in with 19 known s[-]x offenders in the area, but no one is in custody.

Suspect description

The suspect is a white or Hispanic male in his 20s, approximately 5’7 tall, with stubble or a slight beard and a pot belly. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Paul Police S[-]x Crimes unit at 651-291-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), all calls are anonymous.

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