The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, April 12, 2008

BMX, Caves, and Myspace

Parents, I'm not saying that the predators aren't completely to blame for their behaviors- but at the same time I can not possibly stress the fact that if you are completely careless with your children that you don't stop to think that it's a little odd for that grown man to be spending weekends with your son- if you don't stop to question what your 12 year old is doing on MySpace, if you don't pause and wonder just how healthy it is for your kid to be camping out overnight with an adult, and driving his BMW, and working on his BMX bike with him.... if you actually take so little interest in your child that he comes home molested on NUMEROUS occasions by the SAME person- you are NOT doing your job. You are lacking in the 'taking care of your responsibilities' department... and that is not okay.

Having said that, Hubert Haraszewski, 32 of Vista California is a deviant sexual predator- grooming at least one of his two victims- and using all the usual methods. He ought to be spending a lot of time in prison, and we can only sit back and hope that he will- which might just happen since he's facing 381 years to life behind bars.

After a preliminary hearing that lasted just over a day at the Vista courthouse, Judge David Danielsen determined that enough evidence was presented to order the defendant to stand trial on 16 counts and allegations, including multiple counts of committing a lewd act on a child, possession of child pornography and posing a child for prohibited acts.

According to court documents, investigators found thumb drives in the defendant's car and his parents' home in Palmdale that contained pornographic images of the two alleged victims.

The older of the two, who is now 13, testified Thursday that he met Haraszewski while riding BMX bicycles near his home in Costa Mesa and that defendant -- who he knew as "Squirrel" -- molested him in various places, including San Onofre State Beach.

Read the entire article, and then read it again. And if you see anything that reminds you- even in the smallest amount- like a relationship your child has with an adult... you might want to step in and make sure nothing sinister is going on when you are out of eye shot.

I'm tired of predators using children for their disgusting benefit- but I'm just as tired of parents dropping the ball and allowing this to happen. Yes, it would be nice if we could all just trust that our children are safe regardless of who they are with- but quite frankly, that's just not a reality. Which means that we HAVE to remain aware and active at all times.

Thanks to trench.