Olympia, WA — As TFTP reports on a regular basis, child predators are attracted to positions of authority. When given authority, these predators are put into unique situations which allow them to exploit and prey on children with no oversight. Cops, priests, coaches, politicians, and others are frequently caught abusing their authority to prey on societies most vulnerable.
In " target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Washington state, one of these child predators was seeking a position of authority within the Washington State Patrol this week, when it was discovered that he had allegedly raped a child.
On Tuesday, the man showed up at the Washington State Patrol headquarters in Olympia to go through the job interview process. As the 31-year-old man — who has yet to be identified — was going through the background check and polygraph test process, police found something fishy.
Investigators then began pressing the man for more details. Police refused to go into detail about what they discovered, however, they reported that they garnered enough information to arrest the man on suspicion of child rape.
What the man said during the interview to lead to his arrest is unclear. But an investigation is underway as prosecutors seek more evidence to bring charges against him. Officials with the Washington State Patrol did release a statement, however, noting that they do not plan on hiring him.
Police sexual misconduct is one of America's dirty little secrets. Barely a day goes by without news of a law enforcement officer's arrest for raping adults and children alike. There are so many instances of officers arrested for sexual misconduct that the Free Thought Project cannot report on all of them.
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It is a sad day when police officers — the ones who claim to protect us — are caught preying on society's most vulnerable. However, there are a lot of sad days as this situation plays out like a broken record, over and over again. Luckily, this alleged monster will not be given his position of authority that he was seeking.
As stated above, however, pedophiles often seek out positions of power and authority over children so they are in a position to abuse. Priests, teachers, coaches, police officers, counselors, and others are just some of the fields in which pedophiles will attempt to gain employment.
As TFTP has reported, a study exposed the startling fact that police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day. Many of these arrests are over unspeakable sex crimes.
“Police crimes are not uncommon,” the study's lead researcher Philip M. Stinson concluded. “Our data directly contradicts some of the prevailing assumptions and the proposition that only a small group of rotten apples perpetrate the vast majority of police crime.” Although nearly 60 percent of the crimes “occurred when the officer was technically off-duty,” Stinson wrote, “a significant portion of these so-called off-duty crimes also lies within the context of police work and the perpetrator’s role as a police officer, including instances where off-duty officers flash a badge, an official weapon, or otherwise use their power, authority, and the respect afforded to them as a means to commit crime.”
According to a report from WaPo, in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, 72 percent of the officers were fired, and more than 80 percent resulted in convictions, the study found. There were 422 reported cases of forcible and statutory rape, 352 cases of forcible fondling and 94 sodomy cases over the seven years of the study, which Stinson called “larger than expected based on the existing research.” The data search turned up 174 examples of male officers arrested in cases of “Driving While Female,” in which women drivers were harassed or assaulted. About 82 percent of those cases ended in convictions.
Despite the high rate of conviction, the sentences handed out are insultingly low.