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Anthony Stancl   (Source: AP)
Stancl's sentence was part of a plea deal

One of the most common things for internet users to access are social networking sites. Facebook is the largest social networking site online right now followed by MySpace. Both social networks have had their share of serious trouble caused by users of the networks. In January 2009, a man in England was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his wife after she changed her Facebook status to single after a bitter divorce.

MySpace has had problems with sexual offenders frequenting the site as well and kicked 90,000 sex offenders off its site in February of 2009. One of the most disturbing cases involving sexual abuse that stemmed from a social networking site happened on Facebook and involved 18-year-old Anthony Stancl. Stancl was charged in February of 2009 with five counts of child enticement, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, possession of child pornography, repeated sexual assault of the same child, and making a bomb threat.

The charges stem from a devious scheme that Stancl -- a high school student at New Berlin Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, WI -- operated where he posed on Facebook as a female named Kayla (or in some case, Emily). Stancl lured male classmates from his school into sending him nude photos. Stancl then used the photos to blackmail some of the male students into performing sexual acts with him by threatening to release the photos to other students at the school and post them online.

When police raided Stancl's home, they recovered 300 nude images of juvenile males from his computer. According to police, the youngest victim of sex acts with Stancl was 15 and the youngest male in one of the photos was 13. The incidents started in 2007 and the last was in November of 2008. Stancl was caught when he was  linked to a bomb threat during the investigation of the incident.

Stancl was sentenced this week and faced as much as 30 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision. Judge J. Mac Davis sentenced Stancl to 15 years in prison and another 13 years of extended supervision. Stancl will also have to register as a sex offender. 

Stancl agreed to the prison time as part of a plea agreement that stipulated he plead no contest to the charges and he was convicted on December 22, 2009 on two felony counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child, possession of child pornography, and third-degree sexual assault. Judge Davis imposed the sentence after citing a 2004 case when Stancl was a juvenile where he was found delinquent in the sexual assault of a 3-year old he was babysitting. Davis said, "I am afraid of what he can and might do."

Stancl apologized to the students and families that he victimized in court as well as his own family, including a brother and sister still attending the same high school. Stancl said, "I put you through a terrible situation."

Stancl's defense attorney was seeking five years in prison and ten years of supervision. The defense claimed that the attacks stemmed from Stancl's struggles with homosexuality and being "outed" as gay by an older boy at school. Stancl was taken to prison immediately after the sentence was imposed.

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By StevoLincolnite on 2/26/2010 10:22:51 AM , Rating: 5
The defense claimed that the attacks stemmed from Stancl's struggles with homosexuality and being "outed" as gay by an older boy at school. Stancl was taken to prison immediately after the sentence was imposed.

Regardless of someones sexuality, this should never be used as an excuse.

Not to mention he ruined allot of "Innocent lives" and obviously has mental health issues, in my opinion the punishment doesn't fit the crime, and he deserves something a bit more severe.

...There is always someone worst off... unfortunately.

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By HotFoot on 2/26/2010 10:30:13 AM , Rating: 5
This person raped how many teenagers? I agree with you - no excuses. I don't even see how it's relevant information.

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By 91TTZ on 2/26/2010 10:40:23 AM , Rating: 4
It's relevant information because he said that's the reason he did it. Of course it's not an excuse for the horrible things he did, but it's definitely relevant information.

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By FaaR on 2/26/2010 11:39:25 AM , Rating: 5
If someone is mentally disturbed then they need treatment, or chances are they'll just continue the same way when their prison sentence runs out. Merely containing this guy for 15 years probably won't help him very much - especially as prisons tend to be not the best environments to begin with even for those who are completely sane and rational...

Not helping this guy now is liable to simply create more victims down the road. Then again, we could just shoot him. Put him down like diseased cattle, him and every other offender. I'm sure that'd appeal to those who insists on looking at complex issues only in absolute terms. :P

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By phattyboombatty on 2/26/2010 12:38:57 PM , Rating: 3
Not helping this guy now . . .

You're assuming (wrongly) that a person like Stancl can be "helped." You can't "cure" a sexual predator. It's who they are.

But you're right that as soon as he gets out he is likely to engage in the same behavior, so the fix is to keep them in jail indefinitely.

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By HotFoot on 2/26/2010 1:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
By all means, I'm not an expert in this case. What's described in the article is a serial rapist committing pre-meditated crimes. These crimes were planned and carried out over a period of time.

The problem I have with saying he did it because he was messed up or had a mental problem is that OF COURSE he's messed up or had some kind of mental problem.

He's somehow less responsible for his actions because of his condition. In this case, pity and compassion mean the punishment should be less harsh. For example, I think it would be a miscarriage of justice to have a mentally disabled person sent into a prison with murderers and others convicted of heinous crimes. That's a recipe for savage abuse of the handicapped person. Still, in this case, the person is a serious threat to society at large. Sentencing is not just about punishment, but about protecting society, so that needs to be considered.

Thing is, I can't imagine a person without a mental problem of some kind sitting in a room and plotting to carry out such actions against people, let alone minors. Someone doing this has got to be messed up to be in the situation in the first place. What is the nature of the condition, and in this case, does it really relate to the person's being able to recognise that what they were doing is wrong and illegal?

I think the pity clause for mentally challenged people is to keep those who are very clearly not capable of making decisions from going into the harshest environments of the justice system. If this person qualifies as such, I would think that would also mean he's equally incapable of managing his own finances, writing his own will, etc. etc.

I think an extreme amount of scrutiny needs to be going into someone getting a relaxed sentence by some claim of reduced responsibility for one's own actions. You can bet that if I found myself defending against some kind of charge like this I'm going to be making every excuse possible, including I was in a mental state of such and such based on stress and situation.

But, at least in my case, that would be a load of crap. I am responsible for my actions, no matter what situation I'm in.

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By HotFoot on 2/26/2010 1:46:05 PM , Rating: 1
I meant to say "Maybe he's somehow less responsible..." in the 3rd paragraph above.

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By AstroCreep on 2/26/2010 4:13:37 PM , Rating: 3
But you're right that as soon as he gets out he is likely to engage in the same behavior, so the fix is to keep them in jail indefinitely.

Who said he won't engage in the same behavior while he's in prison? Given, the tables will be turned (in a manner of speaking)...

Furthermore, who said he'd live long enough to get out of jail? Cliched or not, men like him don't fare too well in prision, and I doubt his status as a "Teenager" will grant him any clemency.

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By phattyboombatty on 2/26/10, Rating: 0
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By jimbojimbo on 2/26/2010 4:55:27 PM , Rating: 1
A cheaper fix is a bullet in the head.

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By bennyg on 2/28/2010 11:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
an even cheaper fix is a syringe full of draino

Terminator 2 style.

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By Samus on 2/27/2010 3:48:49 AM , Rating: 2
I hate to say it, but where the FUCK are his parents while he's raping teenagers in his room?

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By whiskerwill on 2/28/2010 5:46:33 PM , Rating: 3
You can't "cure" a sexual predator. It's who they are.
You have proof of this? Or just running your mouth?

Statistically speaking, the recidivism of young men convicted of rape is about the same as most other crimes (and lower than that of drug-related offenses).

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By Enigmatic on 2/26/2010 10:46:11 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, clearly Stancl has some psychiatric disorders (the media seems to be making a big deal about 'hypersexuality'). Only 18 and already messed up his life... but he definitely does deserve it.

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By MozeeToby on 2/26/2010 11:29:46 AM , Rating: 4
The thing is, 'hypersexuality' isn't illegal, hell there are some subsets of society (swingers clubs for instance) where it is even the norm. His 'hypersexuality' isn't the problem, the problem is the way he chose to act on it.

He could have gone out and found a group of willing and legal partners, New Berlin isn't that far from Milwaukee and I gaurantee there are groups there that would have fulfilled his 'needs'. But he didn't, instead he blackmailed and essentially raped a bunch of teenagers. 15 years is the least of what he deserves.

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By acase on 2/26/2010 11:50:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree the guy is messed up, and deserves what he got...but on the other hand:

If you had gotten tricked into sending nude photos of yourself to this dude, and then he threatened to send them to people at your school or post them online unless you blew him, would you do it?

I'm just saying I can't believe any of these guys would submit to this without just telling someone or beating this guy's ass, etc.

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By Kahnivorous on 2/27/2010 12:36:46 AM , Rating: 2
He knew what he was doing was wrong on all levels because he hid from authorities. His disorders are simply emotional and deserve no mercy. People like him and his lawyer deserve the maximum penalty. The judges's hands are practically tied by the deals the prosecutors make, who are just a breath away from standing in the corrupted corner.

"Law Abiding Citizen" comes to mind..

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By whiskerwill on 2/28/2010 6:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
He's 18. He'll be in prison or under supervision until he's 46. That's a longer sentence than many people get for actually killing someone. Had he been 6 months younger when he did this, he'd have done nothing but a few months in juvenile.

The kid needs to do time. But there's such a thing as fitting the punishment to the crime.

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By Chiisuchianu on 2/26/10, Rating: 0
18 years is not enough.
By Mitch101 on 2/26/2010 11:29:24 AM , Rating: 5
sexual assault of a 3-year old he was babysitting

That's a death sentence in my book of law and order and given his background laundry list why would he be free to ever walk the streets again?

RE: 18 years is not enough.
By MozeeToby on 2/26/10, Rating: -1
RE: 18 years is not enough.
By phattyboombatty on 2/26/2010 12:41:39 PM , Rating: 5
"Delinquent" is the term used in place of "guilty" when the perpetrator is a juvenile. So, he committed the wrongful act, but was given a free pass because he was a minor.

RE: 18 years is not enough.
By troysavary on 2/26/2010 11:45:31 AM , Rating: 2
That is far worse than what he did later. In the 3 years old's case, the kid could not defend him or her self. In the other case, they could have told him where to go. Given the choice between my naked pic getting passed around, or gay sex, even as a teen the choice would have been easy. Pass my pic around, if that floats your boat. Charge him with fraud for misrepresenting himself, and with the blackmail attempt, but how is it assault when the other kids submitted without force? And was he not under 18 when he committed the acts? I think it is utterly retarded when one kid gives another kid a naked pic and people call it kiddy pron.

By cigar3tte on 2/26/2010 11:50:03 AM , Rating: 3
I would've let the photos go public instead of performing sexual acts on another male...

By chagrinnin on 2/26/2010 1:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
Another male?

By Chiisuchianu on 2/26/10, Rating: -1
By Etsp on 2/26/2010 4:50:22 PM , Rating: 2
He was saying that he wouldn't allow himself to become one of Stancl's victims, and would rather have nude photo's of himself spread around his school rather than perform sexual acts on another male. I don't see how that makes him a bad person.

By f7 on 2/26/2010 6:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
Reading fail. Did you read either the article or the post above?

By martinrichards23 on 2/27/2010 7:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
The really worrying thing is that these idiots who can't even read a short sentence are potentially the same people on the jury!!!

To only real fix
By kmmatney on 2/26/2010 5:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
I think castration might be the only real fix for this guy. He can problably become a Eunich, and life a normal life, contibuting to society. As it is, he'll probably get a light sentence and repeat.

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By Lerianis on 2/28/2010 3:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
THe real fix here is to realize that just like heterosexuality and homosexuality, pedosexuality is normal and bring it out into the open.

It's time to STOP with the bullhockey that 'children cannot make their own sexual choices'.... hello, I did when I was a child (having sex with numerous older teenagers and adults) and the people who tried to force me into sex (that I can confirm) were my own age and YOUNGER when I was 12!

Pedosexuality isn't a danger......... the hatred of it for the stupidest of reasons, many of them the same bullhockey that was used against heterosexuals outside of marriage and homosexuals, is the true danger.

RE: To only real fix
By racostatorres on 3/1/2010 9:19:03 AM , Rating: 2
Please, do us all a favor and don't have (and stay away) from children.

I never considered that certain thoughts should be a crime; you just changed that.

To call you sick is an insult to the mentally sick and perverted people of this world.

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By Lerianis on 3/3/2010 4:14:22 PM , Rating: 1
Need I remind you that they called heterosexuals outside of marriage and homosexuals 'mentally sick and perverted'.

The real issue here is that pedosexuals are doing something you personally don't like...... which frankly..... BUTT THE FUCK OUT!

Even the children are saying that today, and REFUSING to report sexual interations with adults to the police.... hell, I know two who told their parents that if they tried to force them to report..... they would 'report' all right.. that their parents were the ones who did the things in question!

As I've said before: children are sexual creatures! To deny that is to deny reality and the fact that we are BORN WITH GENITALS... therefore, it's pretty obvious that nature wants us to be having sex from birth or quite soon after.

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By Lerianis on 3/3/2010 4:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and I'll be blunt: I am around children all the time, the parents know that I am a pedosexual.... AND THEY DON'T CARE! Why? Because they have known me all my life or taken the time to get to know me after their relatives got on their case for prejudging me (again, SAME THING DONE TO THOSE TWO GROUPS I MENTIONED ABOVE!), and realized "Hey, this guy isn't 'sick' or 'mentally ill'.... we've been PWNED by religious idiots and psychologists who get PAID to 'treat' children who have 'been molested' and the police, who are also getting paid to find pedosexuals and get paid MORE if they overstate their danger!"

15 years as part of a plea bargain?
By deanx0r on 2/26/2010 11:06:34 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds to me like he is looking forward for his time in prison to be a good one.

RE: 15 years as part of a plea bargain?
By corduroygt on 2/26/2010 1:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, free food and shelter, entertainment, and all the male on male sex you can get sounds like a good deal for this guy.

By chagrinnin on 2/26/2010 2:03:03 PM , Rating: 4
Except he liked "pitching". In prison he's going to be doing a lot of "catching". nomnomnom :P``

This might be a stupid question....
By Lerianis on 2/27/2010 9:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
But how do you blackmail ANYONE, even a child or teenager, into sex? I mean, when I think about it, I am hard pressed to think of ANYTHING that someone could use against me to make me have sex with them against my will, nor anything I did as a child that anyone could use to do that.

What was this guy using against these people?

RE: This might be a stupid question....
By Camikazi on 2/28/2010 4:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
Nude pictures, thinking as a teenager, it's probably seen as less embarrassing by them to have sex with someone then to have everyone of your friends see a nude picture of you. Teenagers don't think like normal people, tell a horny teenage boy you are a girl and want to see them naked and chances are good you will get the pic.

Then you tell them if they don't do what you say that you will show all of their friends and classmates their naked picture and there you go. To a teenager, something done with them and one other person is less embarrassing then something seen by everyone you know.

By Lerianis on 3/3/2010 4:10:55 PM , Rating: 2
Having nude pictures distributed is only 'more embarrassing' than being forced into sex with someone if the person in question has been raised in the proper manner.

And, I would easily tell my 'friend' or classmate that if this thing showed up on the internet.... I would LITERALLY kick their ass and maybe.... NOT STOP THERE.... i.e. start playing taps for them!

It's as I said... still a mystery as to how you could force someone into having sex with you! Especially since I would just reason "Hey, they still have the picture... they will release it anyway! F*** NO! I ain't having sex with them!"

Headline should read...
By MozeeToby on 2/26/2010 11:19:04 AM , Rating: 3
The headline should read "Blackmailer and Rapist Gets 15 Years in Prison". If this had occured over any other medium we wouldn't even have heard about it.

Besides, he got off easy, if he had blackmailed and sexually assualted 10+ teenage girls he would would have been thrown in prison for the rest of his life.

Awesome pic!
By redbone75 on 2/26/2010 10:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
Prison Sex - Tool

Although most every Tool song is never to be take literally by the title, this is appropriate in every facet for this douche.

By 325hhee on 2/26/2010 3:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
Toss the salad.

I love these ironic what comes around goes around things. This guy is getting off way too lightly, sex with a 3 yr old should be a crime that is deemed timeless sentence.

epic thumbnail.
By NovaCain820 on 2/26/2010 8:17:31 PM , Rating: 2
"Prison sex" best use of a screen cap I've seen so far on this site. If this guy was hurting for more gay sex...whoa I really can't top that sentence.

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