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Fly me to the moon, let me play...

Life must be lonely at NASA. Travis Johnson, a 23-year old researcher at NASA, was busted for soliciting sex from a cop posing as a 13-year old over the Internet. Police officers arrested him on NASA's property and seized computers and peripherals from his home. NASA officials are also going to probe their computers to see if they can find any evidence to help police with the investigation.

McGuire said that Johnson, a graduate of the University of Arizona, was doing post-graduate research at NASA on the effects of zero gravity on the muscles of astronauts. Johnson has a research grant through UH, and used the UH Internet for his e-mail, McGuire said.

What's interesting to note (from anyone that has caught NBC's recent specials on Internet predators) is that Johnson used the most often quoted line from the "Child Predator's Handbook:"

He said this was the first time he had ever talked to somebody who was 13, and look where it got him.

I'm sure that Johnson will meet a few new unwanted "research partners" in jail.

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RE: No Sympathy
By TomZ on 2/24/2006 3:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
So by your argument, it is okay to victimize children because pedophiles cannot control their desires? No, that's pure BS! It is a crime for a reason, and we as a society have to protect children from these types of predators. I'm glad to see these types of sting operations, since it seems like folks think they can otherwise act with impunity.

RE: No Sympathy
By Kilim on 2/24/2006 4:03:59 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think he disagrees with the need for pedophiles to be put in jail and that they are sick people. I think what he is trying to say is that sexual attraction to children is not what that person asked for. A pedophile did not freely choose to be attracted to children.

However, commiting the crimes he does, he does deserve to be punished and for a very long time. It is a social need to banish these people but pedophiles do have urges we "normal" people cannot understand.

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