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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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By Homerboy on 2/24/2006 3:49:39 PM , Rating: 1
1st off Im not quite sure how this story is even related to "dailyTech" except that the guy worked at NASA. So are we going to get police reports on anyone that is arrested/fined/questioned and works at someplace that has a computer terminal?

Secondly, the editorial comments in the article (like the closing line about him "meeting new friends in jail" or whatever)are totally unnecessary and hardly news-like.

DailyTech should report the TECHNICAL news (which this is not) and not add their editorial comments on the news within article itself IMHO.

By stephenbrooks on 2/24/2006 4:41:13 PM , Rating: 3

RE: Is DailyTech a news site or an editorial site?
By tenguman on 2/24/2006 4:50:48 PM , Rating: 3
Makes you wonder where some of these "researches" have the Hubble Space Telescope pointed...

By stephenbrooks on 2/25/2006 2:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
OK, I can't add score to your post, but it made me laugh. +1 funny

By Bonesdad on 2/24/2006 5:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
The reason it's on here is cuz this junk makes people read or watch the news. The news agencies use of these stories, tho not as abhorrent as the crime, is sickening nonetheless.

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