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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 4:43:39 PM , Rating: 2
You can justify many crimes by saying the person is sick, e.g., the guy who pulled a gun and robbed me has OCD and needs medication, the guy who raped that woman...etc. You get the picture.

I'm sure that there is a percentage of cases where there is a legitimate medical condition. But in any case, whether there is a condition or not, until it is brought under control, by medication or otherwise, then society needs to be protected, and that is one of the more important functions of jail.

I have a special concern for protecting children, since they are not capable of protecting themselves.


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