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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 DrMrLordX on 2/25/2006 2:59:41 AM , Rating: 2
Not to try and excuse what this guy did, but uh, your notions regarding the way pedophiles have always been treated is way off the mark.

The notion of a 13-year-old girl being a girl is a fairly modern one dating back to the rise of the bourgeois merchant class within Western culture. 13 would still be a fairly young age at which to marry off one's daughters in "the old days", but it still happened. In some cultures, sexual intercourse often started at ages as young as 11(ancient Egypt, for example).

A predisposition to seek out young mates may not be a sickness at all, but rather a mating instinct that helps men select potentially fertile mates. Many women begin suffering a loss in fertility after the age of 18 to the point that 80% of their ovulations fail by the age of 32. In contrast, teenage girls are usually at their most fertile somewhere between the ages of 14-18 before they begin undergoing significant pH changes in their reproductive tract.

Of course, that just doesn't hold water when you're dealing with men who attempt to have sex with pre-pubescent children.

In any case, most of our modern notions regarding who or what is a woman and who isn't are based on money and one's ability to earn it. We typically regard women to have come of age(both in a cultural and legal sense) when they are supposedly old enough to either sustain themselves or attract a mate that can sustain a potential family. We also take many, many steps to guarentee that our children stay children as long as possible, which makes the notion of a 13-year-old being able to consent to sex even more absurd. She can't take care of herself or a prospective family, she is unlikely to attract a man who can take care of her, and her mental and emotional growth is retarded to the point that she will be incapable of adult levels of decision-making until she is well into her 20s(if then).

Anyone who still wants to have sex with a girl like this is labeled a monster, and this is probably a proper label given what modern 13-year-old girls are like. Of course, this is hardly an ideal situation at all, but there is more wrong with how we raise post-pubescent children than there is with how we treat those who take advantage of sexually-developed-yet-naive teens.

RE: No Sympathy
By 8steve8 on 2/25/2006 11:17:21 AM , Rating: 2
wow someoneon here has an iq above 130.. amazing.


it needed to be said.

while i dont endorce 100% of ur text... its pretty good.

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