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Friday, April 29, 2005

Trekkies and pedophilia -- Say it ain't so, Jim!

The LA Times published an article titled "Sifting Clues to an Unsmiling Girl" [here] about pedophiles that included the following description of the Toronto sex crimes detail:
On one wall [of the Toronto sex crimes unit] is a "Star Trek" poster with investigators' faces substituted for the Starship Enterprise crew. But even that alludes to a dark fact of their work: All but one of the offenders they have arrested in the last four years was a hard-core Trekkie. [emphasis mine]
What's going on here?

Ernest Miller over at Corante decided to find out.

He contacted the Toronto police and found out that the quote was inaccurate. But he also learned this:
They've arrested well over one hundred people over the past four years and [the detective he interviewed] claims they can gauge this interest in Star Trek by the arrestees' "paraphenalia, books, videotapes and DVDs." I asked if this wasn't simply a general interest in science fiction and fantasy, such as Star Wars or Harry Potter or similar. Paraphrasing his answer, he said, while there was sometimes other science fiction and fantasy paraphenalia, Star Trek was the most consistent and when he referred to a majority of the arrestees being Star Trek fans, it was Star Trek specific.
I wonder -- does the gang at NRO's Corner know about this?

Read Millers posting here. Also check Mickey Kaus's take on it at Slate here.

I just checked the Corner. They, Jonah included, seem to be studiously ignoring this pressing issue.

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