Back the Blue… except when they make blue movies?
Folks portraying cops as paragons of social and political virtue will need to iron out another lump in their hagiography. The feds have busted former police Sioux Falls police officer Luke John Schauer for attempted production of child pornography and transfer of obscene materials to minors. The feds say the FBI stung Schauer, luring him into sending pictures of his genitals to an agent he thought was a twelve-year-old girl and asking her to send him naked pictures of herself. Gross.
Schauer is innocent until proven guilty, but Mayor Paul TenHaken tells KELO-TV that Schauer is off the force:
Upon learning of the allegations surrounding Officer Schauer’s arrest, he did not work another shift for the Sioux Falls Police Department and is no longer a member of our Police department. In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing criminal proceedings and the rights of all involved, no further details will be provided at this time [Myor Paul TenHaken, in Jacob Newton and Don Jorgenson, “Former Sioux Falls Police Officer Faces Federal Child Pornography Charges,” KELO-TV, 2022.02.09].
You’d think that, of all people, a police officer would know better than to take any incriminating photos of himself, never mind transmit them in easily interceptible and forever archivable wireless packets, and never ever mind asking a child on that same channel to engage in illegal activity.
But evidently, cops can make colossal blunders like everyone else… which is why even cops must have their power checked and balanced, just like everyone else.