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Dumb Cop of the Week Sends Naked Pix to FBI Agent He Thought Was 12-Year-Old Girl

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.

27 Comments

  1. larry kurtz 2022-02-10

    So, some poor dumb cop gets popped but Denny Sanford is exonerated: red state failure on parade.

  2. Scott Ehrisman 2022-02-10

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. People have suspected for quite awhile that ‘some’ on the force are actively participating in covering up human trafficking in town. It will be interesting what the plea deal will be (technically it was entrapment and those cases typically get charges reduced). He may just spill the beans to save his ass.

  3. Eve Fisher 2022-02-10

    We can hope he’ll spill the beans to save his ass. Otherwise…

  4. mike from iowa 2022-02-10

    How long before union reinstates him? One union we could do without.

  5. Tom 2022-02-10

    drop the age of consent, problem solved…porn has been with us since we crawled out of the mud…so is it part of our nature?…
    t’was ever thus…

  6. cibvet 2022-02-10

    The police are supposed to enforce laws and are always crying about “no respect”. Until they clean up their own ranks instead of
    always looking the other way or joining in the criminal activity, they will never get any consideration from me.

  7. John 2022-02-10

    The US under-trains and under-investigates and under-reviews its police. State policing “standards” agencies rarely review, rarer yet, they do not track complaints, and it’s almost unheard of for state standards agencies to withdrawn police certifications. It’s long past the time to stop the equivalent of “90-day” wonders on police forces and the kid gloves approaches of the state policing standards agencies. And, oh yes, those unions need reform, badly.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56834733

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/06/america-police-violence-germany-georgia-britain/612820/

  8. buckobear 2022-02-10

    … something about “the cops don’t catch the crooks because they’re smart.”

  9. jerry 2022-02-10

    Denny Sanford gets to keep his millions, the copper loses all for the same thing. Good to be the king.

  10. mike from iowa 2022-02-10

    The police are supposed to enforce the laws. Problem with so many cops is they have no knowledge or respect for the Constitution they swear to uphold and preserve. Especially 1st, 4th and 5th amendment protections offered to the public.

  11. Porter Lansing 2022-02-10

    No disrespect Cory but, “You’d think that, of all people, a police officer would know better.”

    I’ve relayed the story of why I left Watertown while being blackmailed by a city cop, I witnessed in a compromising situation with a teenage girl.

    Thirty percent of all cops, everywhere, will do anything illegal they think they can get away with.

  12. Anthony Renli 2022-02-10

    Tom?
    “drop the age of consent, problem solved…porn has been with us since we crawled out of the mud…so is it part of our nature?…
    t’was ever thus…”
    What the HELL?
    Dude that is like absolute cringe.
    Like – that’s the kind of thing that should come with a warning label.
    If you honestly think that it is in any way NORMAL for an adult man to be sending dick pics to a 12 year old girl, seek professional help.
    Like, seriously.
    Seek help.

  13. Arlo Blundt 2022-02-10

    Mr. Renli is correct. We all know there are dangerous cops with a screw loose out there in roughly the same proportion as the general population. There is nothing about child porn and child enticement that we should tolerate. These crimes merit legal intervention.

  14. Tom 2022-02-10

    Tony?

    As Mucker Carlson says: “Just asking a question.” I mean really, are all these ‘perversions’ part of our chemical makeup as a humanoid? Some take hold, some don’t. Not all of us act on impulse. Not everyone is affected, why? How many sexes of the human race? Two, three, more? I think Germany made it official for 3 sexes a few years ago. And look at the way some, not all, of the girls dress -most provocative. They cruise the streets or wherever advertising their wares knowingly or not. Boys of 12/13 usually don’t have a clue but some get it and…get it. Mother Nature at her finest? You tell me. And how about those crazy catholic priests? Abusing boys/girls since JC launched into the blue skies. And those ancient philosophical gay Greeks? Bottom (no pun) line, is it possible to legislate what is hardwired into a humanoid? Inquiring minds want to know. Ask the Kardishinans…

  15. Richard Schriever 2022-02-10

    The cop didn’t “make a mistake” and “get caught”.
    He is who he is.
    He did what he does.
    He is an endemic part of our culture.
    All cops have some psychological element of the power tripper in them, in many cases to compensate for some treatment they experienced (bullying or abuse of one sort or other) in their younger days. They are products not just of human biology, but of the culture they were reared in.
    The irony, the culture is structured in such a way as to help create these behaviors, then metes out punishment for same.
    This is true not only for sexual behaviors, but consider examples such as the case of life-long punishing student debt as a result of engaging in the culturally promoted pursuit of education.
    All that said, I have no level of sympathy such as the “How could he make such a mistake?” framing offers.

  16. Mark Anderson 2022-02-10

    Hey if this guy is an anti vaxxer, DeSantis will have him peccadillos aside.

  17. All Mammal 2022-02-11

    Feed him down an active volcano hole. The good earth is hungry.

    No kid should ever have to fear their abuser again. Our job is to separate the danger from our kids. Or else they are told they don’t matter and then they grow up and start the messed up cycle all over.

    In Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, Tim Robbin’s character says, “Its like a vampire, Celeste. Once it bites you its in you forever. And you either become it. Or you kill it.”

    No suffering. No blood on anyone’s soul. Conveyor belt for all of em to the hot crater. They’ll vaporize and eventually, the good earth will be eradicated.

    Its not normal and if you aren’t down to kill it, you are it.

  18. Kurt Evans 2022-02-12

    Cory writes:

    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.

    Great post, Cory.

    There’s nothing like a little cop-on-cop action to make a good libertarian feel conflicted, but we should probably remember that there’s no 12-year-old girl involved here at all.

    A pervert law enforcement agent has apparently been deceived, groomed, baited, seduced, entrapped, and destroyed—by another pervert law enforcement agent—and the rest of us are left to pay for it.

    Like everyone else, FBI agents can use lies and deceit to target the weak and vulnerable for destruction, which is why FBI agents should be punished for fraud and entrapment, just like everyone else.

  19. jerry 2022-02-12

    EVANS is in need of his meds! Looney on the loose.

  20. CK 2022-02-13

    Kurt:
    Ssssh. Just sit this one out.

  21. Kurt Evans 2022-02-14

    I’d written:

    Like everyone else, FBI agents can use lies and deceit to target the weak and vulnerable for destruction, which is why FBI agents should be punished for fraud and entrapment, just like everyone else.

    “jerry” writes:

    EVANS is in need of his meds!

    The only medication in my home is a tube of clotrimazole I’d bought for a case of athlete’s foot several years ago. I’ve carried some lonely, heavy crosses over the last half-century, but so far drug dependency hasn’t been one of them.

    “CK” writes to me:

    Just sit this one out.

    When Luke Schauer was asked whether he’d sent the graphic images, he apparently told the truth, which is more than we can say for the “12-year-old” FBI agent who deceived and entrapped him. We should probably remember that there’s no 12-year-old girl involved here at all.

    Our tax dollars at work.

    “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom the stumbling block comes.”
    —Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:7)

  22. Nick Nemec 2022-02-15

    Thank God there was no actual 12 year old girl involved, but that fact doesn’t take Officer Luke Schauer off the hook. If there had been an actual 12 year old girl instead of an FBI agent, Schauer would have sent his dick pics to someone’s 6th or 7th grade daughter. Arguments of entrapment ring hollow, normal people don’t send pornographic selfies to children or ask for children to send them pornographic selfies in return.

    I for one am happy efforts were made to identify and get rid of this unfit for duty cop.

  23. Bob Newland 2022-02-15

    I believe I can understand why Kurt Evans is worried about cops posing as 12-year-old girls on his messaging platform.

  24. Ben Cerwinske 2022-02-15

    From Wikipedia:

    Federal courts apply a subjective test for claims of entrapment.[40] In federal criminal prosecutions, if a defendant proves entrapment the defendant may not be convicted of the underlying crime.[41] A valid entrapment defense has two related elements:[42]

    1.government inducement of the crime, and
    2. the defendant’s lack of predisposition to engage in the criminal conduct.

    I think it’s likely the defendant had a predisposition. So then did the agent induce the crime? Perhaps it depends on who initiated? Does the FBI go around initiating messages with adults or do they wait to be messaged?

  25. jerry 2022-02-15

    EVANS call his mental meds, little helpers. Like a vampire, he only comes out at night. Seek better helpers.

  26. jerry 2022-02-15

    How did Denny Sanford fit into the predisposition on his charges of child porn? That is an interesting point Mr. Cerwinske, will Sanford’s case ever see the light of day? The cop, on the beat, got fired and arrested. Wonder if Sanford got arrested?

  27. Nick Nemec 2022-02-15

    Sanford will escape any repercussions because he has donated >1.5 billion, the stupid cop didn’t make that kind of donation.

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