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cjolley
29th November 2012, 10:16
http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2012/11/29/dumb_criminal_of_the_week_meet_the_job_candidate_w ho_told_the_fbi_about.html

just wow



Name: Dominick Pelletier

Crime: Possession of child pornography.

Fatal mistakes: Misunderstanding the “Investigation” part of “Federal Bureau of Investigation”; believing that honesty is always the best policy.

The circumstances: On Aug. 29, 2008—his birthday—Pelletier interviewed for a job with the FBI. During the interview, Pelletier volunteered that he had once done research on child pornography as part of a graduate school project. As the interview progressed, Pelletier revealed to the incredulous agents that he had child pornography on his home computer, that he possibly had hardcore child pornography on his home computer, and that he had “inadvertently” created child pornography by filming himself having sex with an underage girl. Not only did Pelletier volunteer all this information, he apparently went home thinking he was still a candidate for the job: Upon leaving, he inquired if “this was going to slow down the application process.”

Yeah, it sort of did. Earlier this year, Pelletier was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography and sentenced to 80 months in federal prison with no possibility of parole. Last week, the Seventh Circuit affirmed Pelletier’s conviction. The opening of Judge Michael Kanne’s tremendously entertaining opinion (http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/11/26/pelletier.pdf) is worth quoting in full:

Federal investigative agents will tell you that some cases are hard to solve. Some cases require years of effort—chasing down false leads and reigning in flighty witnesses. Others require painstaking scientific analysis, or weeks of poring over financial records for a hidden clue. And some cases are never solved at all—the right witness never comes forward, the right lead never pans out, or the right clue never turns up.
This is not one of those cases. Indeed.

Now, on to the alternative-history part of this feature, where we examine how Dominick Pelletier might have done things differently.

How he could’ve been a lot smarter: He could have avoided downloading child porn entirely, instead doing his grad school research on how to succeed at job interviews.


How he could’ve been a little smarter: “The pornography was downloaded by my identical twin brother, who also has the same name as me.”

How he could’ve been a little dumber: “Not only did I download child pornography, I made it into a T-shirt, which, as you can see, I am wearing today.”

How he could’ve been a lot dumber: “I actually brought enough T-shirts for everyone, and I’d feel a lot more comfortable if you all put them on right now.”

Ultimate Dumbness Ranking (UDR): “Child porn downloader applies for FBI job” is the horrifying sex-crime equivalent of “Overweight burglar gets stuck in chimney.” I’ll give him 8 out of 10 on the UDR scale, a loose metric that I just made up.

Dr Mordrid
29th November 2012, 11:50
Oh Jesus H. Christ.....

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4064/4364173751_424da1c26b.jpg

Technoid
29th November 2012, 12:06
I've read about lots of people that genuinely lacked any resemblance to having any kind of self preservation instincts and/or ability to predict the results of their actions BUT this guy takes the cake... hands down....

KRSESQ
29th November 2012, 15:10
One can't help wondering just what his thought process was (or if he even had a thought process).

Like Paul Harvey used to say, "if you could understand people like that, the rest of us would have to start worrying about you."

Dr Mordrid
29th November 2012, 15:31
^^....that about sums it up.

This boy was definitely NOT the sharpest tool in the shed.

KRSESQ
29th November 2012, 20:07
...he had “inadvertently” created child pornography by filming himself having sex with an underage girl.

"I swear to God, she said she was eighteen. And she sure looked eighteen. And just between you and me and the lamppost, I wanna tell you..."

cjolley
30th November 2012, 06:00
I was thinking more like:
"I didn't realize the camera was running right then. So it was accidental child porn."

Jammrock
30th November 2012, 12:03
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/11/30/an-fbi-dads-misadventures-with-spyware-expose-high-school-principals-child-porn-searches/

Another gift wrapped child porn bust given to the FBI.

TransformX
1st December 2012, 05:00
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/11/30/an-fbi-dads-misadventures-with-spyware-expose-high-school-principals-child-porn-searches/

Another gift wrapped child porn bust given to the FBI.

I bet he's a Woody Allen fan. ;)