I’m amused sometimes when I read about crime in Bull Valley. Not because it’s funny. More so because everybody thinks of Bull Valley as a pristine, perfect place. Arrests in Bull Valley should serve as proof to the world of what those of us in Criminal Defense work already know: crime can pop up anywhere. Today the Northwest Herald is reporting of an arrest for child pornography in Bull Valley:
WOODSTOCK – A Bull Valley man facing child pornography charges in Topeka, Kan., was arrested Thursday in Woodstock on an additional seven felonies.
[Name redacted by myself] allegedly had more than 1,000 images on various electronic devices of children engaged in sex acts, Woodstock Police said.
Thursday’s arrest was the end of a 10-month investigation by the Woodstock Police Department, who were notified in January that there might be some illegal pornographic downloads in the area…
Here’s another thing that amuses me: when the police use the passive voice. They did that here. The Woodstock Police Department “were notified” about illegal downloads.
Wonder who did the notifying?
My first guess is the feds. As I’m sure you know by now, they have the ability to watch everything we’re doing on the internet. Even before it was that pervasive, though, the feds were all over this internet child porn thing. I’ve had cases in the past where they notice a download of material that shouldn’t be downloaded and either start their own investigation or assist the local police in getting the investigation going. Sometimes they’ll bust somebody on one end of an illegal transaction, get that person to cooperate in further investigation, and then extend the investigation out to other people and jurisdictions.
Is that what happened here? I don’t know. The police are clearly trying to protect the identity of whoever provided them the information, though.
Interesting article in the Northwest Herald today. It seems that somebody has proposed polluting the pristine woodlands and rolling hills of Bull Valley with a “Rehab Center.” According to the article:
“Representatives from La Voie Inc. appeared in front of the Bull Valley zoning board Monday night for a public hearing on a special permit for a group home for adolescent and adult males recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.”
Now, I used the term “polluting” facetiously. The local residents, on the other hand, would not:
“Residents voiced concerns about declining property values, noise and traffic that would come with the business, Keinz said.
Todd Scheel, who lives next door, said the effect on property values is a main concern, but it’s not the only thing he’s worried about. The house, he said, could be detrimental to the neighborhood’s safety.
“You will do stupid things to get drugs, to get money,” Scheel said.”
While I can appreciate the local Bull Valley resident’s concerns about having people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in their neighborhood, I can’t help but wonder if those concerns are remotely valid. There certainly have been people who have done dumb things for drug money. My experience is that the overwhelming majority of people stealing for drug money are stealing from people they already know, though. Plus, what’s with the assumption that there aren’t a bunch of people living in Bull Valley who aren’t already suffering from addiction of alcohol or drugs. Are they out thieving?
So, to that end, I’d agree with the people proposing the rehab center:
“Kyle Oremus, president of La Voie Inc., said that perception was part of an unfortunate stigma that surrounds addiction.
“The fact of the matter is this disease affects everyone from all walks of life, no matter what your socioeconomic status is,” she said.”
That’s not to say I don’t understand the concern. Would I want a drug rehab center to open right next to my house? It wouldn’t be tops on my list of desired neighbors. On the other hand, I just attacked google to see where the nearest rehab center is to my house. Turns out there’s one offering fairly intensive treatment right in town, less than a mile away. It’s not even in the middle of “25 acres currently zoned as agricultural.”
I’m not sure how long it’s been there- which is a pretty good sign that, whenever it showed up, it didn’t change things much.