It happens. Once in a while. But to me it happened twice within a few weeks. It's on my mind a lot, and that's why I want to blog about it. Maybe some of you can relate. You think you know someone, but then - oh well. Let me share those 2 stories. Today I share number 1. Tomorrow number 2. So stay tuned.
That day I knew the News - Part 1: I was in a Team with a Monster(ok... innocent until proven guilty...)
I went to a manager seminar a couple of months ago. My job sends us to stuff like this a lot. It's usually a fun and educating day out of the office.
This specific seminar was in a town 30 miles from here. Our little group arrived, and one of the other groups of managers there was whole bunch of people from our County's Sheriff department. The ones I know, I usually get along with well. There were a few new faces though.
At one point we've had to get together in groups to work on stuff together. We just went by "ok, you sit right next to me, so hey, let's be a group!" One guy from the Sheriff department was in my group. Before we were doing this group work, he already stood out. Not really in a good way. More like trying to be funny. While being not. Really. Being kind of a smartpants. Polite, nice, but somehow a little odd. Awkward might be the right word.
Anyway... we worked in our group, had conversations, discussions. The seminar was over, farewell, see you around, bla bla. It's a small town and a small county, so...
After that seminar I met said guy about 3 or 4 times around the community, we chatted for a few minutes. Then, early June, the news hit. I clicked on a link on my Facebook timeline. And there he was. Picture and everything. He got arrested:
"A child pornography investigation has led to the arrest of a ... deputy.THIS is one of the worst crimes in my opinion. Keep you sick hands off of children!!! I know he's innocent until proven guilty, but these news made me feel so sick. And they wouldn't go ahead and arrest someone just because they feel like it.
The ... County Sheriff's Office says Sergeant Justin C ... was arrested by State Police.
The SO says C... has been fired and the agency is cooperating with the investigation.
C ..., 37, of ..., is being held in the ... County Jail.
He is charged with Access with Intent to View Child Porn and Receipt of Child Pornography."
You know, you start thinking, why didn't we see something is wrong with him. Funny dude being a sicko like this. If it's true - how long was he doing this? Was watching this sick sh*t the only thing he did? You start looking at pictures on his Facebook profile (sure you were friends with him on there!!) differently. Today there actually was an update on this case in the newspaper.
"Former ... SO deputy indicted on child porn chargesWe will see how this story ends...
... A former ... County sheriff’s deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of child pornography charges."