When I was a kid growing up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, we had our share of predators. They were garden variety: older men preying on young girls for sex, a couple of seniors in raincoats, and one really fat old guy that would run around in women's underwear. My first memorable encounter with a bona fide child molester happened while I was walking to my school to play on the swings; a large white car pulled up to the curb. I had been warned, and equipped with only a six year old brain, had forgotten, I was not to walk up to strange vehicles. Lucky for me, this pervert was only into some scare tactics. Down the street lived a man who really enjoyed showing off his body. Us kids would walk by his house sometimes just to see what he would do. More often than not, he would come outside in a pink bathrobe, and with a lot of fanfare, posing and teasing, he would open up to reveal his matching bra and panties. Sometimes the panties were obscured by his gut hanging down; we would laugh and scream all the way home.
Sexual predators have evolved somewhat since I was a child forty years ago. The monsters were real then, but now they are more numerous, and somewhat accepted into the population. They have more sophisticated weapons: internet, television, advertising, obscure laws, leniency, and a network. And this network is what troubles me the most. Recently a man was busted in my neighborhood, in a nice home, with tens of thousands of pornographic images of little kids. He is an elementary school teacher, certified by the State of Texas. Officials believe many of these images are from foreign countries, and at least one was created by this man himself. In this neighborhood we have a school, a park, several apartments full of children, and a sense of innocence---small town dignity. And now many parents are wondering how this pig could have lived, worked, and concealed the cruelest, and sickest of injustices from one of the nosiest, and most suspicious, communities on the planet.
I hope people will begin to realize how awful and cruel child pornography really is. This is not something that should be taken lightly, or swept under the rug of dignity. This is not something anyone should take part in, or help conceal. Little children with fragile minds suffer enough in our world. I am disappointed in the reaction of my fellow citizens, I would have expected more outrage.