Listen: Missouri, Mealey, Attorney discussed on Jim Bohannon
"Is story number three of the four at ten we'll continue couple of moments. Thirty six. The sports story. The four ten, I'm just curious visually action of this. This is this is an interesting one. Springfield, Missouri a man has been sentenced to five years probation after admitting to a sex crime with an eleven year old girl, Joseph mealy up or announce it that way. It's twenty two years old pleaded guilty to thirteen agree child-molestation, but the conviction could go off his record, if he successfully completes probation mealy will be required to register. However as a sex offender as part of his plea court documents saying, Neely connected with a girl on an online dating website. And they arranged to meet in person back in July of twenty seventeen. So this has been in the court system while a sexual encounter ensued. Mealey's attorney says the girl told him she was eighteen years old. So she played it off as if she's eighteen during this online. Encounter, this online relationship, if you call it that they were together. They meet up. She was reported missing concidentally, police officers firefighters sheriff's deputies scouring the area near the girl's home in Missouri. She was eventually found by the way, back at her home later that night, but she was packing a bag to leave again, according to court documents show, so she was. Going to meet up with him again. Not sure whether they were going to go after that. But nonetheless, court documents, say the girl told authorities about meeting up with mealy, by the way, she later pets, it positive for Claudia mealy was originally charged with several serious felonies, including kidnapping, statutory, sodomy and statutory rape. The lawyer for the for the twenty two year old guy was says, look, my client was essentially catfish cat fishing is being lured into believing. Somebody online is somebody. They're not says he was lured into believing the girl was eighteen and when he found out, she was eleven felt horrible at the hearing, the judge sentenced him to probation despite the state asking that he'd be sent to prison for one hundred twenty days, I think this is a just outcome. Not surprisingly said the attorney for the Manso. So, again, twenty two year old man, online, dating website comes across a girl who he believes as an adult, she. Herself as an eighteen year old they meet up. They have sex she gets Clemencia, and it's only well, after the fact that he is told and learns she is eleven years old. Bet puts her in what fifth or sixth grade fifth or sixth grade the first question that comes to my mind is it's one thing to parade yourself as older than you are online. That's easy to do a photo can be, you know, take the right angle. Whatever you can Dr photo, it's online. You can be anybody, you want, sadly, on the web, they meet up they have relations, and he did not know until some point well after clearly because I think in the court documents had he had the judge been convinced that he. Knew of her age before their physical story. This result is different. So clearly, I think it's fair to deduce that he did not find out she was in fifth or sixth grade until after in which case his lawyer says he felt horrible about it. Well, how is the online dating site, not responsible for some of this because you, would you soom going in that everyone is of legal age? But then, you know as I think about it. How do you know that she's not eighteen see her, I developed, she may or may not be question that surrounding the story, I come back to that. Yes. I realized some girls develop faster than other girls. Still just talking to them. You'd be able to pick up on some of that. Forget the forget the fist. Let's just forget the physicality, isn't there something to be said for an eighteen year old the way she speaks the way she. She life experience herself. Yes, is drastically different from an eleven year old. That is a as, as Mike in Waukesha, says, you know, one side of the coin it does sound like the girl did catfish him. But he says that being eighteen to eleven is a big leap. Yes. It is a fifth grader a fifth grader was able to convince him and I'm led to believe based on what we know that clearly, there was legitimacy to this man's claim of. Look, I, I'm not completely at fault here because of what the punishment and right, right? Boy. It's hard not to come down on the day, the online site for putting him in this position. I do think that they have to hold some of the blame. But again, but why, why, why because if, if you're using a dating site, and we don't know what it was. I mean I would love to know. You can't you can't assume I'm assuming that says it in the fine print describe lost. So why would we ever why would he ever think anything else? I mean, of course she's eighteen or older. Because that's your on an online site for adults. But how much is how much is a dating dating app dating website? And I've never never dated online. I've never had a credit card. Peninsula. Other thing you can't do. Oh darn. I don't know that the website is responsible for vetting."