February 25, 2008
Queens, NY (The Weekly Vice) -- Bradley Dieffenbacher, a 32 year old middle school math teacher has been arrested and charged after police say Dieffenbacher had inappropriate online relationships with minors that may have included sexual contact.
But hold on, don't let the word "online" dampen the effect. According to police, Dieffenbacher had sexually explicit conversations with eight of his 12 and 13 year old boy students. He also directed them to porn sites and allegedly used a webcam to watch one of the boys masturbate to his instructions.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Dieffenbacher was arrested over the weekend and charged with use of a child in a sexual performance. He was arraigned on Saturday under a 16 count criminal complaint which included the following:
One count of use of a child in a sexual performance. Eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Three counts of attempted use of a child in a sexual performance. Three counts of attempted promoting of a sexual performance of a child and one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child.
"The charges are very disturbing," said Brown. "A teacher is accused of preying on the young students he is entrusted to teach. A classroom should always be a safe place for a child."
Dieffenbacher, who resigned his teaching position (duh) is being held on a $150,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in the state prison.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
Parents who read The Vice regularly or even on occasion already know there are some sickos out there who strive to lure their kids into the twisted carnal amusements of adults. Most however take the Internet more lightly, feeling like it's a duty to give children some space. Stories like this (and this is just one of many) should give you a strong reason to re-examine that assessment. If anything, it should give you a purpose to peek in on their online activities at least a little more often.
Recently I read a widely distributed report from PBS, which sought to downplay the dangers of online predators by calling the issue 'overblown'.
You can read this crock of horse-shit HERE, however I'd love to confine the author of that article to Mr. Dieffenbacher's cell, so Dieffenbacher could show this 'expert' what it's like to be a victim.
It only takes one assault to bring a child a lifetime of confusion, regret, sexual dysfunction and shattered self esteem. Here, in one single case, we have eight lives that will be subject to the "overblown" realities of online predators. And by the way Anastasia (the author), if you're listening.... Send me an email if you ever wish to debate the issue. You'll lose.
Be safe and never view your oversight of a child's online activities as an intrusion.
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