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October 1, 2008

"California Sex Offender Put in Charge of Kids at Marijuana Festival"

The title of this post sound like a headline from The Onion (similar to this comical recent Onion headline, "Palin Brushing Up On Foreign Policy At Epcot").  But, in fact, the title of this post is the headline from this AP story at Fox News.  Here is more:

A convicted sex offender was put in charge of the children's play area at the weekend Santa Cruz medical marijuana festival. Registered sex offender Patricia Babiana Mince didn't commit a crime and there were no reports of inappropriate behavior, police said.  Capt. Steve Clark said it was "just an unfortunate lapse in judgment."...

The 48-year-old Mince, who was in charge of the children's game booths, was convicted in 2000 of molesting a 15-year-old girl and giving the girl methamphetamines.  She's listed on the Megan's Law Web site.

As a noted philosopher might say, "D'oh."

October 1, 2008 at 07:57 AM | Permalink


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Boy those sex offender registration laws really work well, don't they?

An alternative headline to this story could have been, "Children's supervised play at festival was uneventful," but one supposes that wouldn't sell as many newspapers.

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Oct 1, 2008 8:15:12 AM

It just wouldn't be Fox News if they didn't choose the most sensationalistic headline. You can imagine on the Telly, them saying something like "Find out next [after these commercials, of course since the commercials are our real reason to exist] the shocking way that sex offenders can access your children" complete with omnious music.

Sometimes, I think that The Onion is the most accurate news source around.

Posted by: Zack | Oct 1, 2008 11:12:57 AM

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