People use Craigslist for some pretty strange stuff - and a lot of it, while odd and at times off-putting, usually winds up being pretty funny. This isn't. This is probably one of the worst things I've ever heard - especially involving Craigslist. Prepare yourself.
A 32-year-old Cuba, Missouri man has been arrested and held on $100,000 bond after police captured him attempting to enlist the help of someone he met on Craigslist in the commission of a rape.
Anthony Brinkman allegedly posted a Craigslist ad looking for someone to assist him in sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. The person who eventually responded to his ad was actually an undercover officer at Missouri's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
According to reports, the Craigslist ad stated that he wanted someone to assault the girl with sex toys, and that he was also looking for someone to be her "boyfriend."
There are conflicting reports as to exact identity of the 11-year-old girl. St. Louis' KMOV and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch simply called the girl a "relative," while Rawstory says that the little girl is the man's daughter. The story is just as sick either way.
Police first caught wind of the odd Craigslist ad when one user clicked to report the ad as abusive. After than, an officer posed as a 27-year-old woman and responded to Brinkman's request. Brinkman allegedly sent photos of the girl to the officer before suggesting that they meet at a local Cracker Barrel for a sort of "test" run. The deal was that if the officer (still posing as an interested party) liked the girl, they could then go back and complete the acts.
Brinkman was arrested when he showed up to the restaurant with the girl. Police were shocked that he took it that far. He's now facing counts of attempted statutory sodomy and sex trafficking of a minor.
And the girl? According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Investigators do not believe the girl had been sexually assaulted by Brinkman in the past, [Detective] Slaughter said, but authorities plan to talk more to the girl. Police have seized Brinkman’s computers and are awaiting the results of a forensic analysis.
Slaughter said state caseworkers have been notified. Female police officers initially took the girl back to police headquarters until relatives arrived to take her home, Slaughter said.
Some stories leave you feeling weird for a while - this is most definitely one of those stories. Ick.
Image via police mugshot, StlToday