Given the flat nature of internet communication, lacking in physical or tonal cues, can people actually deduce the true age and gender of someone who is pretending to be someone else? Deceivers were instructed to play the role of a 13-year-old girl.Receivers, in contrast, were misled to believe that they might be talking with individuals ranging in age from young children to the elderly.
Just like Ritter, Plumridge engaged in online chat with an undercover police officer posing as a teenage girl, in this case a 13-year-old with the screen name of "Erin Princess Baby." His defense was simple, according to a forthcoming article in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: "He claimed that he knew the person with whom he was communicating was an older male and he was simply role playing." At trial, he testified that the covert police operative inadvertently supplied various content cues as to his true age and gender.
For example, he signed off by saying "see ya later alligator," something no self-respecting 21st-century girl would say.
As law enforcement officers increasingly partake in trolling the internet for sexual predators in their spare time, it is probably only a matter of time before the Bond University study is introduced into court as evidence.
The study, "No one Knows you're a Dog on the Internet: Implications for Proactive Police Investigation of Sexual Offenders," has been accepted for publication in "At his trial, he testified that he never for a moment believed he was talking to a minor; he assumed he was chatting with a bored housewife pretending to be 15." In hindsight, his perception was the TRUE REALITY.
He resigned after accusing the United States and UN of failing to get tough with Saddam Hussein.
Later, he said that Iraq had destroyed its weapons of mass destruction, and he became a vocal critic of the US-led invasion.None of the receivers believed they were talking to someone under the age of 16.Thus, the claims of Plumridge and Ritter, that they knew they were chatting with adults but ignored that reality for purposes of fantasy role-playing, appear to have some scientific basis.Fantasy defense succeeds in Queensland Had it not been for his two earlier cases, Ritter's defense might not have been all that far-fetched.After all, it worked for Darryl Plumridge of Queensland, Australia back in 2007.He met his second wife, Marina, a translator, while assigned as a counterintelligence officer in the former Soviet Union. Remember Scott Ritter […] As a fervent Bush critic with a military background, United Nations credentials, and (best of all) some history as a Republican, Ritter was extremely useful to the anti-war Left, which absolutely lionized him. His offenses caught up with him in a Pennsylvania court on Friday, where a jury found him guilty on six counts of unlawful contact with a minor. Like Cindy Sheehan, John Edwards, and other hard-Left superheroes, he stopped being interesting when he stopped being useful.