It's a bit early yet in this story. All the details aren't out and, most importantly, he hasn't been found guilty of anything.
But if this story plays out the way you thing it might, if he's found guilty, well then, we might quite possibly be looking at the stupidest son of a bitch in all of Newfoundland.
Now, you have to appreciate that there's a lot of competition for that category. Even if you discount all the federal, provincial and municipal politicians, there's still some hefty contenders for that title.
But really, a RCMP officer, chatting with underage children on a computer, at work. That's just...wow. That's a level of dumb I find hard to comprehend.
I really don't understand trying to lure kids on a computer, anyway. For one thing, I'm not wired that way. I think I'm at the point where pretty much everyone under 21 annoys me. But even if I were, just look at the risk/reward thing. It seems like about two-thirds of the police forces in the world are engaged in some kind of sting operation where an officer is pretending to be a 13 year old girl.
That doesn't even count the reporters out there doing the same thing. I'm becoming convinced that NBC is becoming the Dateline: To Stalk a Predator network. Every week they have one of those shows where they lure some sleazy looking guy into a house expecting to find a young girl waiting for him. Instead, oooops there's a TV camera and a scolding Stone Phillips.
I figure if you're a sleazeball looking for a young girl on a chat room there's a 50/50 chance these days it's a reporter or cop and not a teenager.
Anyway, the point being, this officer, if it's all true, is the Grand Poobah of schmucks. Or the Stupidest Son of a Bitch in Newfoundland. Congrats. Be sure to hang the certificate up in the cell. It'll go over well.