Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation Victims

February 26, 2009 -

The owner of an independent video game shop in Missouri has been charged with molesting young men who came to his place of business.

As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Leland Beasley, 41, operated the Gamestation Section 19 in Lemay:

Beasley... is being held on $250,000 cash-only bond... St. Louis County police believe Beasley had contact with at least 10 different teens at the shop between March 2006 and January...


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Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation ...

IF you feel embarrassed having to walk into a lingerie store with your boyfriend in public then you can always visit eBay Adult Store

Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation

Yet when a priest rapes a kid, they usually get off with a warning from the bishop.

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Oh, hell, I remember when Frank started at our church. Our pastor (who is young, compared to a stereotypical preacher like Billy Graham) wanted to get to know him, which he meant as literally getting acquainted, and Frank took it sexually, and, thankfully, asked me what he had meant. He has a case of Asperger's Syndrome that is... worse than mine, for lack of a more appropriate term. Can't say much else until the time is right.

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Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation ...

"A video game shop owner accused of having inappropriate sexual conduct with young men ..."

"... is charged with two counts of first-degree child molestation ..."

Gotta' love semantics.

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 well if the two young men were under 18, then yea i think this falls under child molestation, I don't think they'res any "teenage molestation" or "young men ...".

 

I might be completely wrong on this, i didn't research, but never heard of them

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Yeah. I'm just perplexed by the fact that a person can be considered a "man" on the one hand, and a "child" on the other.

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Marty B's right. At 17 years and 11 months-old, you're not properly referred to in English as a "child." "Young person" is more appropriate. But for the purposes of the child molestation laws, at that age you can't give informed consent to sex and are technically a "child" who can be molested.  

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What a douchebag...*sigh*

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

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Again? Seriously?

Pic says it all.

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Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation ...

I'll bet 100 bucks that this guy still lives with his mother.

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Watch, despite that it was an independantly owned store, someone is going to attack Gamestop for not screening new employees more carefully.

 

Regardless, the 250k cash only bail ain't high enough.

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Why not? Do you have any idea how hard it is, even for the very well-to-do among us, to come with $250,000 in cash? Even if you were willing to put up your $1,000,000 house and your first-born child as collateral, the odds on you getting that kinda cheese from a lending institution in the current credit climate is about 1 in 250,000.

Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation

Actually, you usually only need 10% of your bail.  So, $25,000.  That's not hard at all.

Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation

25000 my house cost just over half that. That is not a easy amount to get together.

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@Arell:

Actually, on a cash-only bond you need each and every dollar bill of $250,000 in cash. That's why it's called a cash-only bond and not a surety bond.

Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation

That's true, but you're forgetting about Bail Bondsman.  If you have collateral, like a house or a business, then you only need to get 10% to the bondsman, and they'll pay the full amount.

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I doubt that the average bail bondsman will be quick to underwite a $250,000 cash-only bond because the average bail bondsman, like most of us, don't have that kinda cash laying around.

Ninety-five percent of a bondsman's business is in underwriting surety bonds (cash-only bonds are actually rarely ordered by a court). The bondsman doesn't ever have to pay the full amount of a surety bond up front in order to secure the detainee's release. Instead, once they've got their 10% of the bond amount and some sort of collateral, they merely promise to pay the full amount of the bond if the detainee does not return for court appearances (this is called "standing as surety," hence the name "surety bond"). If, and only if, the detainee does not return for court, then the bondsman has to cough up the full amount of the bond and is entitled to liquidate the bondee's collateral in order to recoup that money or get Dog the Bounty Hunter to find the detainee and drag that ass back to jail. That's how surety bonds work. In a very real sense, it's like placing a bet with a bookie who'll let you do so without you giving him any money and will only require you to pay up if your bet loses.

A cash-only bond works differently. It requires that the full amount of the bond be paid up-front in cash (usually by cashier's check) in order to secure the detainee's return for court. A promise from a bondsman to pay if the detainee does not appear is insufficient to satisfy a cash-only bond. While you may be able to find a bondsman that is willing to up front the money for a cash-only bond, it is very, very rare, particularly for large amounts -- and particular more so if the bondee presents any sort of flight risk -- because doing so requires vast amounts of liquid cash and, as I explained above, in 9 out of 10 cases, a bondsman usually doesn't have to come up with the full amount of a bond in cash unless the bondee doesn't show up for court and, therefore, the typical bondsman doesn't have large amounts of liquid cash reserves on hand because there's no need -- promises to pay is how the bondsman capitalizes 90% of their business. Again, you may find one willing to do cash-only bonds, but you'll be looking for a long time.

This is why courts order cash-only bonds when they aren't keen on seeing a defendant back out on the street any time soon. The ol' "Here's my 10% and the title to my momma house" routine don't usually work for cash-only bonds. A cash-only bond -- particularly one in the amount of $250,000 -- usually means that unless the defendant can scrape together the cash on their own (e.g., selling their momma's house for cash), they better get used to an extended period of eating bologna and cheese sandwhiches for lunch.   

    

Re: Cops: Owner Used Video Game Store to Meet Molestation

The reason that he got a cash-only bond is likely because he's a flight risk.

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More likely the belief, stated or not, that someone who's alleged by the police to have molested 10 young men over an extended period of time is a serial molestor -- many sexual predators commit serial crimes -- and is likely to commit similiar crimes again if on the loose while awaiting trial.

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Just my opinion, and hey ,the guy is a scumbag for what he did.

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Is it just me or do all perverts look like they're perverts? I'm asking myself how does this mug step to some young man and not have them yell, "Get away from me, you pervert!!"

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I'm also not trying to profile here but most of them always end up being white and middle-aged (middle age crisis?)...I mean I hear about people from other races raping all the time, but it's usually adult heterosexual rape.

GameSnooper

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haha that article was all i could think of when i saw his face.

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HEY! I RESEMBLE THAT REMARK!!! :)

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No wonder the Gamestop clerk has been giving me looks... creepy.

Seriously thought, this is fucked up.

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quiknkoldThere's some more tweets regarding it with more pictures09/21/2014 - 8:09am
quiknkoldMilo Yiannopoulos was mailed a syringe filled with clear liquid. He claims it's anti gamergate harassment. Mentioned on his twitter twitter.com/Nero/status/51366668391625523209/21/2014 - 8:07am
Andrew EisenNow, having said that, what sites are you reading that are claiming that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem" or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"? Or was that hyperbole too?09/21/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenFirst of all, ONE person in the Shout box suggested an obligation to call harassers out on their harassing but only after YOU brought it up. Plus, Techno said "when you see it happening." If you don't see it, you're not under any obligation.09/21/2014 - 1:02am
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Sleaker@AE - Hyperbole for the first 2, but it seems like some of the comments in the shout are attempting to place blame on fellow gamers because they aren't actively telling people to stop harassing even though they don't necessarily know anyone that has.09/21/2014 - 12:16am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Who the heck are you reading that is claiming "all gamers are bad," we "need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers," that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem," or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"?09/20/2014 - 9:44pm
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