• Conviction - kinky_man_in_corona - Corona, California

    - Chatlog Conviction -
    File originally posted on 5/20/2007 8:14 PM PST [Link to File]
    Report made 5/20/2007 8:14 PM PST

    kinky_man_in_corona (10:32:14 AM): Beth you are a real cutie how are you doing?
    bubblebeth2005 (10:32:56 AM): awwww ty im fine
    kinky_man_in_corona (10:33:04 AM): cool....
    bubblebeth2005 (10:34:13 AM): :)
    bubblebeth2005 (10:34:18 AM): wuts ur asl?
    bubblebeth2005 (10:35:47 AM): u ther?
    bubblebeth2005 (10:42:18 AM): lol ok bye
    kinky_man_in_corona (11:23:31 AM): sorry beth I got booted off are you still there?
    bubblebeth2005 (11:24:20 AM): yah im hear
    kinky_man_in_corona (11:24:49 AM): cool you are really a cutie...no school this week?
    bubblebeth2005 (11:25:24 AM): not til next
    kinky_man_in_corona (11:26:20 AM): cool I take it parents aren't home
    One line won't cut it this time...

    Usually we don't expound too much on the lines of chat, but that's the very BEGINNING of the chat-log. Note one thing... we hadn't even gave the age yet. He already knew she was in school, knew she was young, knew she lived with parents... and then immediately starting sniffing around to see if she was safe. You might read the above quoted line area and think \"Yeah... that's innocuous\" but there is no greater example of how internet predators work. That is textbook. Check the age. Check the security. Then move on to the sex later.

    Anyways, Walter Babst is best known as the teacher who sat in front of Chris Hansen during the Riverside episode pleading to be killed on the spot. While the law doesn't quite allow that, Babst will be \"enjoying\" a nice spell in prison and some of the usual fun RSO restrictions.

    Babst will face a year in jail and five years extended probation. He also will have all the usual California RSO restrictions, from not being around children unsupervised to not taking a job in a position which involves children... hence, no more teaching. Very appropriate, we'd say.

    Notes from the Contributor, Wendy
    What to say about Walter Edward Babst . . .

    During Dateline Riverside, my very first encounter with the beast that is a Perverted-Justice Group Media Bust, I'd started trolling early and often with my profile - 12 year-old Beth. The picture I used was unmistakable: wearing a Santa Claus cap and braces, smiling like the world really hadn't shown her its ugliest sides, there's no way anyone mistook her for an adult. Just no way.

    Yet, the number of people drawn to her in the span of a month was unbelievable. Beth really did see it all - from college-aged to those old enough to be a grandparent.

    One of those who made the step from online chatting to knocking on our door was 40 year-old Walter Babst. I still shocked easily back then, so it was bad enough that a man his age was hitting up a pre-teen like Beth for sex. When this high schools teacher told me what he did for a living, however, I knew I needed to do whatever was within my power to schedule him an appointment with the Riverside Sheriff's Department.

    He moved fairly fast, showing up after only a day of chatting with me. >From the vulgar descriptions of what he wanted to do to me to the flippant attitude about taking a 12 year-old's virginity, combined with the disturbing profile he used (proudly displaying his status as a member of such wholesome groups as \"Kinki Kids\", \"Cherry Poppin' Daddies\", and \"Older Men for Younger Girls\") - chatting with Babst was a thoroughly revolting experience from start to finish. I truly wasn't very surprised when he linked me to the profile of another Perverted-Justice.com contributor who was working the bust that weekend; in my eyes, that's more than telling of whether or not this was \"the first time\" he ever did anything of this nature. I'm just relieved it was this time he got caught.

    This bust was perhaps one of my most gratifying because this man was someone his community trusted. Parents turn their children over to teachers every day, expecting them to protect and educate those children. Babst admits in the chat that he \"never does anything like this with students\", which may be a blessing enough, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you shouldn't shit where you eat. His supposed unwillingness to abuse his own students doesn't suggest morality; it only proves he wanted to remain able to receive a paycheck. Luckily for the rest of us, teachers who molest don't lose their jobs for inappropriate conduct with just students, but with ANY child.

    When this Dateline aired for the first time, and we were allowed to hear the thoughts of some of Babst's former students, I knew that whether he'd crossed a line with them mattered not - there were obviously girls who felt uncomfortable and creeped out by his presence. The fact that they'll never again have to look over their shoulder around him is, by far, one of the best feelings that ever came from my position as a chat contributor.

    Thanks once again to Lt. Chad Bianco, Det. Richard Sheldon, and all of the awesome, hardworking LEOs at the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for removing toxins like Walter Babst from the places they least need to be - in positions of authority over our children.

    This is our 190th conviction since June of 2004 and our 69th conviction for 2007 so far.