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Fur charged with first-degree kidnapping of minor

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On May 1, 16-year-old Kiera Inman left home in Spokane, Washington to meet 30-year-old Zachary Jones, known as Kelo on Fur Affinity, where Inman's grandmother believes they met.

The two were found at a rest stop in Columbus, Ohio, where Jones was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping, a federal law punishable by "not less than 20 years of imprisonment" when a minor is the victim. Kelo's Fur Affinity account has been suspended; he also has accounts on Inkbunny, Weasyl and SoFurry.

Inman, whose grandparents describe her as "developmentally delayed", was said to have been groomed online by Jones for several weeks according to entries in her diary, and she left a note reading, "by the time you read this I'm gone...or dead".

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Keira was 16 but her FA profile said 19. I noticed that it only held one submission of art declaring love for Kelo and it's now suspended. There was one article describing her developmental delay as impairing realistic life decisions.

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But Kelo was in fact more stupid than Kiera.

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Where do you see anyone calling Kiera stupid?

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Where do you see anyone calling Kiera stupid?

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Hi guys :) There's a line somewhere between "30 year old and 19 year old are in love" and "30 year old abducts 16 year old", and the 30 year old crossed it, we can all agree right? It's worth saying that he may not have known at first but at some point chose to ignore it.

There's one thing I HATE about stories like these. There are stories of straight up predator abuse and there are ones of stupidity. Lumping them together with loaded words like "grooming" and "luring" hurts people and doesn't help.

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I get the shivers when a minor simply suggests meeting up privately. Unfortunately I'm sure the shivers will increase as I go over 30. I wish the fandom had more middle-aged & older guys.

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His actions certainly seem to point in that direction.

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If someone is still living with someone and you wish to be with them, you should be introducing yourself in some way to those that the person is living with, especially if they are indicated to be a parent or guardian, even if your intent is just to move away with the person.

Why? Cause then they can go. "Well that's romantic you'd drive all the way across the country an' all. But you realize she's 16 right?"

Crisis adverted for one, and for two if you're going to be in a relationship with someone you she get a chance to know all those important to that person.

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I mean, if a person who's going to be moving to another state with you only meets you away from their home, and only brings two items (one of them being a stuffed animal), it's really hard for me to think it was simply the result of a misunderstanding due to her misrepresenting her age on an online profile.

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I've been dating a 19-year old for about six months. (We met online; I'm 48.) The first thing I did when we met? Checked his driver's license.

When in doubt, check it out.

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I can't wait to this guy gets out of prison and then Wikifur scrubs his profile like it never happened.

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Care to point out where a documented crime of similar magnitude has been whitewashed from Wikifur? No? Thought not.

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Come now, you didn't offer much of a chance to reply! I can think of a handful of cases where WikiFur editors agreed to expunge civil and criminal cases, once "spent". In some cases, there was doubt over the fairness of the conviction; in others, its fandom relevance - which plays into whether there's a "public interest" for WikiFur to maintain RL information.

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You Europeans and your whole "Right to Forget", I'm more a "Right to Forgive" guy myself.

But only if someone does their time of course. And hopefully, after doing his time the guy will know better then to go doing what he did again... I'd hope...

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I don't particularly like it myself; but if WikiFur were run just as I (or anyone) liked, it wouldn't be much of a wiki.

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Not all of us Europeans support that wishy-washy "right to forget" nonsense.

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I'm not to surprised that would be the case. Was being a little tongue in cheek there.

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I certainly find it interesting and sometimes useful, though normally it would only come into play where I hear someone did something then I check sources such as Wikifur or Flayrah to help add some details and context. Certainly knowing they've broken the law may change how I act around them, or how much I may trust them.

I've heard some anecdotes of people being burned by furs that were known for shady dealings in the past; with the increases in the number of furs these days I'm not sure whether such information that might prevent future abuses being published in one location helps or not, I don't think it hurts though. But the sheer amount of people these days in the fandom... things get diluted or not as reported as much as it would in a smaller more close-knit fandom.

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