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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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Not all adults have driver's licenses though, and most people don't carry around birth certificates.

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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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I don't really see how this is kidnapping if she voluntarily left to be with him. No evidence he kept her against her will. Where is evidence he knew she was 16? Can you really be 'grooming' a minor if you don't know they are a minor?

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That depends, polygamist? Ad hom's an old tactic EV.

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You're fucking up the chart, man.

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Well, okay, he's definitely on the right side of the chart, but he's straddling the top and bottom of the right side.

But it's literally come down to "do you think Nazis and/or pedophiles are bad?" as the defining questions of our political moment.

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what chart

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I'm fucking up the link, man.

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>The term "Nazi" was in use before the rise of the NSDAP as a colloquial and derogatory word for a backwards farmer or peasant, characterizing an awkward and clumsy person. In this sense, the word "Nazi" was a hypocorism of the German male name Ignatz (itself a variation of the name Ignatius) – Ignatz being a common name at the time in Bavaria, the area from which the NSDAP emerged

Nazi is a racist term with a history of discrimination against Bavarians predating the rise of Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. It conveys a sense of hatred of people of German heritage, or perhaps Caucasian heritage altogether, rather than supporters of NSDAP.

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Seriously? Whether true or not, who cares? That's like having hearing someone say a joke is hysterical and then trying to lecture them on the origins of hysteria as meaning a wandering uterus and a catch-all term for females acting differently. Words change over time and the ship has long sailed on that one.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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>hearing someone say a joke is hysterical and then trying to lecture them on the origins of hysteria as meaning a wandering uterus and a catch-all term for females acting differently

We should start doing that. It is clearly a misogynistic adjective. Hysterectomies aren't funny. This word can traumatize women suffering from depression resulting from being forced to have them due to disease.

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So, umm, why, uh, why this response to this (10 month old) comment?

Jesus Christ, they're comin' out of the woodwork today; Diamond Man and tyciol? What is it, my birthday?

(So, "Unite the Right 2" was kinda a bust for you guys, huh? Is that why you're here?)

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Hm come to think of it he sent me a private message on LJ at around the same time as that rally and I ignored it. Which I guess is why he's here now, sorry.

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I didn't pay much attention to UTR2. Unless someone there actually tried to push for unsealing the Bates surveillance footage, they're missing the point.

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Well, thanks a bunch for getting back to me a month later, buddy!

Looking forward to "your welcome!" sometime around Thanksgiving!

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I was really behind in checking my gmail notifications, sorry about that. Been progressively trying internet hiati and watching TV instead.

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In lieu of an update to this post, Higgs Raccoon pointed out that there's an age-matched Zachary Wayne Jones being held in a low-security facility in Hopewell, Virginia, with a release date of February 24, 2025. I haven't been able to find any updates to this case and can't even say for certain if this is the same person.

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