Pervert Hid in Toys 'R' Us Bathroom to Prey on Boys

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Lucas D. Trethewey Between the story of a 12-year-old boy raped in a Burger King bathroom last week and one this week of a teenager who was caught taking pictures of a 6-year-old in a Toys "R" Us bathroom, my son may never pee alone until he's somewhere in his mid-20s.

This latest case happened in Seattle at the Northgate Toys "R" Us, a store I visited more than a few times when I lived in the area. The 6-year-old boy was with his grandmother, and she seemingly did everything right by poking her head into the restroom to make sure no one was in there. The offender, 18-year-old Lucas D. Trethewey, however, was hiding in a stall, waiting to make his move.

According to a story in the Seattle PI, the boy came running out of the restroom and said a man had poked his head under the stall he was using. He said the man also held a cellphone under the stall and took pictures. Can you even imagine how terrifying that must have been for a 6-year-old?

The boy's grandmother called store security who monitored the bathroom door until police arrived. There they found Trethewey with his pants unzipped. Seattle Police Detective Lauren Givens told the court:

It is clear Trethewey was hiding in the restroom stall at the Toys "R" Us restroom. Trethewey took photos with his cell phone of (the boy) ... in a place where (he) had a reasonable expectation that he would disrobe in privacy.

It wasn't his first offense either. Earlier this year he served seven months in juvenile detention because he had groped a young boy at a gym. Hopefully this recent case will get him locked up and kept away from young children for good.

But as outraged and scared as it makes me for my own children, it also makes me deeply sad. Because as sick and perverted as Trethewey must be to do such things, he's only 18. What happened in his short life to make him do such things? Were horrible things done to him too? He's an adult now and has free choice, so I'd never excuse his actions, but I can't say that I don't feel a little bit sorry for him too.

Do stories like these change the way you let your children use public restrooms?


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nonmember avatar Shelly

Who in their right mind would let a 6 year old go in alone? Whatever happened to taking them in the ladies room, with you? I feel terrible for that little boy, and am so glad he wasn't more severely abused. If I were that boys mother, I would be LIVID at the grandmother. Seriously?!!? I hope the grandmother learned a lesson in all this. It could have been so much worse.

banan... banana-bear

They don't change the way I let my kids use the restrooms, they just further reinforce my decision to NEVER let them go in alone. How sad this story is though - kids cannot be safe, it seems, anywhere they go.

nonmember avatar Rhianon

This doesn't technically change my view, I'm a free range type of parent, but I'm sorry no matter how uncomfortable going into a public restroom with your child is for you, your child or spouse it has to be done..I would never let my daughter go alone until she is at least 12 or 13 &if she hates me soo what, at least she's safe

Ladyw... Ladywithtwo

The grandmother deserves no blame! She isn't the sicko!

This is why sex offenders do NOT deserve a second shot. One time and you are NEVER out of prison, youth or not.

nonmember avatar CB

children crave independence. I don't think the grandmother was wrong at all to let the boy go in alone. at 6 he's perfectly capable of using the restroom by himself, and even knew what to do when this happened-he ran out and told his grandmother immediately. this is totally 1OO% the fault of the man. do I feel bad for him in any way? no. and I'm sorry, I do not think that we can always blame someone's childhood. I'm not saying he didn't have something happen to him, but some people are just born sick and predisposed to end up this way. but we always jump to blame the childhood.

nonmember avatar Liz

PRIMA there's no need for name calling. And CB it's been proven that an overwhelming majority of child molesters were once molested themselves. She's not excusing his behavior, he's an adult. But there's a chance that at some point in his life, he too was abused. If this is the case, I too feel bad for the child he once was, and for the abuse he most likely went through. I do not, however, feel sorry for the time he will (hopefully) spend in jail for choosing to continue such abuse.

Ember... Emberbaby

Why do you feel sorry for the perv again? I have girls so I always with them. When I see moms bring boys into the women's bathroom, I completely understand and support their choice. Luckily family bathrooms are getting more and more common around here.

momav... momavanessa

My boys are very young(younger than 4) and they will go with me to the restroom for awhile.

LucyB... LucyBbie.

@ EvilEyes OMG Sounds Horrible.

But Still that doesnt give him any rite to do what he did. I dnt Blame the Grama bt she should of been more carefull.

I would of Damage that Motha#@*ker I HATE people that see Innocent Children that way, really go get ur self a Free or money charging SLUT.

SmaMa... SmaMa1012

ew! i have a 3 year old son and i always take him and always will take him with me to the Ladies Room till hes old enough, 18.. =)  even before i became a mother i never let my siblings go alone, im the oldest of 5 so i always had that protective thing.. even with my girly friends we would buddy up to the ladies room.. i feel bad for the kid the grandmother Sould of took him to the ladies room or the Family restroom.poorthing.

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