Pedophilia doesn't pay. That's the lesson you could get from this bizarre and disgusting story of two pedophiles who tried to use a young girl for their sick needs -- but ended up destroying each other instead. A 59-year-old Texas A&M professor allegedly began emailing what he thought was an underage girl online, only to receive an outraged call from her "father" demanding $5,000 for the girl's "counseling." But it turned out that all wasn't what it seemed in this twisted scenario and both men would pay a steep price -- one with his life.
The professor, a married father of two named James Aune, reportedly met what he believed was an underage girl on a social networking site called MocoSpace.com. He was apparently trolling for young girls, and really, a married professor should know he's taking a huge risk doing that. But he did it anyway. Pedophiles are like that.
Reportedly, the naked videos and pictures of the girl were real -- but behind them wasn't the girl, but her relative, 37-year-old Daniel Timothy Duplaisir. Duplaisir set up a fake name and email account pretending to be the girl. Once he got the professor's phone number, he began texting him, pretending to be the girl's angry father. One text reportedly went: "Let me tell you (expletive) ... you sick old (expletive) ... I told you I was going to call the cops." Said another: "If I do not hear from you I swear to God Almighty that the police in your place of employment, students ALL OVER THE INTERNET ... ALL OF THEM will be able to see your conversations, text, pictures you sent."
But instead of calling the cops, he began blackmailing Aune for $5,000. Pretty twisted scheme. Aune sent the blackmailer $1,000 and at some point confessed to his poor wife that he was being blackmailed. He promised to pay up the rest later.
But on the day of Aune's suicide, Duplaisir escalated his threats. Finally, Aune wrote, "Killing myself now. And u will be prosecuted for blackmail."
Duplaisir now faces charges of extortion. And get this, Duplaisir had already been arrested in 2011 -- for incest and sexual battery of the same young female relative. Where are this girl's parents???
Both of these guys couldn't control their illegal and immoral sexual impulses, and both of them ended up destroying each other. But frankly I'm more concerned about this girl. What will happen to her? No word on how old she is. Was it obvious she was underage from her online profile? Did the professor know she was underage? How did a man who was well-respected in the community, an author, and a professor end up sinking so low?
I'd like to say this could serve as a warning for pervs to stay off the Internet trolling for young girls, but if spending time in prison doesn't deter them, I don't think this will either.
What do you think of these guys? Do you think he should be charged with causing his suicide too?
Image via Metairie Sheriff's Office