Mothers in Los Angeles are banding together to consider how to urge California state legislators to ban images of children on any kind of Website with sexual content. "Just the idea that this person could get away with what he was doing and no one could press charges has made me angry," said Jane Thompson, a stay-at-home mother in East Los Angeles. She has every reason to be upset. She told The New York Times she recently read McClellan's comments about a festival in her neighborhood in which he seemed to be describing her child. That crosses a frontier of creepiness that no parent should ever have to experience.
McClellan told the Times that two months ago he was more or less run out of Washington state after the news media there, along with various Websites, drew attention to his activities. He had been posting nonsexual pictures of children on a Website called "Seattle-Tacoma Girl Love," intended to promote the acceptance of pedophiles, and to direct other pedophiles to events and places where children gather.
So he moved to the nation's entertainment capital, Los Angeles, which he must have assumed was a more welcoming environment for perverts and their "Girl Love" Websites. The climate was one draw, McClellan told the Times, but there are also "so many world-class children's attractions here, Disneyland, festivals and whatnot."
He launched a site called "Los Angeles Girl Love," but now parents and news outlets aren't the only ones who've cramped McClellan's style. Internet hosting companies also have pulled the plug on him, even though he hopes to start again with a Dutch Web host. (Does Europe really want to be more "tolerant" of this?)
Thank God for small favors, that some American Internet and radio companies are public-spirited enough to stop the obscene behavior being advanced through their media. But you can feel the frustration level rising among families when, in the first instance, with the Internet, they have no legal protection, and in the second, the broadcast airwaves, they do, yet those in authority won't act.