Sunday, June 12, 2005

Mostly Star Trek

Apathy Jack writes:

From an article about the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit. Offered without comment. (Except to say: I told you so – I’ve been saying this about sci-fi fans for years. Years, I tell you!)

The first thing detectives from the Toronto police sex crimes unit saw when they entered Roderick Cowan's apartment was an autographed picture of William Shatner. Along with the photos on the computer of Scott Faichnie, also busted for possessing child porn, they found a snapshot of the pediatric nurse and Boy Scout leader wearing a dress "Federation" uniform. Another suspect had a TV remote control shaped like a phaser. Yet another had a Star Trek credit card in his wallet. One was using "Picard" as his screen name. In the 3 1/2 years since police in Canada's biggest city established a special unit to tackle child pornography, investigators have been through so many dwellings packed with sci-fi books, DVDs, toys and collectibles like Klingon swords and sashes that it's become a dark squadroom joke. "We always say there are two types of pedophiles: Star Trek and Star Wars," says Det. Ian Lamond, the unit's second-in-command. "But it's mostly Star Trek."


HORansome said...

It would be interesting to find out more about the correlation. I would like to think that it shows that the kinds of people likely to be paedophiles (insular, lacking in self-confidence, et al) are the kinds of people likely to be impressed by (and devote time to) a 'philosophy' like that espoused by the human characters of Star Trek.


And yet the overwhelming temptation is to simply say, as so many of us have for years, that Star Trek fans are perverts.

liver said...

As I'm aware of the entertainment collection of most of my friends... yeah, perverts the lot of them.

I completely deny any allegations of owning Star Trek DVD's.