The Associated Press
5:26 PM EDT, May 29, 2009
PITTSBURGH - Officials have charged a legislative staffer they say wanted to dress up in a panda costume and have sex with a 15-year-old boy.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says 40-year-old Alan David Berlin was charged Thursday with attempted sexual exploitation of children and related crimes.
A Corbett spokesman says the boy's parents alerted authorities after finding graphic messages on his computer. He says agents found wolf- and cat-type costumes in Berlin's home.
Berlin has been suspended from his job working as an aide for a Republican lawmaker. He has worked in the state Senate about a decade.
Berlin is in the Dauphin County jail. Officials didn't know if he had an attorney.
I had started writing a post last week about how child pornography had been nominated for two categories in the 2008 Ursa Major Awards, and luckily for the furry fandom had not won (but by what margin I'd be interested in knowing), but decided to scrap it because I thought, "Well, nobody else seems to be concerned, I'll just drop it."
I guess I was wrong to drop it after all. I realize that it was only a matter of time before some freakshow with a stuffed animal costume and No-More-Tears shampoo for jerk-lube got arrested (or, to be honest, arrested again as there have been pedos in the fandom sent to prison before), but for christs' sake. I wonder if the Pittsburgh media is going to be sending more reporters to AC this year. If you watch Leno tonight, let me know how it plays in the monologue eh?